Basics

What is Adobe Acrobat Reader DC?

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free, trusted standard for viewing, printing, signing, and annotating PDFs. It's the only PDF viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content – including forms and multimedia. And now, it’s connected to Adobe Document Cloud – so you can work with PDFs on computers and mobile devices.

With Acrobat Reader DC, you can also unlock premium features to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe PDF PackAdobe Export PDFAdobe Send & Track, or Adobe Sign.

Is Acrobat Reader DC free?

Yes. Acrobat Reader DC is free desktop software available on the Reader download page or wherever you see the Get Adobe Acrobat Reader icon.

Why should I upgrade to Acrobat Reader DC?

Acrobat Reader DC works with Adobe Document Cloud services to take the world’s best PDF viewer to an entirely new level. With an intuitive, touch-enabled interface, Acrobat Reader DC delivers powerful new functionality to help you get work done anywhere. The new Tools Center offers quick access to the tools you use most, while elegant new tool experiences work consistently across desktop, web, and mobile devices.

Do more with free applications:

  • Work with PDFs from anywhere with the new, free Acrobat Reader mobile app forAndroid or iOS. Select functionality is also available on Windows Phone.
  • Use the new Fill & Sign tool in your desktop software to complete PDF forms fast with smart autofill. Download the free Adobe Fill & Sign mobile app to add the same option to your iPad or Android tablet device.
  • Save money on ink and toner when printing from your Windows PC.

Sign up for free Adobe Document Cloud services to:

  • Store and access files in Adobe Document Cloud with 5 GB of free storage.
  • Get instant access to recent files across desktop, web, and mobile devices.
  • Sync your Fill & Sign autofill collection across desktop, web, and iPad devices.

Purchase a subscription to Adobe PDF Pack to unlock premium features in Reader on your desktop, the Acrobat Reader mobile app, and your web browser.

  • Convert documents and images to PDF files.
  • Use your mobile device camera to take a picture of a paper document or form and convert it to PDF.
  • Turn PDFs into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or RTF files.
  • Combine multiple files into a single PDF (web only).
  • Get signatures from others with a complete e-signature service.
  • Send, track, and confirm delivery of documents electronically instead of using fax or overnight services (tracking not available on mobile).
  • Store and access files online with 20 GB of storage.

To access individual tools only, purchase a subscription to Adobe Export PDF, or Adobe Send & Track.

New and enhanced features are typically released on a quarterly basis. To see what's new, read What's New and Changed for Acrobat Reader DC.

How do I download free Acrobat Reader desktop and mobile apps?

You can easily download free Adobe Acrobat Reader apps for multiple operating systems and devices:

  • Desktop app: Visit the Acrobat Reader download page to get Reader for your desktop. Once there, you can select your language, operating system, and connection speed.
  • Mobile app: To download this app, visit the Google Play or the iTunes App Store. You can also download the latest version of the mobile app for Windows Phone devices.

Do I need Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard to use free Acrobat Reader DC?

No. Acrobat Reader DC is a free, stand-alone application that you can use to open, view, sign, print, annotate, search, and verify PDF files. Acrobat Pro DC and Acrobat Standard DC are paid products that are part of the same family. See the Acrobat DC product comparison to explore the differences.

Desktop and mobile support

What desktop operating systems does Acrobat Reader DC support?

Acrobat Reader DC desktop software runs on both Windows and Mac operating systems.Download Reader desktop software now, or read system requirements.

What languages does Acrobat Reader DC work in?

Learn about language support on the system requirements page.

Is Acrobat Reader available on mobile devices?

mobile device into a serious business tool. Just like Reader on the desktop, Acrobat Reader DC for mobile is free and continues to offer the industry’s most reliable mobile experience for viewing and interacting with PDFs. And now, with the addition of Adobe Document Cloud, you can unlock premium features within the app to do more with PDFs when you purchase a subscription to Adobe PDF Pack or Adobe Export PDF– as well as Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Visit the Google Play or the iTunes App Store to get Android and iOS versions, respectively. You can also download the latest version of the mobile app for Windows Phone device.

Functionality

What commenting tools are available in Acrobat Reader DC?

Reader makes it easy to annotate PDF documents. With Reader on your desktop, you can: annotate PDFs using sticky notes; type text directly onto the page; highlight, underline, or use strikethrough tools; and draw on the screen with the freehand drawing tool. The same commenting tools are also available in Acrobat Reader for mobile.

Can I fill out and save forms with Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. The new, built-in Fill & Sign tool automatically recognizes whether your PDF has fillable form fields or not and takes you to an intuitive filling experience to get the job done quickly and easily. With a fillable form, it’s easy to type your answers or select from drop-down lists, then save your completed form. When working with simple PDFs that haven’t been optimized with form fields, you can click anywhere and type answers right onto the form – or you can accept suggestions from your personal autofill collection. When you’re done, you can save your changes and send the completed form to others.

Using the Adobe Fill & Sign mobile app, you can do the same tasks on your iOS or Android devices too. To download the Fill & Sign app, visit Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Can I sign documents and forms electronically with Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. The new, built in Fill & Sign tool makes it easy to sign documents and forms. Just open any PDF file, sign by typing or drawing your signature, or using an image.

Using the Adobe Fill & Sign mobile app, you can do the same tasks on your iOS or Android devices too. To download the Fill & Sign app for free, visit Google Play or the iTunes App Store. You can also fill and sign forms using your web browser.

Can I collect signatures from others and manage signed documents in Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. When you subscribe to Adobe PDF Pack, you can request signatures from others and track and manage responses by choosing Send for Signature from the Tools Center in Reader.

Using the companion Adobe Sign mobile app, you can do the same tasks on an Android or iOS device. To download the app for free, visit Google Play or the iTunes App Store. You can also send files for signature using your web browser.

Can I create PDF files with Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. When you subscribe to Adobe PDF Pack, you can convert files to PDF by choosing the Create PDF tool from the Tools Center in Reader. You can also create PDFs from the Acrobat Reader mobile app or your web browser.

Can I export PDF files as editable Office documents with Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. When you subscribe to Adobe Export PDF you can convert PDF files to Microsoft Word, Excel, or RTF files by choosing Export PDF from the Tools Center in Reader. When you subscribe to Adobe PDF Pack, you can also convert PDFs to PowerPoint. You can also export PDFs from the Acrobat Reader mobile app or your web browser.

Can I track sent files with Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. When you subscribe to Adobe Send & Track or Adobe PDF Pack, you can send and track documents electronically by choosing Send & Track from the Tools Center in Reader. When you use Adobe’s file sending tools, you don’t need to worry about email clients rejecting large files. And, you can track what you've sent, rather than relying on overnight delivery tracking – or your email system – as a storage system. You can also send files from the Acrobat Reader mobile app or send and track from your web browser.

Can I edit a PDF files using Acrobat Reader?

No. You cannot make permanent changes to text or images inside PDF files using Acrobat Reader. To edit PDF files, purchase Adobe Acrobat DC software.

I subscribe to Adobe PDF Pack. Has anything changed with the release of Adobe Document Cloud?

Yes. With the release of Adobe Document Cloud, powerful new functionality has been added to Adobe PDF Pack at the same affordable price.

  • Use the new Fill & Sign tool to complete any PDF form fast with smart autofill.
  • Use the new Send for Signature tool to send, track, manage, and store signed documents with a complete e-signature service.
  • Use the new Send & Track tool to send, track, and confirm delivery of documents electronically instead of using fax or overnight services.
  • Use your mobile device camera to take a picture of a paper document or form and convert it to PDF.

How does Acrobat Reader DC provide accessibility for people with disabilities?

Acrobat Reader DC makes it possible for people with disabilities – such as blindness, low vision, or mobility impairments – to interact with PDF documents and forms. Accommodations include built-in capabilities as well as support for users of assistive technologies. In addition, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC provides authors with a complete set of tools to create and optimize accessible PDF files.

Using Acrobat Reader DC on Windows, users can:

  • Customize accessibility preferences with an easy-to-use wizard
  • Work with magnifiers
  • Read PDFs out loud using built-in functions or working with professional screen-reading software
  • Set high-contrast colors for better visibility
  • NEW Read text easier in high contrast mode with dynamic background adjustment
  • Enable large-type display by setting text to reflow through pages

Using Acrobat Reader DC on Mac, users can:

  • NEW Work with the VoiceOver screen reader on Mac OS X computers
  • Work with magnifiers
  • Set high-contrast colors for better visibility
  • NEW Read text easier in high contrast mode with dynamic background adjustment
  • Enable large-type display by setting text to reflow through pages

Learn more at the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.

Security and compliance

What is Protected Mode?

To protect you and your organization from malicious code that attempts to use the PDF format to write to - or read from - a computer’s file system, Adobe delivers an implementation of "sandboxing" technology called Protected Mode. Enabled by default in Acrobat Reader DC, Protected Mode protects against attackers who attempt to install malware on your computer system and blocks malicious individuals from accessing – and extracting – sensitive data and intellectual property from your computer or corporate network.

How can I help control access to sensitive information?

Security settings and access privileges for a PDF file cannot be set in Reader; however, they can be set using Adobe Acrobat software. With security settings, authors can define who can open, view, print, copy, or modify a document. These capabilities help organizations protect the confidentiality of sensitive information. With access privileges, authors can define a password that users will need to open the document, or they can use a certificate ID to encrypt the document so select recipients can open it by entering their own, unique certificate IDs.

Is Adobe Document Cloud secure?

Yes. At Adobe, security practices are deeply ingrained into our internal culture, software development, as well as service operations processes. Whether related to identity management, data confidentiality, or document integrity, Adobe Document Cloud employs leading edge security practices to protect your documents, data, and personal identifiable information to the highest degree possible. For additional information about our company security practices, the Adobe Secure Product Lifecycle, or Adobe Document Cloud solution security, see the Adobe Security pages on adobe.com.

Does Acrobat Reader DC comply with accessibilty regulations such as U.S. Section 508?

Adobe is committed to accessibility and strives to address it in its products and services. U.S. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC features that support accessibility for people with disabilities are summarized in the Adobe Acrobat Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT).

Does the Acrobat Reader mobile app support enterprise mobility management (EMM)?

Yes. Adobe is committed to helping enterprise customers meet demand for mobile business productivity solutions while safeguarding enterprise security and compliance. The Acrobat Reader mobile app supports the Android for Work EMM platform, and Adobe Acrobat Reader for Microsoft Intune is available for iOS and Android..

Enterprise deployment

Can my organization distribute Acrobat Reader DC?

Yes. You can easily apply for a license to distribute Reader in volume.

What tools are available to deploy, customize, and update Acrobat Reader in the enterprise?

It's easy to deploy, customize, and update Acrobat Reader in your organization. You can control enterprise-wide deployment — and help reduce IT costs — using various tools and methods, including the Adobe Customization wizard or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). For more information about enterprise deployment, visit theIT resources page.

What’s the difference between Continuous and Classic tracks for Acrobat Reader DC desktop product?

Acrobat Reader DC desktop software is available for deployment using either “continuous” or “classic” tracks.

All versions of Reader downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/reader use the continuous track, which updates silently and frequently to stay current with new features, security and platform enhancements, and bug fixes. If desired, IT administrators can turn off automatic updates to test a new version before rolling it out to employees. Only the latest version is available for download. IT administrators can also tune out free Adobe Document Cloud services so employees don’t see the options presented in their user experience.

Using similar update methods to Reader X and XI, the classic track uses a quarterly update cadence to deliver security and platform enhancements and bug fixes only. The Classic track does enable access to free Document Cloud services, but does not provide access to new or enhanced features. IT administrators can tune out Document Cloud services if desired. Learn more.

What is the Acrobat Reader DC MUI version?

Adobe Acrobat Reader MUI is Adobe's Multilingual User Interface version of Reader, which lets you roll out the same worldwide image of Reader with a single installation. Local users can then select a user interface language, or it can be set by group policy for organizational units.

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