Install Zekr Quran Reader Program on Ubuntu 18.04


I find today this Zekr’s mailing list article Running Zekr on Ubuntu 18.04 by brother Mashaal M Alghamdi (may Allah bless him). To sum it up:

  • You install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) by the command line sudo apt-get install default-jre
  • You download the Zekr package file either 32 bit or 64 bit version from Sourceforge
  • You extract the package, and you get a shell file
  • You execute the by the command line ./ and finally Zekr Quran Reader running

For KDE Plasma users, and some Ubuntu users, you may find Zekr experiencing error about Java saying “org.eclipse.swt.SWTError: No more handles [Unknown Mozilla path (MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME not set)]” and so on. To solve this error, just install a package: sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 and Zekr should running without problem anymore.

Zekr with Amiri Quran font on Kubuntu 18.04


  • About font: on Kubuntu, I find the best built-in font to be Amiri Quran.
  • About font size: on Kubuntu again, I find the best size to be 23. The default is 33, anyway.
  • About how to change the font: go to menu Tools > Options > View > see quran_fontName > select the value > press Space bar > put the font name in front of the line > click Apply > click OK > right-click on the ayat > Reload. You will do this one very often.
  • About looking for the best font: just compare your Zekr window with your LibreOffice Writer window showing same ayats, and, change the font on the Writer so you find the best one for you.
  • For Trisquel users: these instructions should work on Trisquel 8.0 as well.


May Allah bless us all in this Ramadhan 1439 Hijriyah. Walhamdulillahi rabbil ‘alamin.

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