This article has been checked and updated in January 2020 for correctness.
Is the default image viewer in your desktop environment just not working the way you want? need more features (or maybe something simpler) from an image viewer? Well, you are in luck, as there is no shortage of choices when looking at alternative image viewers in Fedora. This article covers 17 image viewers in Fedora.
Typically, an image viewer does one thing — shows you the images in a directory (sometimes in a thumbnail view), and lets you quickly flip through them. Some image viewers also allow you do simple edits of an image, and will also show you some added details of your pictures (like metadata, and color histograms).
Eye of Gnome (eog)
The Eye of GNOME is the official image viewer for the GNOME desktop. It integrates with the GTK+ look and feel of GNOME, and supports many image formats for viewing single images or images in a collection.
The Eye of GNOME also allows to view the images in a fullscreen slideshow mode or set an image as the desktop wallpaper. It reads the camera tags to automatically rotate your images in the correct portrait or landscape orientation.
Eye of MATE
$ sudo dnf install eom
$ sudo dnf install eyesight
Feh is a superminimal image viewer that basically just shows the images that are in the directory that it is launched from. It has a few options that are shown when you right-click on the main window.
$ sudo dnf install feh
$ sudo dnf install geeqie
gliv is an image viewer that just views images (no editing capabilities here). It also has extensive shortcuts for control with the keyboard that are all documented in the menus.
$ sudo dnf install gliv
gpicview is another image viewer that just shows the image, and lets you proceed back and forward to the next image in the directory. It also has controls at the bottom of the window for zooming, and opening another directory.
$ sudo dnf install gpicview
gThumb is an image viewer, editor, browser and organizer. As an image viewer gThumb allows to view common image file formats such as BMP, JPEG, GIF (including the animations), PNG, TIFF, TGA and RAW images. It is also possible to view various metadata types embedded inside an image such as EXIF, IPTC and XMP.
As an image editor gThumb allows to scale, rotate and crop the images; change the saturation, lightness, contrast as well as other color trasformations. As an image organizer gThumb allows to add comments and other metadata to images; organize images in catalogs and catalogs in libraries; search for images and save the result as a catalog.
$ sudo dnf install gthumb
gwenview is a basic image viewer tha allows you to view images, and also perform basic photo manipulations like rotation and cropping.
$ sudo dnf install gwenview
$ sudo dnf install nomacs
when it comes to minimal interfaces for viewing images, qiv is the king. It doenst have a desktop file, so you can only launch it from the terminal, and it will only work if you give it a image to view (or directory) as a parameter from the command line. With such a minimal interface, you control most of the features of this one with the keyboard.
$ sudo dnf install qiv
$ sudo dnf install ristretto
Shotwell is an easy-to-use, fast photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop. It allows you to import photos from your camera or disk, organize them by date and subject matter, even ratings. It also offers basic photo editing, like crop, red-eye correction, color adjustments, and straighten. Shotwell’s non-destructive photo editor does not alter your master photos, making it easy to experiment and correct errors.
When ready, Shotwell can upload your photos to various web sites, such as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa (Google Plus), and more.
Shotwell supports JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and a variety of RAW file formats.
$ sudo dnf install shotwell
sushi is not a stand-alone image viewer, but is an add-on for the default GNOME file browser. to use sushi, just browse to a directory in Files (aka nautilus), select a file, then press space to bring up a quick, larger preview of the image.
$ sudo dnf install sushi
$ sudo dnf install viewnior
xfi is an older image viewer that allows you to open a directory, and simply browse the images.
January 2020 update: This application is no longer present in the Fedora repositories.
$ sudo dnf install xzgv