Zathura (document viewer)

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Zathura Screenshot.png
Screenshot of zathura viewing a PDF file in Arch Linux.
Original author(s)Moritz Lipp, Sebastian Ramacher
Initial releaseSeptember 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)
Stable release
0.4.8[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 14 July 2021; 4 months ago (14 July 2021)
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeDocument viewer
Licensezlib License[3] Edit this on Wikidata

Zathura is a free, plugin-based document viewer. Plugins are available for PDF (via poppler or MuPDF), PostScript and DjVu. It was written to be lightweight and controlled with vi-like keybindings. Zathura's customizability makes it well-liked by many Linux users.[4]

Zathura has official packages available in Arch Linux,[5] Debian,[6] Fedora,[7] Gentoo,[8] OpenBSD,[9] OpenSUSE,[10] Source Mage,[11] Ubuntu,[12] and an unofficial macOS package provided by MacPorts.[13]

Zathura was named after the 2002 book Zathura and the 2005 film Zathura: A Space Adventure.[14]


Development on Zathura began on 12 August 2009.[15] On 18 September 2009, version 0.0.1 was announced to the Arch Linux community.[16]

Zathura has been an official Arch Linux package since April 2010.[17] Same year, by the end of July it was imported into Source Mage test grimoire.[18] It has been an official Debian package since at least 2011, as part of Debian Squeeze.[19]


Zathura automatically reloads documents. When working in compiled documents such as those written in LaTeX, Zathura will refresh the output whenever compilation takes place. Zathura has the option of enabling inverse search (using "synctex").[20][21]

Zathura can adjust the document to best-fit or to fit width, and it can rotate pages. It can view pages side-by-side and has a fullscreen mode. Pages can also be recolored to have a black background and white foreground.

Zathura can search for text and copy text to the primary X selection. It supports bookmarks and can open encrypted files.

The behavior and appearance of Zathura can be customized using a configuration file and it has reverse video/recolor mode (white text on a black background). Zathura has the ability to execute external shell commands. It can be opened in tabs using tabbed.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Programs With Movie Titles".
  2. ^ "Tag 0.4.8".
  3. ^ "LICENSE · master · pwmt / zathura". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  4. ^ "MakeTechEasier list of alternative PDF viewers". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Arch Linux zathura package".
  6. ^ "Debian zathura package".
  7. ^ "Fedora zathura package".
  8. ^ "Gentoo zathura package".
  9. ^ "OpenBSD zathura package".
  10. ^ "OpenSUSE zathura package".
  11. ^ "Source Mage zathura package".
  12. ^ "Ubuntu zathura package".
  13. ^ "MacPorts zathura package".
  14. ^ "pwmt". GitLab.
  15. ^ "Zathura initial commit".
  16. ^ "zathura - a document viewer".
  17. ^ "Arch Linux package history for Zathura".
  18. ^ "zathura package in Source Mage".
  19. ^ "Debian Squeeze package for Zathura".
  20. ^ "LaTeX forward/inverse searches with Zathura".
  21. ^ "Vim+Zathura+Synctex".
  22. ^ "Vim, Latex and Markdown preview scripts".

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