Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

I'm looking for some Linux alternative to IrfanView (image viewer). At best, it should have all its features, the same controls (both mouse and kbd) or fully adjustable, and be as quick.

In particular (this list covers 95 % of my use cases):

  • Support for many formats, for both input and output
  • Automatic navigation through the directory with Space and Backspace
  • Thumbnails (T)
  • Batch processing (B)
  • Rotating (R, L)
  • Zoom with Ctrl + mouse wheel or + / -
  • Fullscreen (Enter)
  • Image movement with PgUp and PgDn, Home. End
  • Select a rectagle with a mouse -> Ctrl + Y to crop -> Ctrl + S to save as a PNG file
  • Basic image editation - copy, cut, paste, color filters, text input, basic shapes
  • Immediate startup
  • No need to play video or audio

Etc... IrfanView is something like iPhone amongst image viewers, there's nothing to change ;-)

So - what is as close as possible?

Edit: No virtualization please - IrfanView crashes under Wine in my environment; running virtualized Windows is even further away from being quick; perhaps it could be Java, but native is native.

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Dec 1 '09 at 20:51

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

marked as duplicate by Heptite, Tog, kinokijuf, Kevin Panko, Carl B Mar 31 '14 at 6:10

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

You might have more responses on superuser.com. –  Martin Beckett Dec 1 '09 at 20:49
Yes, it's a dupe, after migrating... Thanks to all anyway. –  Ondra Žižka Dec 2 '09 at 0:01
print multi-page TIFF images... i'm having to jump several hops to do that in linux. irfanview is awesome. –  gcb Jan 9 '13 at 5:32

9 Answers 9

up vote 7 down vote accepted

ImageMagick has an interactive mode, but I've never liked it... But it definitely will load almost every image format out there.

gThumb is very slick, but it's a GNOME tool so it's not littered with options.

Eye of GNOME is just a dumb viewer, but it does most of the navigation stuff, and I think there's a "click to edit" option.

share|improve this answer
gThumbs seems fine subset of IrfanView's capabilities, covers ~ 80 % of what I need. I'll also have a look at the others. Thanks to all! –  Ondra Žižka Dec 1 '09 at 23:58

The IrfanView web site suggests that you can use IrfanView on Linux under WINE.

IrfanView is something like iPhone amongst image viewers, there's nothing to change.

Try it! You'll never find an exact, drop-in replacement, so why not use the real thing?

You could also run IrfanView in virtualized instance of Windows on your Linux host.

share|improve this answer
Forgot to mention - IrfanView crashes under WINE (ymmv), but anyway, WINE loads for few seconds. Editing the question. –  Ondra Žižka Dec 1 '09 at 23:35

xnview has a beta MP verison. YMMV

I've used this on Windows, but prefer IrFanView

share|improve this answer

I've never used IrfanView, but it sounds like Gwenview could satisfy you.

share|improve this answer
Too bad installing KDE libs in Gnome is such a mess. –  kevinf Jun 7 '14 at 1:38

I am an IrfanView addict. Though the question is old, there is still no suitable replacement for IrfanView on Linux (I use Ubuntu). The nearest alternative I found and liked is Mirage.

share|improve this answer

The nearest alternative of IView for linux is XnViewMP --- not open but powerful. Still the best alternative on the market. Easy download and install, just unpack the tar.gz to the default subfolder in your user folder and run xnview.sh. You must only ensure that you have all the compatilibity libraries needed. I read that some people had an installation bug because of no libpng15-compat packages which includes libpng12.

share|improve this answer

Although I have been doing some research of this problem too, I have not found anything as good as Irfan. That is still an app I envy to the Windows users.

Now I use geeqie, eog (eye of gnome) or gthumb, it depends on the actual Desktop Environment. And I do all editting in GIMP. It is not ideal, but it is quite good.

share|improve this answer

I believe that GTK+ and KDE apps have fully configurable key bindings for anything in their menus, so you shouldn't get too hung up on that if you find something with the right functionality.

share|improve this answer

It isn't updated much lately and the keyboard shortcuts are different, but feh is an incredibly fast image viewer.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.