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I have many thousands of PDF files in a directory, and I need to quickly view them one-by-one.

I want to be able to open one, look at it, and then quickly (like with a single keypress) move on to the next PDF file.

Geeqie supports this workflow perfectly for images, but it does not appear to support displaying PDF files at this time.

Is there another file manager, PDF viewer or image viewer that behaves just like Geeqie, but that can display/preview PDF files?

I have tried file managers like Thunar, Konqueror, and Dolphin, but they do not offer large enough previews or thumbnails. I have also tried numerous PDF viewers, but they did not support opening multiple PDF files or quickly moving to a new file.

Can anyone suggest any software for Linux that would meet my needs?

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A one-liner in the shell:

for pdf in your_directory/*.pdf; do xpdf -- "$pdf"; done

This will open one PDF at a time, and automatically continue to the next when one is closed (e.g. via the keyboard shortcut q in xpdf).

xpdf can be exchanged for evince or probably any other preferred viewer.

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