linux -> tools -> alternative PDF Viewer

mupdf is a pretty minimalistic pdf viewer: mupdf document viewer - with minimalistic interface

made and donated to GPL by

it not even has a menu bar?

apt-get install mupdf

a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer

The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased graphics. It renders text with metrics and spacing accurate to within fractions of a pixel for the highest fidelity in reproducing the look of a printed page on screen.

MuPDF is also small, fast, and yet complete. It supports PDF 1.7 with transparency, encryption, hyperlinks, annotations, searching and more. It also reads XPS and OpenXPS documents. MuPDF is written modularly, so features can be added on by integrators if they so desire.

Since the 1.2 release of MuPDF, we have optional support for interactive features such as form filling, javascript and transitions.


MuPDF is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Affero GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

MuPDF is Copyright 2006-2013 Artifex Software, Inc.

For commercial licensing please contact


Download packages of the latest release for your system:

The latest development source is available directly from the git repository:

git clone --recursive git://


The MuPDF developers hang out on IRC in the #ghostscript channel on

About Artifex Software Inc.

Artifex Software Inc. is the exclusive licensing agent for the highly regarded Artifex Ghostscript® PDF, PostScript, XPS, and PCL interpreter technologies. Ghostscript software began in 1988 as a freely available alternative to Adobe's PostScript products and is now widely recognized as a premiere independent implementation of all the leading page description languages. Artifex also developed and distributes the high-performance PDF and XPS rendering engine "MuPDF". In 2014 Artifex acquired the highly acclaimed SmartOffice MS Office mobile application.

Leader in Open Technologies

Known for its unique open architecture, availability of source code, responsive support and portability across an enormous range of CPU's, operating systems and output devices, Ghostscript and MuPDF software have long been considered some of the best pieces of freely available software on the Net.

Serving Industry Leaders Worldwide

The growing number of Artifex's licensees worldwide is testament to our successful application of these technologies in the commercial arena. Our clients include such industry leaders as Adobe Systems Inc., two divisions of Hewlett Packard, IBM, Konica-Minolta, Kyocera and Xerox. In addition, we have highlighted a few of our OEM customers under the "Partner Solutions" links on our home page.

Demonstrated Reliability and Performance

We've earned the confidence of our OEM customers through demonstrated reliability and highly competitive results on performance benchmarks. Each generation of Artifex's technologies reaches maturity through an exhaustive suite of regression tests. Before release to customers, Artifex's products are validated with the demanding Quality Logic conformance test suites (the de facto industry compatibility standard).

Expert, Responsive Customer Support

The foundation of Artifex's technical excellence is our experienced team of design engineers and QA experts. Our staff includes the most senior PDF, PostScript, XPS, PCL, and color science technologists in the industry. They provide responsive support for our existing technologies, as well as the expertise to extend those capabilities both as a part of our continuous product improvement process and by targeted development projects in response to specific customer needs.

Committed to Current and Emerging Technologies

As a technology provider, Artifex Software Inc. is committed to offering complete and independent implementations of all the commercially important high-level PDL's for the printing and document processing industry. With SmartOffice, Artifex customers can now view, edit, create, convert and print MS Office files. Artifex Software Inc. is continually expanding its array of interpreter and technology offerings to meet the current and emerging needs of our OEM customers.

Artifex's Track Record

Artifex Software Inc. began in 1993 as the exclusive commercial licensing agent for the Ghostscript. Ghostscript software was the first independent implementation of PDF and PCLXL. With an increasing presence in both host-based and embedded applications, Ghostscript technologies set the pace for PostScript, PDF, PCL5, PCLXL and XPS.

Open Technology

In support of the concept of open technology, Ghostscript software was created as a fully functional, cross-platform PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS interpreter with source code availability. Originally distributed as a freely available end-user package, Ghostscript software became highly sought after by OEMs who wanted to license it for their own products. Thus, Artifex was created to facilitate transfer of freely available software to commercial licensing applications. In keeping with Artifex's open source tradition, we also provide MuPDF under the open source AGPL license.