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Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. The goal of evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.

Evince is specifically designed to support the file following formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt). For a comprehensive list of formats supported, see Supported Document Formats.

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Evince document viewer

Opening a PDF in the Linux Terminal

To open a PDF instantly in your Linux terminal, you have to follow the steps listed below:

Step # 1: Do a System Update

First, you should quickly update your system with the following command:

# Update your system
$ sudo apt update
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Step # 2: Install Evince on your System

After updating your system, you need to install a tool on it known as “Evince”. This tool can be installed by executing the command shown below:

# Install Evience
$ sudo apt install evince
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It is an extremely lightweight tool which is why it will hardly take a minute to install it on your Linux system after which you will see the following messages on your screen.

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Install Evince on your System

Step # 3: Use Evince to Open a PDF in your Linux Terminal:

Now when “Evince” has been successfully installed on your Linux system, you can use it to open a PDF in your terminal by executing the command shown below:

# Opening a pdf in the terminal
$ evince pdffile.pdf
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After executing this command, your PDF will instantly open in the terminal.


In this article we showed you how to open a pdf document using the terminal.

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