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Evince logo.svg
Evince 2.26.1 displaying a PDF
Developer(s) The Evince Team
Stable release 2.28.1 / October 19, 2009; 4 month(s) ago (2009-10-19)
Preview release 2.29.1 / October 26, 2009; 4 month(s) ago (2009-10-26)
Operating system Linux, Solaris, BSD, other Unix-like, Windows
Type Document viewer
License GNU General Public License

Evince is a document viewer for PDF, PostScript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI designed for the GNOME desktop environment.[1]

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".[1]

GNOME has included Evince since GNOME 2.12 was released in September 2005. It is written mainly in C, with a small part (the code that interfaces with poppler) written in C++.

Released under the GNU General Public License, Evince is free software.



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.[2][3]


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.[4]

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.

Supported document formats

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

Built-in support
Optional support
Possible or planned support

See also


  1. ^ a b (June 2008). "Evince - Simply a Document Viewer". Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  2. ^ Villa, Louis (June 2005). "ggv/gpdf and evince". Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ Cumming, Murray, Davyd Madeley et al. (undated). "GNOME 2.12 Release Notes". Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  4. ^ The GNOME Project (February 2008). "Evince - Features". Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

External links


GPDF is an acronym for:

  • Gurage People’s Democratic Front, a political party in Ethiopia
  • Gambella People’s Democratic Front, a former political party in Ethiopia (1998–2003).


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