I want to know how I can view pdf files without using any packages that need sudo command to be installed because I don't have sudo access.

I tried to use okular but it didn't work for me:

git clone git://anongit.kde.org/okular
cd okular
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/your/install/dir ..
make install

I didn't understand the path to my install (it's a folder that already exists or what).

THank you very much

  • 2
    Do you really need to view these in a terminal? Or do you mean you want to launch a graphical command to view a PDF from the terminal? Also, what distribution are you using? Do you have a graphical environment? If so, which one? Doesn't it come with a PDF viewer installed? Finally, if your make command worked, then you don't need the make install, you should be able to run okular from the directory where you just compiled it.
    – terdon
    Apr 11, 2020 at 14:10

1 Answer 1


It is where you want it installed to. You can probably skip this. As you can also run it from the build directory. However this is what you need to do:

  • Do mkdir "$HOME/3rd-party-stuff"
  • Then change /path/to/your/install/dir to "$HOME/3rd-party-stuff".

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