PDF forms

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This article is meant to guide (Arch)linux users to use pdf forms. Some of the information here is from this thread.

Reading and filling PDF forms


Evince (available in the extra repository) is a GNOME application that can read, fill, and save PDF forms. However, it seems to be unable to work with checkboxes accurately (As of 23/JL/2008).

For those of you who do not use GNOME, the only gnome-specific dependencies seem to be gnome-icon-theme, gnome-keyring, and gconf.


Inkscape is an image editing program that can be used to fill PDF forms by importing the PDF file and simply inserting text fields where you want them to be. Its not really filling the form (the fields will probably still be blank if the forms are to be read electronically), but should work well enough if you intend to print them.


Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4. The last stable release is Okular 0.10, shipped in the kdegraphics module of KDE SC 4.4.

Its development began as part of Google's Summer of Code program. The description of the project is located at KDE Developer's Corner.

Okular combines the excellent functionalities of KPDF with the versatility of supporting different kind of documents, like PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, and others. The document format handlers page has a chart describing in more detail the supported formats and the features supported in each of them.

You can easily install Okular: pacman -S okular

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Naturally, Adobe's Reader (available through the AUR) will be able to read and fill PDF files.

Cabaret Stage

This freeware application claims to be able to read, fill, and save PDF forms.