What is the best PDF editor for Ubuntu Linux?

Sharan June 2, 2013

I want a software or app which can highlight text, OCR if it is a scanned PDF and add signature. I am really surprised that there is no powerful software for the same in Linux.
Please, please help!

  1. Leila
    August 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Give a try to PDF Studio, there is a demo available

    It has everything you asked for. And, as a java app,, it runs on Linux but also Mac and Windows and you can use the same license on 2 computers:


  2. Saba
    July 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Try pdfXchange. It installs on Linux using wine and is very comparable to Adobe Acrobat in terms of editing features for pdf. I don't know if it can do OCR for scans though, have never tried it.

  3. Jeffrey Wilson
    June 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Okular is is a very good pdf reader that is open source adobe reader can be installed also
    through your package manager and foxit reader is available for linux free.

  4. Gaurav Joshi
    June 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    evince is great pdf reader for editing
    i suggest Okular,Inkscape,pdfedit

    • dragonmouth
      October 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Okular is a great program. However, it is designed for KDE desktop while Ubuntu uses Gnome/Unity as the desktop. Installing Okular on Ubuntu will also install hundreds of megs of KDE modules. PDFEditor or pdfedit are designed for Gnome so they will not install unnecessary modules.

  5. susendeep dutta
    June 3, 2013 at 6:53 am
  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm


    Why don't you install WINE on Linux, to install and take advantage of the Windows applications? After you have installed WINE, then probably you can try the PDF solutions from Foxit on it.

    • dragonmouth
      June 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      IMO it would be best if Sharan used a native Linux solution. Installing WINE so a Windows solution can be used adds two layers of software where problems can arise. The simpler the solution, the better. WINE and Windows should be used only if there are no Linux programs able to do the job.

  7. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    UbuntuGeek has a really good list of PDF Editing Tools with features, how to install and examples.


  8. 1hegame
    June 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The one which is most popular in the software center. I always follow this rule. Whenever I have to find the best just let the provider gives you and generally it is the "first" result having 4.5 star rating out of 5. You can also read users' reviews. Only search for 'pdf editor'.

  9. ha14
    June 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Have you tried online tool

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