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Best Free PDF Readers for Viewing and Editing PDFs

You can view PDFs in your browser or an e-book reader. But to edit or annotate PDFs, download one of our recommended PDF readers.

Apps in this Guide

With the portable document format (PDF), you can create professional-looking documents that can then be viewed with a PDF reader or viewer. While you often need a paid application such as Acrobatmore

With the portable document format (PDF), you can create professional-looking documents that can then be viewed with a PDF reader or viewer. While you often need a paid application such as Acrobat Pro to create a PDF, you can easily find a free PDF viewer for almost any popular platform. PDF readers can be standalone desktop or mobile apps, or they can be built into a Web browser.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for in a PDF reader?
PDF readers offer a similar and small set of features. All of them enable you to view the text and graphical elements in a PDF file. Most PDF readers let you print the contents of a PDF, and a few free readers offer simple tools for annotating or marking up the PDF and applying a digital signature. With so many good free PDF readers available, one thing you should not need to do is pay for one.
Can I view PDFs in browsers?
Google Chrome can automatically display a downloaded PDF in the browser window. Firefox includes a built-in PDF viewer. Safari and Microsoft Edge can also display PDFs.
Can I view PDFs in e-book readers?
E-book readers can display PDFs. With Amazon's Kindle readers, you can upload and view PDFs on the device. Barnes & Noble's Nook and Apple's iBooks also let you read PDFs.

Best PDF readers

A handful of apps can easily handle the portable document format.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader lets you read, print, and annotate PDFs.

Google PDF Viewer

Google PDF Viewer

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Google PDF Viewer lets you view, print, and search PDF files.

Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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Foxit Reader enables you to view, annotate, and print PDFs.

Preview

Preview

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Preview, which is integrated in MacOS, lets you view and annotate PDFs, as well as sign and fill in forms.