(2023) How To Sign A PDF Without Adobe For Free

Electronically sign a PDF document without Adobe by using an online software like SignHouse: Upload PDF > eSign it > Download.
(2023) How To Sign A PDF Without Adobe For Free
Last updated on:
July 9, 2023
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If you're thinking of PDF files, you're most likely to think of Adobe as well. In the end, they're the ones that created the PDF format in the 90s.

Today, if you want to create an electronic signature and add it to a PDF document, Adobe would have you paying for their tools: Adobe Sign or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

But fear not, we make things easier and completely free. See, instead of having to pay monthly fees just to eSign a PDF with Adobe, you can do with us.

Do you need Adobe Acrobat to sign a PDF?

The answer is no — you don't have to use Adobe Acrobat, especially if you're looking to do it for free. Instead, use an online free eSignature software like ours.

With SignHouse, you can sign a PDF document in 3 simple steps. Let's go!

How to sign PDF electronically without Adobe

  1. Upload your PDF document (in the box below);
  2. Select the signature field;
  3. Drag & Drop your signature on the PDF;
  4. Download the signed document.

These are the steps you need to follow in order to electronically sign a PDF file without Adobe's tools such as Acrobat Reader or Sign.

How to electronically sign a PDF without Adobe

Select the Signature field from the left side of the menu, and then drag it anywhere on the file. You can also move and resize the signature box.

Pro Tip: If you like the document in the example image above, you can get access to the file. It is our One-Page Lease Agreement Template that's free for everyone.

Sign PDF without Acrobat Reader

In case you don't have an online signature already, between step 2 and 3, you'd have to create your electronic signature. Fear not, it's a 10 second process.

SignHouse allows you to create your eSignature in multiple different ways for your accessibility: Upload an image, draw it, or type it using handwritten-alike fonts.

Electronic signature examples

With the text signature feature, you can select your favourite font and download the eSignature that fits you best using our handwritten or San Seriff font library.


Can you sign a PDF online without Adobe?

Yes, there are many options to create & add your eSignature to a PDF without Adobe.

If you our PDF signing software, you just have do the following:

  1. Upload a PDF document
  2. Select your signature
  3. Drop it on the file

eSigning documents with us takes just a couple of seconds.

Can you sign a portfolio without Adobe?

Yes, and it's also 100% free:

  1. Upload your PDF portfolio to SignHouse;
  2. Create the signature in ~10 seconds;
  3. Put it anywhere on the portfolio.

How do I add a signature to a PDF without Adobe?

There are many online eSignature tools that help you add a signature to a PDF without Adobe. For instance, SignHouse is a free PDF editor that lets you sign files as well.

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