Linux – a decent picture viewer software ?

Today I write a blog entry to ask a question to the Linux users community.

Which free (like ideas) picture viewer do you use ?

In former time, when I had this need, I would have used xv. But I guess this tool is considered history nowadays … nonetheless, I’m looking for something in the same spirit : letting me quickly and efficiently browse my pictures, no fancy editing capabilities wanted.So people, what do you use ? Any hint ?If that can narrow down the choices, I’m using Debian GNU/Linux 4.0.

Thanks in advance !

(I’m now going to let this post flow in social news websites and hope for good hints in the comments, and then I’ll update this post with the best suggestions I’ll get — thanks in advance !)

17 thoughts on “Linux – a decent picture viewer software ?”

  1. comix – a user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically designed to handle comic books, but also serves as a generic viewer. It reads images in ZIP, RAR or tar archives (also gzip or bzip2 compressed) as well as plain image files. It is written in Python and uses GTK+ through the PyGTK bindings.

  2. Believe it or not, but I just use Konqueror to do this job most of the time. When you use it as your file manager it creates nice thumbnail previews of all the images and let’s you open them and manipulate them.

  3. I have been trying out viewers for years and always turning back to good old xv that seems by far the best. If you need a photo organiser then digikam has its merits.

  4. Konqueror is limited – thumbnails of images only up to a certain size are displayed, above, it’s the default image icon.

    I upgraded my dig camera to 5 MPix and nothing is displayed any more!

    That’s why I am looking for something else.

    Picasa (Linux) works but is sorting by date or name – as such it’s not an image file browser which can be used to traverse directory trees. (Maybe that option exists, but I have not yet discovered it).


  5. gthumb does the trick for me right now (just installed it) – all images show as thumbnails and can be clicked on to blow up to larger size.

  6. What I liked (and used) most in xv is the “crop” facility. Couldn’t find it anywhere in the above tools, so now I still have to use gimp for that. With xv it took me 10s to extract some sub-image, takes me up to 3mn with gimp ๐Ÿ™

  7. Any suggestions for a picture viewer with MacOSX-like behavior? I.e., switch quickly between thumbnail view and slideshow? If it could also let you interrupt the slideshow to show a raster of all pictures, then switch back, I wouldn’t be using osx right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Since I wasn’t happy with any of the image viewers out there, I wrote my own, result is called Galapix and available at:

    Unlike traditional image viewers Galapix isn’t focused on viewing single images, but on viewing very large collections of images at once, with smooth zooming from thumbnail down to original size.

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