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Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports PDF, Postscript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI formats. The goal of Evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist in the GNOME Desktop with a single easy to use application.

The software shares much of the functionality offered by Adobe Reader with the exception of bookmarking, PDF files with Javascript animation, and PDF Browser plugins.

Evince has a similar feature set to Adobe Reader. It is not as quick as Adobe Reader at rendering complex PDF documents. Neither does Evince currently have any browser plugin functionality.

 Evince 3.17.1

Free to download



Bryan Clark, Carlos García Campos, David Malcolm, James Bowes, Jonathan Blandford, Kristian Høgsberg, Martin Kretzschmar, and Nickolay V. Shmyrev


System Requirements
GTK+ version 2.10.x
Poppler 0.54
Standard GNOME libraries

Optional libraries:
DjVuLibre for DjVu viewing
Rar for viewing CBR comics

Evince Wiki, Evince Mailing List

Selected Reviews:
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Features include:

  • Integrated search displaying the number of results found and highlights the results on the page
  • Page Thumbnails
  • Document Indexes - When index information is included in a PDF, Evince will display it in a tree format.
  • Document Printing - using the GNOME/GTK printing framework Evince can print any document it can open
  • Encrypted Document Viewing

Formats supported:

  • Portable Document Format (PDF) using the Poppler backend
  • Postscript using the GhostScript backend
  • Multi-Page Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
  • Impress
  • DjVu using the DjVuLibre backend
  • DeVice Independent (DVI) - the output format of the TeX typesetting software
  • Comics
  • Images

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