Universal Viewer Free v5.7.2.0

webfork on 28 Feb 2017
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jun 2012
  • Suggested by dasfx

Universal Viewer can open many different formats including text, binary, rich text, images (including Photoshop), videos, audio, etc. Many office formats including PDF, DJVU, and MS Word / Excel. The program can open large text files, such as log files, very quickly and without eating memory.

A pro version is available with additional features.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MS Internet Explorer 4.0 and above
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the Portable ZIP package to a folder of your choice
  2. Create empty text file and name it Portable.ini in that folder
  3. Launch Viewer.exe
What's new?
  • Added support for CHM + 5 e-book formats
  • Added Unicode filelist handling

35 comments on Universal Viewer Free  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Raphael 2006-12-08 03:42

Single function app incorporated in most filemanagers. No need.

adamh 2006-12-08 06:14

sounds neat. Though..from browsing the authors' site, it seems to rely on "Plugins"...unless only for PDF viewing? hmm. Think it's easier just to pack Portable AbiWord/OOo + FoxIt PDF Reader ;) But that's just me.

Also, FYI, microsoft has some "viewer" apps available too, from microsoft.com, I remember using a PowerPoint Viewer app years ago from there.

qbs 2007-01-24 03:13

extremally usefull, no problem while opening Large files >30MB

a 2007-07-12 11:25

really good at opening big files. too bad you can't edit them.

Strange one this 2007-08-26 19:31

How is this a multi viewer?
It seems to open my .doc in word my .pdf in foxit is this any good at opening binary files on a system that doesn't have a reader installed?

Thomas 2007-09-14 06:43

I must say that I don't quite see the point in this. I like the idea of having a one-viewer-fits-all solution for various file types. However, it apparently opens .doc-files using MS Word, pdfs using Acrobat Reader... This isn't any faster than using the associated programs in the first place. I also prefer Foxit and Sumatra PDF to Acrobat Reader, although it's not any more as slow as it used to be. With Word files, there's even a Windows security alert asking me if I want to open the "potentially dangerous" file "from the internet"... :o

mary ann 2007-09-27 00:40

thank you, h. lector, for the tip about the true free version in their website! otherwise, i wouldn't have known, and get worried that it would expire after 14 days!
i like it a lot. windows xp doesn't have the old quickview, all we want is a right-click one which will save us time....

mary ann 2007-09-27 00:44

and i like this webpage, can post comments without having to register etc. thank you very much. i thnk i spent one whole day looking for just this type of viewer, simple, and can do graphics too. all that i need-just a simple right-click text and jpeg viewer

Rarst 2007-09-30 03:09

Universal Viewer is not really standalone program, it is much better as lister (built-in viewer) replacement for Total Commander file manager. Being able to work on it's own is secondary for this program.

Gutmann 2007-12-11 06:51

@Rarst... you are right. Try to use it as lister in Free Coomander as you use it in TC.

handsome 2007-12-11 19:39

It is good enough for a free and portable application. It seems to use existing installed file for pdf and word. Hope similar viewer which doesn't need pre-installed programs. I like the idea of universal viewer any way

Hansman 2008-01-25 01:53

Universal Viewer seems like single app, that can open 4Gbyte file instantly. Oh, also Total Commander can do this, but it is shareware... I may miss some other viewers though...

moroni 2008-02-27 05:57

If all you need is an app that can open huge files instantly, try LTFViewer:

gamiras 2008-04-08 00:27

Unicode path names don't seem to be supported in graphics no matter how you configure graphics.

GI Joe 2008-07-02 14:35

Lister is available as an freeware external viewer. Completely portable.


gggirlgeek 2010-09-23 11:06

Pretty useless. Doesn't open unknown file types by sensing the the data within as I had hoped. Oh well.

portafreeuser 2010-09-26 22:47

I find that it's most useful for opening downloaded WMV's and MPG's and AVI's. for some reason it can open files that other apps/codecs have trouble with

Roy 2010-12-02 11:38

Universal viewer software misleading install.After installing you become aware that you need to register/buy the some other bit of the software

kingkongkev 2010-12-18 20:44

not that good, doesn't let you edit, and uses plugins
i'm sticking with notepad+++, foxid reader and other portable stuff from portableapps.com

infimum 2011-01-30 00:08

The zip package is no longer available. It's still possible to make it portable, but a lot of hassle. I am too lazy to update ;-)

Chris 2011-01-30 02:14

The new v5.5.2 is a web installer only (i.e. internet connection required to install it). No portable version as infimum states. The Universal Viewer author states here:
that a new product has replaced it, but comments further down the page show that the installer for that new product installs a few things you probably don't want installed, with no way to stop them being installed in the first place. And now Universal Viewer gets a web installer. Mighty big coincidence there.

PartiallyHydronatedSoybeanOil 2011-02-14 16:39

@site admin, can you makes comments also display the program version right next to the date the comment was posted e.g.

User: "blah blah blah" [version 1.0] [2011-01-01]


Checker 2011-04-20 19:49

The website announces a V5.5.4, but both (the installer and the portable) version are V5.5.3 !


Checker 2011-04-21 19:14

Now it's V5.5.4 !


Magibon 2011-04-24 04:28

This is not stealth, it creates a folder in %Profile%>AppData>Roaming called "ATViewer".


gurp99 2011-10-13 23:15

I am writing a research article on the importance of universal viewers and how they can be used in the preservation of digital records (ie. computer files).

Can you please tell me the technical basis of how the universal viewer works? How does it identify the various supported file formats and view them in the viewer?

Any information would be very helpful, I am having a tough time finding information on how universal viewers actually work.

Thank you



webfork 2011-10-14 20:31

gurp99: that's an important topic I'd be happy to address, but could you move it over to the forums?


Emka 2013-12-15 17:19

v5.7.3.0 is out. According to the website, the installer is bundled with adware; is the portable version adware-free?


webfork 2014-01-07 03:15

Emka: yeah, it's still ad-free, posted something in forums about that.


the accountant 2014-06-03 15:13

Its great for browsing pdfs in a folder as you would do with an image viewer.


Midas 2015-07-06 08:22

UV latest free version is v5.7.3.0 -- payware Pro is v6.5.6.1...


Checker 2015-07-06 18:43

@ Midas: The 'portable version' download link gives you a v5.7.2.0 only.


Midas 2015-07-07 12:43

@Checker: fair enough, let the discrepancy between releases stand... :)


ripu 2015-12-24 06:22

This is the fastest PDF viewer. Awesome for high graphics magagine kind of PDFs. I have a lower mid range laptop. Universal viewer throws sumatra, pdfxcange, foxit out of water when it comes to speed of loading one after another high graphics page. And it's the lightest of all the PDF viewers I have tested, uses minimal CPU unlike others I have mentioned.


ripu 2015-12-24 06:46

Ignore my previous comment. I am an idiot. It actually uses an old version of Sumatra, which was faster and lighter.


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