How to Install Foliate ePub Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

For Linux, there are applications of all kinds and that is a great advantage when using the operating system. There is also a certain demand for support for viewing documents, books, manuals, and other types of information. This includes ePub. Therefore, if you read books or publications in this format, then you should install Foliate. This powerful ePub reader for Ubuntu is a marvel.

Foliate ePub Reader

The Foliate website is quick to tell us what it is:

A simple and modern eBook viewer for Linux desktops

And it really is, because it’s built-in GTK which makes it perfect for Ubuntu 20.04 and it’s so simple it’s not lacking in features. On the contrary, it is one of the most complete solutions available on Linux.

Some features of Foliate are:

  • Supports EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, FictionBook, and comic book archive formats
  • Single-column, two-column, or continuous scrolling layouts
  • Adjust font, line-spacing, and margins
  • Customize colors and brightness
  • Auto-hyphenation
  • Table of contents menu or sidebar
  • Find in book
  • Progress slider, with chapter marks
  • Reading time estimates

So the application is not bad at all because it is simple, powerful, and well-integrated with the desktop.

Install Foliate ePub Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

Fortunately, we have several methods to install Foliate on Ubuntu 20.04 so you can choose the one that suits you best.

Method 1: Install Foliate ePub Reader with APT

In this first method, we will use APT to add the developers’ PPA repository. This will provide us with the latest stable version and we will be able to enjoy its advantages.

So, open a terminal from the main menu or by pressing the CTRL + ALT + T keys and make sure you have Ubuntu updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

After that, you can add the developers PPA repository:

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

Now you can install Foliate by running the following command:

sudo apt install foliate

To start it you can locate the Foliate icon from the main menu.

Method 2: Foliate available on the Ubuntu Software Center

Being one of the largest application shops in all of Linux, it is not surprising that Foliate is available on the Ubuntu Software Center. That’s why it is also possible to install it from there without so much trouble.

So, open the Ubuntu Software Center from the main menu

In the search button on the left side, you can type Foliate and some results will appear.

Searching for Foliate
Searching for Foliate

From these results, click on the main one which is the first one.

Then, you will see a screen showing the information about the package we are going to install. Click on the Install button to start the installation.

The Foliate package info
The Foliate package info

Once the installation is finished, you will be able to start the application from the main menu.

Method 3: Install Foliate using the Snap command

A faster way to install Foliate is to install it using the snap command. This command allows you to install applications using Canonical’s own self-contained package technology.

So, to install Foliate using this command, just run the following command:

sudo snap install foliate

Also, when the installation is finished, you can run it from the main menu

Using Foliate on Ubuntu 20.04

By default, when you start the application it will look like this

Foliate default screen
Foliate default screen

This indicates that we do not have a book loaded in the application yet. So the first thing we have to do is to download a free one.

Once you have done that, use the OpenFile button to open a free one.

When you open it, you will have an interface like the following.

Opening a new Book with Foliate
Opening a new Book with Foliate

As you can see everything very simple and without distractions to read comfortably. You can navigate and “turn the page” with the arrow keys.

Also, you can take a look at the main menu of the application that comes loaded with options such as changing the font, size, and theme.

Main Menu of Foliate ePub Reader on Ubuntu 20.04
Main Menu of Foliate ePub Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

Finally, Foliate has the option to download free ePub from providers that you can even add.

Catalog screen
Catalog screen

Removing Foliate ePub Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

The process of uninstalling Foliate depends on how it was installed. However, in any case, we are talking about something very simple to do.

In the case of the first method, we will also use APT to uninstall it. All you have to do is run

sudo apt remove foliate

After that, you can remove the PPA to make sure there are no problems.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:apandada1/foliate

Now yes, there will be no trace of Foliate.

If you have chosen method 2, reopen the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Foliate; then click on the top result to bring up the package information window, but this time you will see a red Remove button that you need to click.

Finally, in the case of Method 3 just use the following command:

sudo snap remove foliate

Note: this command will also work if you have used method 2.


Foliate is an application that we have loved for its capabilities and the simplicity with which it performs its operations. That’s why it has become an indispensable tool for reading eBooks quickly and comfortably on the Linux desktop.

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