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

Evince v3.22 on GNOME
Developer(s)The Evince Team[1]
Stable release3.34.2[2] (25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)) [±]
Preview release3.35.2[3] (24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)) [±]
Written inPrimarily C, C++
Operating systemLinux
TypeDocument viewer
LicenseGNU General Public License

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 releases have included Evince since GNOME 2.12 (September 2005). Evince code consists mainly of C, with a small part (the code that interfaces with Poppler) written in C++. Many Linux distributions – including Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint – include Evince as the default document-viewer.

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

The Evince FAQ highlights the meaning of the word "Evince" as "to show or express something clearly".[5]


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.[6][7]

There was at one time a Windows version of Evince and it was then included on the VALO-CD, a collection of "all the best Windows programs".[8][9]


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.[10]

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.[11][12][13][14]

Since version 3.18.2 evince allows for text and highlight annotations of documents.

Supported document formats

Evince supports many different single and multi-page document formats:[15]

Built-in support
Optional support
Possible or planned support
Not supported

See also


  1. "Evince/Team – GNOME Live!". wiki.gnome.org. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  2. Petridis, Jordan (25 Nov 2019). "GNOME 3.34.2 Released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 14 Dec 2019.
  3. Catanzaro, Michael (24 November 2019). "GNOME 3.35.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. Gnome.org (March 2012). "Evince – Simply a Document Viewer". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. "Frequently Asked Questions about Evince". The GNOME Project. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2016-07-28. Q: What does the word Evince mean? [...] A: Evince means to show or express something clearly.
  6. Villa, Louis (June 2005). "ggv/gpdf and evince". Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  7. Cumming, Murray, Davyd Madeley; et al. (n.d.). "GNOME 2.12 Release Notes". Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  8. VALO-CD programs, retrieved 24 February 2012
  9. "The Best of Free and Open Source Software for Windows". Valo-Cd. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  10. The GNOME Project (February 2008). "Evince – Features". Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  11. PDF printing restrictions "The document viewer overrides this restriction by default"
  12. "Bug 305818 – allow the user to override document restrictions". bugzilla.gnome.org. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  13. "DRM protected PDF files". nabble.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  14. "Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions [LWN.net]". lwn.net. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  15. "Apps/Evince/SupportedDocumentFormats - GNOME Wiki!". wiki.gnome.org. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  16. "evince - View multipage documents". git.gnome.org. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
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