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PDF files: read and edit PDFs on a Raspberry Pi

PDF documents have all kinds of uses, from receipts and invoices from online shops, to newsletters and magazines – including The MagPi.

Whether you’re reading this article in print or as an electronic document, the pages you are reading began as PDF files, which are either sent to a printer or uploaded to the web.

There’s a reason for this. PDFs are excellent at preserving complex layouts of text and graphics, meaning that the recipient sees exactly what you intended them to see, regardless of the device and software used.

As well as guaranteeing quality and consistency when distributing documents, the PDF is an excellent tool for archiving documents and information. Rather than printing a receipt from a website or a document you’ve created, save it as a PDF (often called ‘printing to file’). This lets you keep a record that doesn’t take up any space, and which you can find easily without rifling through a filing cabinet or a stack of paper.

While we often think of PDF as a read-only file type – something that we can only look at – modern PDF software allows us to edit almost any PDF. For example, if a school emails a PDF letter asking for contact details, you can type those details into the PDF, save it, and email the completed form back. No more printing forms and hoping your child remembers to hand them to the teacher.

The good news is that you can complete all these tasks using a Raspberry Pi. This includes using the PDF viewer built into Raspbian to open, save, and print documents – but we’ll also show you how to install a more advanced PDF viewer to edit your PDF files.

>STEP-01: Saving PDF files

Whether you’re viewing a PDF from an email, a download, or a USB drive, save it to your Pi as you would any other file. To read The MagPi on your Raspberry Pi click here to download The MagPi issue 63. By default, the PDF file will open inside the Chromium web browser. Right-click and choose Save As and Save.

>STEP-02: Opening a PDF file

Double-click on the PDF file (located in the Downloads folder) and you will be asked which application you would like to use to open it. Open Accessories and choose PDF Viewer, and tick the Set selected application as default action for this file type box at the bottom to set PDF Viewer as your default PDF program. Click OK.

>STEP-03: Adjusting the view

To resize your PDF to fit the window, open the zoom menu (click the downwards arrow next to the size box at the bottom of the window). Choose a size, or use ‘fit width’ if you want the PDF page to be the same width as the window.

>STEP-04: Searching a PDF

You can search a PDF for specific words by clicking the binoculars button at the bottom of the window. Use ‘Match case’ or ‘Whole words only’ to narrow your search.

>STEP-05: Printing a PDF

To print your PDF, click the printer button at the bottom of the window. You can print the whole document, or a range using the Pages boxes.

>STEP-06: Installing Okular

If you want to edit a PDF, you’ll need to install Okular. Go to Menu > Preferences > Add/Remove Programs. Search for Okular, tick the box, and click OK. To open a PDF in Okular, right-click on the file and select Okular.

>STEP-07: Editing a PDF

Open the Tools menu in Okular and click Review to show the editing tools sidebar. To highlight or underline text, select the text with the cursor (as in a word processor), and click the relevant tool button. You can also add notes and shapes to the document.

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andredahl
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PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:20 am

What is the best PDF reader/viewer for Raspberry PI4 and how to install it ?

GlowInTheDark
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:01 am

I use xpdf.

Looks like:
should do it.
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andredahl
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:24 am

Thanks, I have to test it.

Will Qpdfview work as well ?

DirkS
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:54 am

andredahl wrote: ↑ Will Qpdfview work as well ?
That one is pre-installed on the Raspbian Buster images.
Works fine.

andredahl
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:00 pm

XPDF works fine, however qpdview will not install in add/remove software. The apply butten is ignored and the ok butten makes a jump out of the add/remove software application.

Any idea here ?

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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:21 pm

andredahl wrote: ↑ XPDF works fine, however qpdview will not install in add/remove software. The apply butten is ignored and the ok butten makes a jump out of the add/remove software application.

Any idea here ?
Just tried that, seems to work OK. Ok button is intended to leave the app. You need to use apply to apply any changes you make in the main window (ie selecting tick boxes etc).
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andredahl
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:44 pm

PI recomended some packages, when I choosed all the others in addition the apply butten worked. Got it installed, however it is not in any of the menues, but when I use the run command and write qpdfview the reader comes up. Why this is necessary I do not know ?

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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:06 pm

andredahl wrote: ↑ however it is not in any of the menues,
No 'PDF Viewer' in Accessories menu?

andredahl
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:16 pm

No unfortunately not. Only way to get it is through the run command,

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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:48 pm

andredahl wrote: ↑ No unfortunately not. Only way to get it is through the run command,
Odd, in my standard install I see the PDF View in the preferences menu.
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andredahl
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Re: PDF viewer

Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:28 pm

You are right, I found it in the Accessories menu. What was confusing was that both the qpdfview and xpdf got the same name "PDF viewer". I think both were present before the qpdfview was installed, then I was sure that both were xpdf files.

A closer check relieved that one was qpdfview and the other was xpdf.

Thank you very much for helping a newbie here

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PDF Reader for Raspberry Pi 3

I use Pi's headless for the most part, but my preferred PDF viewer on GNU/Linux generally is . It's fairly intuitive and feature rich (in some ways I prefer it to Adobe Acrobat).

It's under the KDE umbrella, meaning it uses the Qt widget library. KDE is a complete desktop environment, alternative to the LXDE derived one used by default in Raspbian. However, you don't need to use it to use okular.1

It is available in Raspbian:

If you don't have any Qt based apps installed previously, this may have a hefty dependency list. On my x64 machine here an instance is reasonably light memory wise for a complex GUI app with a resident size of ~55 MB viewing a 500 page pdf format ebook.

From https://okular.kde.org/:

Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, macOS, *BSD, etc.

The last stable release is Okular 1.9.

Okular combines the excellent functionalities with the versatility of supporting different kind of documents, like PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, XPS, ePub and others.


  1. KDE is quite a bit snazzier than LXDE, but I think it may be a bit much for most Raspberry Pis.
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