Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader 8.  Later versions include support for Windows Vista.

Application Details:

Version: 8.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.14

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Test Results

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What works

Installation and viewing PDF files -- after editing the EULA registry key as explained in the HowTo.

What does not

  • File menu sometimes does not show text
  • Selecting "Preferences" from the Edit menu causes a page fault (crash)
  • Adobe Help Viewer shows a blank page (likely a limitation in Wine's built-in iexplore)
  • Software updates do not work. After downloading, it asks to shut down Acrobat to install update but doesn't make it any further.
  • Clicking a link to PDF file in Wine's iexplore implementation (Wine Gecko) does not work.
  • the EULA and "Beyond Adobe Reader" dialog boxes do not render correctly. This makes it necessary to edit the registry to accept the license agreement. (see howto below)


What was not tested

I only tested the basics of the reader such viewing documents and trying a few menu items. I'm sure I could find more ways to make it seg fault :)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Adobe uses iexplore in some dialog boxes to render HTML. Many of the limitations of running this version of Acrobat Reader in Wine are related to Wine's incomplete implementation of iexplore. ** At any rate, there are native Linux/Mac/Solaris versions of Adobe Reader with plugins that work in Linux/Mac/Solaris browsers. Use them instead if possible. **

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Jul 23 20161.9.14Yes Yes PlatinumDarki 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 20 20161.6.2Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Nov 20 20091.0.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20081.1.5Yes Yes SilverTrisan 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 26 20081.1.2Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
6775 Sony CD Architect 5.2 crashes on startup (msxml domdoc_createTextNode should access/treat input BSTR data as wide-character string) CLOSED FIXED View
9519 Adobe Reader 8.1 (and Acrobat Pro 8): Unable to accept License (window.external object) CLOSED FIXED View
9520 Adobe Reader 8.1: License not visible (html-page) CLOSED DUPLICATE View
9994 mshtml: No icons visible in the Adobe Reader 8.1 "First Run" - Advertisement CLOSED FIXED View
11849 Adobe Acrobat Pro 6 & 7 / Adobe Reader 6 & 7 -- Updates fail CLOSED FIXED View
13359 Adobe Reader 8 plugin crashes on EULA in Firefox 3 [dogfood] CLOSED FIXED View
13891 start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup) CLOSED FIXED View
15609 Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 crashes with mouse over embedded comments CLOSED ABANDONED View
16373 Adobe Reader 8.1 can't open "Beyond Adobe Reader" CLOSED FIXED View
16805 Adobe Acrobat can't connect to password server CLOSED DUPLICATE View
18958 Adobe Reader 9 has a divide by zero error during install CLOSED FIXED View
36024 Adobe Reader 8.1.1 fails to install CLOSED FIXED View

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