Follow the instructions below to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on Windows.

Mac users: If you're running Mac OS, see Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on Mac OS.

System requirements

Before you install, always make sure that your system meets the minimum system requirements.

Installing Reader on older operating systems

You need Windows 7 or later to run Acrobat Reader DC. If your operating system is older,
you can install an earlier version of Reader. For step-by-step instructions, see Install an older version of Adobe Reader | Windows.

Note:

If you're not sure which version of Windows you have, see Which Windows operating system am I running?

Explorer: Download and install Acrobat Reader DC

Follow these steps to install Acrobat Reader DC using Internet Explorer.

  1. Close all versions of Reader. Close any browser that is displaying a PDF.
  2. Go to the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page and click Install now.

    Acrobat Reader download page

    Note:

    You need Windows 7 or later to run Acrobat Reader DC. If you're running an older version of Windows, the Adobe Reader download page looks like this:

    Acrobat Reader download page for older versions

    You can install an older version of Acrobat Reader. For instructions, see Install an older version of Adobe Reader | Windows.

  3. When the file download message appears at the bottom of the browser window, click Run.

    Click Run

    Note:

    Acrobat Reader DC installation is a two-part process: The installer is downloaded, and then Reader is installed. Be sure to wait until both parts are complete. A progress bar displays the time remaining.

  4. When you see the confirmation message that the installation is complete, click Finish.

    Click Finish

Firefox: Download and install Acrobat Reader DC

Follow these steps to install Acrobat Reader DC using Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Close all versions of Reader. Close any browser that is displaying a PDF.
  2. Go to the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page and click Install now.

    Acrobat Reader download page

    Note:

    You need Windows 7 or later to run Acrobat Reader DC. If you're running an older version of Windows, the Adobe Reader download page looks like this:

    Acrobat Reader download page for older versions

    You can install an older version of Acrobat Reader. For instructions, see Install an older version of Adobe Reader | Windows.

  3. When the Opening dialog box appears, click Save File.

    Click Save File
  4. Press Ctrl+J to open the download Library. When the download Library window appears, double-click the .exe file for Reader.

    Open the download Library
  5. If prompted to open the executable file, click OK.

    Click OK

    Note:

    Acrobat Reader DC installation is a two-part process: The installer is downloaded, and then Reader is installed. Be sure to wait until both parts are complete. A progress bar displays the time remaining.

  6. When you see the confirmation message that the installation is complete, click Finish.

    Click Finish

Chrome: Download and install Acrobat Reader DC

Follow these steps to install Acrobat Reader DC using Google Chrome.

  1. Close all versions of Reader. Close any browser that is displaying a PDF.
  2. Go to the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page and click Install now.

    Acrobat Reader download page

    Note:

    You need Windows 7 or later to run Acrobat Reader DC. If you're running an older version of Windows, the Adobe Reader download page looks like this:

    Acrobat Reader download page for older versions

    You can install an older version of Acrobat Reader. For instructions, see Install an older version of Adobe Reader | Windows.

  3. Click Save to download the Reader installer.

  4. When the downloaded file appears at the bottom of the browser window, click the .exe file for Reader.

    Click the Reader.exe file at the bottom of the browser

    Note:

    Acrobat Reader DC installation is a two-part process: The installer is downloaded, and then Reader is installed. Be sure to wait until both parts are complete. A progress bar displays the time remaining.

  5. When you see the confirmation message that the installation is complete, click Finish.

    Click Finish

Still need help?

For a list of known issues and more in-depth troubleshooting, see Troubleshoot Adobe Reader installation | Windows

To see if other users are experiencing similar download and installation problems, visit the Acrobat Reader user forum. Try posting your problem on the forums for interactive troubleshooting. When posting on forums, include your operating system and product version number.   

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