Install ‘qpdfview’ (PDF Viewer) 0.4.2beta1 on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS

‘qpdfview’ is a features rich, fast loading, PDF viewer. It was first released only for Ubuntu, but now packages exist for other GNU/Linux distributions as well.

I came across it when it was pretty new, and since then it has been updated with various new features & improvements, including a new ‘settings’ window, which when compared to the one it had back then, has a lots of new options!.

Now we can manually set a background & page colors (very useful), add annotations, supports showing page thumbnails, enable/disable tabs, change page & thumbnail spacing settings (including the display size), configure text hinting, change keyboard shortcuts, enable page prefetching for faster page loading times, change how many pages to be included in a ‘row’, configure modifiers for enabling keyboard shortcuts for ‘Zooming’, ‘Rotate’, ‘Copy to Clipboard’ and more.

Don’t let the ‘initial simplicity’ fool ya! 😉 …


I also observed that ‘qpdfview’ uses a bit more memory than ‘Evince’ (default document viewer in ‘Unity’). But that’s because, by default ‘qpdfview’ use a ‘cache’ size of 32MB. So just to test, I reduced it to zero MB, disabled page prefectching, and after that, the memory usage became pretty much the same for both viewers (while opening the same document of course).

But I recommend that you keep the cache size to an acceptable level (depending on your RAM) & optionally, enable page prefecthing for faster page loading times as well.

For selecting texts, first press & hold the ‘Shift’ key and then use your mouse to select the text field. You can modify the shortcut via the ‘Settings’ window.


Anyhow, if interested, you can install ‘stable’ versions of ‘qpdfview’ on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS, 11.10, 11.04 & 10.04 by using the below commands. If you prefer the ‘unstable’/’daily-builds’, skip the below commands and use the ones below it.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:b-eltzner/qpdfview

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qpdfview

For ‘unstable’ packages, use the below ones.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:adamreichold/qpdfview-dailydeb

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qpdfview

That’s it.

Any issues ?

Well, while trying to highlight or copy texts, the content area flickers (goes to displaying a white/blank surface & then come back to displaying the content, over & over again). That’s probably because the 0.4.2 version is still a ‘beta’ release, so its probably a bug.

Other than that, ‘qpdfview’ worked like a charm. Good luck.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

2 thoughts on “Install ‘qpdfview’ (PDF Viewer) 0.4.2beta1 on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS”

  1. Came to your page because of installation issue with FoxitReader, which I needed for its graphical copy function. This is even better. Thanks!


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