Award-Winning PDF Reader Adds Mac and Linux Support

FREMONT, Calif. September 15, 2015 – Foxit® Software, a leading software provider of fast, affordable and secure PDF solutions, today announced that Foxit Reader, the company’s flagship PDF reader, is now available for the Mac® and Linux® platforms.  This release now provides a consistent user experience for PDF consumption across multi-platform environments, consisting of Foxit Reader for Windows®, Mac, and Linux desktops and Foxit MobilePDF for iOS®, Android®, and Windows Phone mobile devices.

Foxit Reader’s success and popularity has resulted in over 325 million installs; making it one of the most used PDF technologies in the industry. Now organizations can deploy a proven PDF solution enterprise-wide, allowing everyone to view, print, and annotate PDF documents.

Capabilities of the Foxit Reader for the Mac OS X and Linux platforms include:

View PDF

  • Open and view PDF files quickly and accurately

  • Open multiple documents at the same time and switch among open documents using tabs

  • Open password protected PDF files

  • View PDF files in single page, continuous, facing, or facing continuous mode

  • Easily navigate PDF files by page number, page thumbnail, or bookmark

  • Support zoom in or out of PDF files

  • Support page rotation

  • Support text search

  • Open password protected documents

Annotate PDF

  • Mark up the text in PDF files with text markup tools

  • Add notes in PDF files using the typewriter tool

  • Make comments in PDF files with sticky notes

Print Documents

  • Print PDF documents to physical printers

Microsoft RMS Support

  • Encrypt and decrypt PDF files with Microsoft Active Directory® or Azure Rights Management Services

  • Add security watermarks in protected PDF files to secure sensitive information

  • Specify file permissions

  • Microsoft RMS support is available as a paid for add-on

“Our customers have asked us to bring our lightweight, high performance, and feature rich PDF reader to the Linux and Mac platforms,” said Frank Kettenstock, vice president of marketing at Foxit. “Now multi-platform enterprises can standardize on a single PDF reader to provide a consistent PDF experience across desktop and mobile devices.  In addition, Mac and Linux consumers can now enjoy the superior technology of Foxit Reader on the system of their choice.”

For more information on the Foxit Reader or to download your free copy, please visit

To learn more about Foxit Software, visit Foxit at www.foxitsoftware.comor contact us at 1-866-MYFOXIT.


About Foxit Software

Foxit is a leading software provider of fast, affordable, and secure PDF solutions.  Businesses and consumers increase productivity by using Foxit’s cost effective products to securely work with PDF documents and forms.  Foxit is the #1 pre-installed PDF software, shipped on one-third of all new Windows PCs, including those from HP®, Acer, and ASUS®.

Foxit’s Software Development Kits (SDKs) help developers reduce costs and improve time to market by easily integrating industry leading PDF technology into application workflows. This technology shares the same underlying technology that powers Google’s open-source PDFium project.

Winner of numerous awards, Foxit has over 325 million users and has sold to over 100,000 customers located in more than 200 countries. Since Foxit products are ISO 32000-1/PDF 1.7 standard compliant, they are compatible with your existing PDF documents and forms.

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  • Foxit Reader Crashing

    I've been using Foxit Reader for a while and really like it. However, today it is crashing. I tried to open a file and a box came up saying apologies, but Foxit Reader has crashed. It gave me the options to say what I was doing when it crashed, send a crash report and to include the file I was trying to open. I didn't want to include the file since it was personal (husbands payroll summary in an e-mail) I sent the crash report and a gray box came up saying there was an error and report could not be sent, and there was an e-mail address given for Foxit Reader support. I sent an e-mail to this address and the mail was returned saying it couldn't be delivered. Is anyone else experiencing this? Very suspicious to me. I have even uninstalled the reader and reinstalled thinking there was a corrupt file and I still can't open any files.

  • #2
    Install with "Run as administrator"


    • #3

      I don't know why but my reply above isn't being displayed in full?!! I tried re-entering the text a number of times. Anyway, it should read that my Foxit Reader carried out an online update to version 611.1031 and now I have got the exact same problem as reported by JD60. Downloading the setup file manually and installing it as Administrator made no difference. Clearly, there is a problem with this latest version. Using Windows 8.1 32bit.
      Last edited by Menorca Man; 11-15-2013, 09:15 AM. Reason: Added O.S. Version


      • #4
        I have been encountering the same problem and have tried reinstalling but still come up with the same problem. Install as administrator did not work for me either.


        • #5
          Tried completely uninstalling Foxit, rebooting and then reinstalling but still get the Crash Report whenever I start the program. However, if I just ignore the pop-up Crash Report and click on the "Don't Send" button, Foxit Reader appears to function normally. Hmm, looks like a spurious warning that needs to be sorted by Foxitsoftware.
          Last edited by Menorca Man; 11-15-2013, 02:20 PM.


          • #6

            I have version (portuguese language). Uninstall it and install (as administrator) version It installs but then the program does not start.
            This is the report from the action center:
            Faulting application name: Foxit Reader.EXE, version:, date stamp / time: 0x52722adb
            Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.1.7601.18247, time stamp / time: 0x521ea91c
            Exception code: 0xc0000374
            Deviation of failure: 0x000c3873
            Process ID failed: 0xeec
            Date / time start the application failed: 0x01cee29df7246694
            Faulting application path: C: \ Program Files \ Foxit Software \ Foxit Reader \ Foxit Reader.EXE
            Faulting module path: C: \ Windows \ System32 \ ntdll.dll
            Report ID: 389b4f84-4e91-11e3-8bcb-0026f3ca86d3.

            OS: Win7 32bit (portuguese language)

            Grateful for any help


            • #7

              I, too, have been using FoxIt for over a year with no problems. Now when I try to open a pdf file I get a blank page with a black x enclosed in a circle in the upper left-hand corner.


              • #8
                I too am having this same problem. Foxit reader appears not to be working since a recent update. Looks like we'll have to go back to Adobe - unfortuntely.


                • #9
                  Hi, sorry to come here only to add a "me too", but the same thing happened to me... I am on Win xp SP2. No firefox, but Chrome (just in case it's a plugin problem-even if I don't think so.)
                  A couple of days ago Foxit run an update to ver. and bam! stopped working. It started showing for a couple of days the update engine working forever in Windows Task Manager, then at last the software updated, and suddenly I cannot open a single pdf file. Fortunately I can create working pdf files from word, but I cannot open them anymore. It seems there's a big bug here, please don't let us go back to Adobe, I need to edit pdfs, not only viewing them, and I'm NOT buying Adobe.


                  • #10
                    Hopefully Foxitsoftware is following this thread and trying to understand the problem(s) being caused by Version Meanwhile, they should pull this latest release off their update server until it's fixed before even more people are affected.


                    • #11
                      Guys try other, if not better free pdf viewers:

                      pdf xchange

                      Windows 8.1 Operating System


                      Windows 8.1 Opens PDF's just fine, don't Foxit anymore


                      • #12
                        I wonder if Foxit is even paying any attention to this problem? As I posted before, I sent an e-mail to FoxitReader customer support, and the e-mail was returned, saying it couldn't be delivered. I would hate to return to Adobe; it was causing me so many problems, that is why I went to Foxit.


                        • #13
                          Hmm, very interesting!! I've just re-downloaded Foxit and noticed the file size differed from the ones I downloaded a number of times a few days ago. Checked the MD5 checksum and Properties of both files and, sure enough, they were completely different. So, with fingers crossed, I installed the latest download and BAM!! ....everything works as it should!!!
                          So, either the original file held on Foxitsoftware's server was corrupt or else they fixed the problem and uploaded a revised file without changing the version number or telling anyone about it. Anyway, at least for me, the problem I reported is now solved.
                          Last edited by Menorca Man; 11-22-2013, 09:35 AM.


                          • #14
                            Unfortunately, I've downloaded two installers from two different locations (Foxit's own download page, and another from a FileHippo mirror) and both installers do not work. I was momentarily buoyed by your experience of finding an installer with a different size (both files were different in size) but was again disappointed. Am back to 6.0.6 for now.


                            • #15
                              Hi Eric,
                              Sorry to hear that you are still having a problem. Is it the same problem that was reported by JD60 initially? I too downloaded the installers from the FoxitSoftware website and the file that worked (and continues to work) correctly for me has a MD5 checksum of 5C226E4C30C08D3EC98B1EE683F9BB7D.
                              Try uninstalling the old version, rebooting your system and then run CCleaner's (or similar) File and Registry cleaners before installing v6.1.1.1031. Ensure the installer has the same MD5 checksum as detailed above.