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Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Linux

After many tries, I finally found a good set of steps to install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in my Linux computer.

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  • Arch Linux (up to May 2022)*
  • Wine-stable 7.0

*The same configuration for Wine, winetricks and fonts should work in other Linux distributions.

1. Install wine-stable

Install Wine, the stable version with either an AUR helper or directly as below. Installation time ~25 minutes.

$ git clone
$ cd wine-stable
$ makepkg -si

Once Wine is installed, run:

$ winecfg

set the Windows Version to Windows 10, leave all the other features with their default values.

2. Install winetricks

Install winetricks with all these "verbs". Installation time ~10 minutes.

# pacman -S winetricks
$ winetricks atmlib riched20 wsh57 mspatcha allfonts msftedit

3. Installing fonts

Fonts seem to be one of the major troubles to make AARDC workable with Wine.

# fc-cache -vf

and reboot

4. Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Download the installer for Windows 10 (I'm using the installer AcroRdrDC1801120058_en_US.exe)

Proceed with the installation, but DO NOT OPEN THE READER IT YET!

Two keys in the Wine registry have to be modified to avoid automatic updates in AAR-DC, run $ wine regedit and change the value of these two keys:

  1. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Adobe ARM\Legacy\Reader\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100} change the value of Mode to 0.

  2. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Adobe ARM\1.0\ARM change the value of iCheckReader to 0.

Here, I have noticed that I need to reboot my computer, not sure why.

Now, open the Reader with the link created in the desktop or in the terminal with:

$ wine AcroRd32.exe

and select: "Always open with Protected Mode Disabled"

This should be enough to have a working Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in Linux.


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