Foxit Reader

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Foxit Reader
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Foxit Reader on Windows 8.1
Developer(s) Foxit Corporation
Stable release (December 1, 2014; 18 days ago (2014-12-01)) [±]
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP or later
Platform IA-32, x64
Size 35.7 MB
Type Desktop publishing software
License Freemium[1][2]

Foxit Reader is a multilingual PDF reader. Both the basic and full version readers can be downloaded for free, though the basic version offers to install third-party software.[3]

Foxit Reader is a PDF viewer which allows you to create, open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. Available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Early versions of Foxit Reader were notable for its short load time and small filesize. Foxit has been compared favorably to Adobe Reader.[4][5][6] The Windows version allows annotating and saving unfinished PDF forms, FDF import/export, converting to text, highlighting and drawing.


Foxit Reader is available for Windows XP and later.[7] While different versions are available for iOS, Windows RT, Android and Windows CE. It also supports the U3 smart drive when used with Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Foxit Reader 2.0 is the last version which runs on Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0. Foxit Reader 4.1.1 can be installed on unsupported versions of Windows such as Windows 98SE, by installing KernelEX 4.5 first.[8] [5] Version history with release notes is available from Foxit, although not including release dates.[9] However, other sites do provide release dates, some with more detail on changes.[10] [11]


With the 6.1.4 version, the Foxit installer was bundled with PUPs and adwares like OpenCandy. Following complaints from users, it was removed after version 6.2.1.[12]

In July of 2014, the Internet Storm Center reported that the mobile version for iPhone was transmitting telemetry data to remote servers located in China despite users attempting to opt-out of such data collection.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foxit Reader End User License Agreement
  2. ^ Foxit® PDF Technology Chosen for Google® Open-Source
  3. ^ Foxit Reader Free Download - Open PDF. (2012-03-17). Retrieved on 2014-05-05.
  4. ^ "PC World, Foxit (PDF) Reader review". Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  5. ^ a b "brothersoft, Foxit (PDF) Reader". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  6. ^ Russell, Dan (May 6, 2014). "cnet Foxit Reader 6.2 build 1866 review". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Foxit Software - Downloads(Latest Version)". 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  8. ^!topic/alt.windows98/fCgOxFA9ea8
  9. ^ "Version History". Foxit Corporation. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  10. ^ "Foxit Reader - Changelog". Softpedia. 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  11. ^ "Old Version of Foxit Reader (also includes current version)". OldApps. 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  12. ^ Foxit Forum
  13. ^ Wesemann, Daniel (22 July 2014). "App "telemetry"". InfoSec Handlers Diary. SANS Institute. 

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