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Evince logo 2011.svg
Evince 3.14.1.png
Evince 3.14.1 displaying a PDF of a public domain Federal Aviation Administration aircraft type certificate
Developer(s) The Evince Team[1]
Stable release 3.18 (September 23, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-09-23)[2]) [±]
Preview release 3.19.3 (December 16, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-12-16)) [±][3]
Operating system Linux, Solaris, BSD, other Unix-like, Windows
Type Document viewer
License GNU General Public License
Website wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince

Evince (/ˈɛvɪns/) is a document viewer for PDF, PostScript, DjVu, TIFF, XPS and DVI designed for the GNOME desktop environment.[4]

The developers of Evince intended to replace the multiple GNOME document viewers with a single and simple application. The Evince motto sums up the project aim: "Simply a Document Viewer".[4]

GNOME has included Evince since the release of GNOME 2.12 in September 2005. It is written mainly in C, with a small part (the code that interfaces with poppler) written in C++. A large number of Linux distributions include Evince as the default document viewer including Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint.

Evince is free and open-source software subject to the requirements of the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.


Evince began as a rewrite of GPdf, which its support programmers had started to find unwieldy to maintain. Evince quickly surpassed the functionality of GPdf and replaced both GPdf and GGV in the September 2005 release of GNOME 2.12.[5][6]

Evince is included on the VALO-CD, a collection of "all the best Windows programs".[7][8]


Evince incorporates an integrated search that displays the number of results found and highlights the results on the page. Users can optionally display (in the left sidebar of the viewer) thumbnails of pages to assist in page navigation within a document. When documents support indices, Evince gives the option of showing the document index for quickly moving from one section to another.[9]

Evince can show two pages at a time, left and right, and offers full-screen and slide-show views.

Evince allows the selection of text in PDF files and allows users to highlight and copy text from documents made from scanned images, if the PDF includes OCR data.

Evince used to obey the DRM restrictions of PDF files, which may prevent copying, printing, or converting some PDF files, however this has been made optional, and turned off by default in gconf.[10][11][12][13]

Supported document formats

Evince supports many different single and multi-page document formats:[14]

Built-in support
Optional support
Possible or planned support

See also


  1. "Evince/Team - GNOME Live!". wiki.gnome.org. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Clasen, Matthias (Sep 23, 2015). "GNOME 3.18". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved Sep 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "GNOME 3.19.x Development Series". Retrieved December 18, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gnome.org (March 2012). "Evince - Simply a Document Viewer". Retrieved 15 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Villa, Louis (June 2005). "ggv/gpdf and evince". Retrieved 26 June 26. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Cumming, Murray, Davyd Madeley; et al. (n.d.). "GNOME 2.12 Release Notes". Retrieved 2009-05-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. VALO-CD programs, retrieved 24 February 2012
  8. "The Best of Free and Open Source Software for Windows". Valo-Cd. Retrieved 2012-08-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. The GNOME Project (February 2008). "Evince - Features". Retrieved 2009-05-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. PDF printing restrictions "The document viewer overrides this restriction by default"
  11. Bug 305818 - allow the user to override document restrictions
  12. DRM protected PDF files
  13. Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions
  14. wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince/SupportedDocumentFormats

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