SumatraPDF – a lightweight PDF reader for Windows

People have been using Windows OS for home computing purposes for more than a decade due to a number of choices and flexibility it provides to the novice user. Reading PDF documents have been a quite a task in Windows earlier due to no inbuilt support of pdf reader application in the OS itself.

Windows as an OS up to the version 7 didn’t come with an inbuilt utility for opening and reading PDF files. Hence people resorted to one of the most popular options out there viz. Adobe Reader to open their PDF files.

Windows 8 changed this with the inclusion of a lightweight Reader App for the opening of PDF files. Though pretty useful people somehow avoided using it since it was a Metro/Modern UI app that opened in full screen.

Reader App

Well, Windows as an OS is known for providing tons of options in the software realm. There are tons of PDF Readers out there in the wild which are either bulky or too cumbersome to use.

We at the TheTechiesGuide prefer SumatraPDF as one of the best lightweight pdf readers out there.

SumatraPDF Reader:

Sumatra PDF reader


  • UI is simple and naive to the end user.
  • The applications loads and renders PDF at an amazing speed even for a lightweight PDF reader.
  • Can read files in formats such as PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR.
  • Available as a portable version as well (can run from the USB drive).
  • Downloads are also available for 32/64-bit editions of Windows and supports Windows XP as well (compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 and 10 too).
  • Can be run from the command line as well.
  • Can be customised by editing the settings file.
  • Has a range of keyboard shortcuts.

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Download and install SumatraPDF from the link below:

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