Adobe Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for Windows 7 and later

Application Details:

Version: DC
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Reading documents, saving (when workaround used), form filling. Windows 7 fonts were installed.

What does not

Screen greys out when attempting to sign signature field.


To get around signing problem when screen greys out, under Preferences - Signatures - Creation and appearance uncheck 'Use modern interface...'

What was not tested

Anything not listed as tested.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)Feb 03 20205.0Yes Yes YesGoldHarsh 
ShowCentOS 7Aug 13 20194.0.1No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldGuL916 
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Apr 13 20193.0.5Yes Yes YesGoldSteve Hubbard 
Showzz Do not useNov 27 20183.21-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesGoldKonstantin L 
ShowopenSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)Aug 01 20183.13No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverMaik Wagner 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
12501 Multiple application installers need mspatcha.dll ApplyPatchToFileA/W implementation (Microsoft Delta Compression API) NEW View
45549 Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - Save as Dialogue displays an empty window UNCONFIRMED View
47953 Adobe Reader DC fails to load files NEEDINFO View

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HowTo / Notes

Simple installation instructions

Submitting this installation guide for someone new to wine. Currently I could only get this to install using a Play on Linux installer with workarounds:

  1. Install Wine
  2. Install PlayonLinux
  3. Download the latest Adobe Reader from Adobe's website
  4. Run the Play on Linux Adobe Reader installer to install the software.
    1. If you get an error go to step 5
    2. If adobe installs fine then just go to step 10
  5. Now go to Configuration settings and change the wine configuration to Windows 7
  6. Go to the Misc tab in Configurations and select the option to run an exe
  7. Run the Adobe Reader installer this way
  8. Finally run the default Play on Linux Adobe Reader installer from Step 4 but make sure to overwrite existing bottle/drive and when the Adobe Exe starts installing just cancel out of it. This will ensure the remainder of the script from step 4 completes and icons are created
  9. Finally go back to the wine configuration and once again switch it to Windows 7
  10. Install the Microsoft fonts, especially the sego* fonts. This will ensure the pop-ups work as expected
XFA PDF forms

This is the only software that allows users to properly fill out XFA PDF forms. These forms are used by a lot of government agencies and other organizations. You cannot use the mobile versions of Adobe Reader to fill these forms either. You need a windows or Mac version to do this.

On Linux installing the windows Version of Adobe reader on wine allows you to get this ability.


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err:wineboot:start_services_process Unexpected termination of services.exe - exit code -1073741819
by sildeag on Thursday October 1st 2020, 19:08
I found that by deleting the Adobe Updater Service in the registry using "regedit" eliminated this issue which was created for all "wine" applications.
Fix installation
by Carlos Salvador Pérez Salgado on Wednesday April 15th 2020, 23:04
Hi, this is not my work but it could help you. I took ir from Elleni's comment at

I could successfully install Acrobat Reader through wine as following:

winetricks atmlib
winetricks riched20
winetricks wsh57
winetricks mspatcha

Get the Windows 7 fonts, especially the sego* fonts.

for ex. from here

Copy the them in /usr/share/fonts
execute command in a terminal:

sudo fc-cache -vf

After successful installation, at start up, select "always start with protected mode disabled" (not possible in wine)

Found solution here:
Installed Adobe Acrobat pro latest version on ubuntu 18.04.4 64 bit using wine 5.0
by Satpal on Sunday March 29th 2020, 1:12
Install Adobe Acrobat pro following your instructions. All went well . But I have to install windows 7 font pack to make visible all the tools and fonts of the adobe. I have to use adobe acrobat in order to open and fill XFA forms of Canadian government .

A big thank you . You saved my day.