Original author(s)Piotr Szymański
Initial release2005; 19 years ago (2005)[1][2]
Stable release
24.02.1[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 19 March 2024
Preview release
21.11.90[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 24 November 2021
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, Unix-like, Windows
TypeUniversal document viewer
LicenseGPL-2.0-only or GPL-3.0-only

Okular is a multiplatform document viewer developed by the KDE community and based on Qt and KDE Frameworks libraries. It is distributed as part of the KDE Applications bundle. Its origins are from KPDF and it replaces KPDF, KGhostView, KFax, KFaxview and KDVI in KDE 4. Its functionality can be embedded in other applications.


Okular was started for the Google Summer of Code of 2005 by Piotr Szymański.[1][2] Okular was identified as a success story of the 2007 Season of Usability.[5] In this season, the Okular toolbar mockup was created based on an analysis of other popular document viewers and a usage survey.

When it was ported to Qt 5 in December 2016, the version numbering jumped from 0.26 to 1.0.[6]

Since September 2019, Okular has been available in the Windows Store.[7]

In December 2020, the software versioning scheme was changed from sequence-based identifier to CalVer.

In February 2022, Okular was awarded the Blue Angel environmental label award by the German government for sustainable software design.[8][9]


Okular's annotation features include commenting on PDF documents, highlighting and drawing lines, geometric shapes, adding textboxes, and stamps. Annotations are stored separately from the unmodified PDF file, or (since version 0.15 with Poppler 0.20[10]) can be saved in the document as standard PDF annotations.

It is possible to select parts of the document for copying text or image to the clipboard. Other features include reading text aloud using the Qt Speech module part of Qt since Qt 5 (previously using the Jovie,[11][12]), trimming of white page borders and setting of bookmarks.

File format support

It supports the following file formats:[13]

The official version obeys the DRM restrictions of PDF files by default, which may prevent copying, printing, or converting some PDF files. However, this can be turned off in the options under "Obey DRM limitations".[15][16][17][18]

See also


  1. ^ a b KDE Developer's Corner - Google Summer of Code 2005 Projects Archived 2006-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b KDE Developer's Corner - Okular Archived 2005-12-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Create tag for 24.02.1".
  4. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  5. ^ Season of Usability Archived 2013-09-25 at the Wayback Machine Published on September 30th, 2007 by Ellen Reitmayr » Okular
  6. ^ "News".
  7. ^ "Get Okular". Microsoft.
  8. ^ Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss (16 March 2022). "First Ever Eco-Certified Computer Program: KDE's Popular PDF Reader Okular".
  9. ^ "Linux KDE receives first-ever eco-certification for Okular". Opensource.com.
  10. ^ "Bug 151614 - store annotations with documents". Archived from the original on 2014-08-19.
  11. ^ "3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux". Linux.com | The source for Linux information. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  12. ^ Jovie on KDE.org
  13. ^ Okular - Document format handlers status
  14. ^ KDE Applications 17.12.0 Full Log Page
  15. ^ Okular and DRM
  16. ^ Okular, PDF and file permissions
  17. ^ Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions
  18. ^ Debian Bug report logs - #531221 okular: Arbitrarily enforces DRM by default