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Foliate – free and open source simple and modern eBook viewer for Linux desktop


  • Supported formats for reading e-books: EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, FictionBook (.fb2,, and comic book archive formats (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7).

Easy navigation:

  • Use a swipe, wheel, arrow key or mouse to flip page;
  • Viewing the table of contents;
  • Search in one or all chapters;
  • The reading progress slider with Chapter labels makes it easy to find where you are reading;
  • Estimate the remaining amount of time to read the Chapter and the book as a whole;
  • Actions with images: zoom, rotate, copy, save to hard disk, and view in negative;
  • Open footnotes in popovers;
  • Trackpad gestures – use two-finger swipe to turn the page;
  • Open multiple books at the same time, or open the same file in multiple windows.

Bookmarks and annotations:

  • Support for bookmarks;
  • Annotation support: create, open, search, import and export;
  • Foliate stores your reading progress, bookmarks, and annotations in your XDG data directory as simple JSON files, so you can easily export or sync them.


  • Look up words in Wiktionary, Wikipedia, or offline DICT and StarDict dictionaries;
  • Translate passages with Google Translate;
  • Text-to-speech with eSpeak NG, Festival, or other engines; Get books online from OPDS feeds.

It is possible to configure:

  • Font family and size;
  • Line spacing, margins, and page width;
  • Brightness;
  • Choose a theme;
  • Page view: auto, single-column, two-column, or continuous scrolling layouts;
  • Use the font from the publisher;
  • Width alignment;
  • Automatic word wrap;
  • Skeuomorphic mode;
  • Auto-hide cursor and window controls;
  • Supports text with a message from right to left and vertically.

  • Search and sort by added books: all, title, author, tags, description, publisher, language;
  • Full screen mode support;
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts.

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The software Foliate is available for installation on Linux.

Installation methodOS
PPAUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/foliate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install foliate

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via Snap package

sudo snap install foliate

Install Software via Flatpak package

flatpak install flathub com.github.johnfactotum.Foliate

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:2.4.2
Developer:Team Foliate
Programming language:JavaScript
License:GPL v3

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