Zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer with vi-styled keybindings. It provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction. Different file formats are supported through plugins. Support is available for PDF, PS, DjVu and CB files.
Install the package along with the desired optional dependencies:
- - Comicbook support
- - DjVu support
- MuPDF - EPUB, PDF and XPS support based on
- Poppler - PDF support based on
- - PostScript support
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").
Zathura can adjust the document to page-fit (
a) or to fit width (
s), and it can rotate pages (
r). It can view pages side-by-side (
d) and has a fullscreen mode. Pages can also be recolored to have a black background and white foreground (
C-r). Most of vi's movement/scrolling commands are supported.
Links cannot be followed by clicking them. Instead one has to press
f to highlight all links on the page and assign them a number, typing the number of the link and pressing enter will then jump to the link's location. If
F is used, only the location of the link will be shown in the status bar.
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 customised using a configuration file. Zathura has the ability to execute external shell commands. It can be opened in tabs using tabbed.
Commands may be entered directly into Zathura by pushing
:, just like vi.
Enable copy to clipboard
set selection-clipboard clipboard
d to toggle side-by-side mode.
In side-by-side mode, to view the first page on the left side, enter the command
set first-page-column 1:1 into Zathura. This is particularly useful for reading music scans where typesetting optimizes page-turning on certain pages. Like other Zathura commands, this can go in
zathurarc as well.
Titlebar and statusbar tweaks
By default, the title and status bars will show the full path of the file opened.
window-title-basenameis set to true, only the file name will be shown in the window title.
window-title-home-tildeis set to true, the path to
$HOMEwill be contracted to
~in the window title.
statusbar-basenameis set to true, only the file name will be shown in the status bar.
statusbar-home-tildeis set to true, the path to
$HOMEwill be contracted to
~in the status bar.
You can open Zathura in tabs using `tabbed`.
tabbed -c zathura -e