Pdf reader that supports XFA forms (while Adobe Reader for Linux is not supported anymore)?

  • Master PDF Editor for Linux has a free and a commercial version, and even the free version has many advanced features, among which "Dynamic XFA form support".

  • Playonlinux has an option to install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. But oddly, only letting PoL download and install the program works, while when selecting the latest version (AcroRdrDC1700920044_en_US) of the exe file previously downloaded locally the installation fails with an error. I have noticed this on several occasions, and also that PoL installs a different older version: 2015.010.20056.

  • In Ubuntu-16.04-systems the method of installing Adobe Reader 9 for 14.04 (link) still works.

As suggested in Chris' answer, the newer versions of Evince/GNOME Document Viewer, can better handle XFA files, and good enough for the file in question - tested version 3.24.0.

Had a .pdf form with XFA fields I couldn't fill in. Downloaded and installed Master-pdf, free version:


Did the trick, at least with the form I needed. I'm running:

$ uname -a
Linux debianHP 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.43-2+deb8u1 (2017-06-18) x86_64 GNU/Linux

evince works for some XFA files. I just tried it on two and it worked just fine on one, but with the other I got a page that said to download Adobe Reader.