17 alternatives to your default image viewer on Fedora

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

Eye of MATE is a simple viewer for browsing images on your computer. Once an image is loaded, you can zoom and rotate the image, and also view subsequent images in the directory the image was loaded from.
eom

Eyesight

eyesight is a simple image viewer that allows the user to view either a single image, or a whole directory of images. eyesight also allows the user to rotate the image, and save the result.
eyesight

Feh

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.

feh

Geeqie

Geeqie is an application for browsing images — you open up an image or directory to browse and view all the images in that directory. It also displays all the relevant data and metadata for your images in various, configurable sidebar widgets. It can display many forms of data, including exif metadata, color histograms, GPS locations of the photo.
geeqie

gliv

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.

gliv

gpicview

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.

gpicview

gThumb

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.

gwenview

gwenview is a basic image viewer tha allows you to view images, and also perform basic photo manipulations like rotation and cropping.

gwenview

nomacs

nomacs is a fast image viewer with additional image editing functionality. When viewing images, it features fast thumbnail previews, a zoomable grid display of thumbnails, a chromeless view, and display of metadata and image details with a histogram. It also has the ability to edit images, including cropping, resizing, rotating and color correction.

qiv

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.

qiv

ristretto

Ristretto is a simple application for viewing, zooming and rotating images. Ristretto has a simple two-paned layout with a list of thumbnails on the left, and the main image on the right. It also has the ability to set an image as your desktop background.
ristretto

shotwell

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.

sushi

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.

sushi

viewnior

Viewnior is a simple and elegant image viewer with a minimal interface that provides as much screen real estate as possible to view your images. It has a wide range of features, including: fullscreen and slideshow modes, the ability to rotate, flip and crop images, support for animations (GIF), support for reading image metadata, and the ability to configure mouse actions.
viewnoir

xfi

xfi is an older image viewer that allows you to open a directory, and simply browse the images. To install xfi, use sudo dnf install xfe-xfi

xfe-xfi

xzgv

xzgv is a simple image editor, with a focus on controlling all actions using keyboard input. It has a simple, two pane layout, with all the thumbnails of the current directory listed in the left pane, and the image viewed in the main pane. The menu in xzgv can be viewed in a context menu that is shown by right-clicking on the main image pane. This context menu also lists all the keyboard shortcuts if you are new to xzgv and need to know them.
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42 Comments

  1. Russell Dickenson

    Aww…. you didn’t mention my favourite – Mirage. My image editing needs consist almost entirely of (1) rotating, (2) cropping.

    Thanks for introducing me to several others I have not heard of.

    • Yeah, mirage was on my list of ones to include, but it was crashing for me on Fedora 21, so i couldn’t do a screenshot + minireview 🙁

  2. Etescartz

    My 2 personal favorites are Viewnior and feh. I’m glad they were mentioned here.

    • thanks! i didnt know about those two until i started researching this list!

      • Antti Harittu

        Thanks Ryan for your research. Feh is a good add to my minimal system for my security cam.

  3. UR Mehta

    If you are running Gnome 3.12. There is new image viewer called Photos it’s really good.
    Do ‘dnf install gnome-photos’ or ‘yum install gnome-photos’ to get it.

    • Yeah, i love gnome-photos! But i left it off the list because it isnt really an “image viewer” in the sense that you can’t just view an arbitary image on it. It scans your hard drive and shows the images you have in it’s awesome layout — no it’s more like a image library tool in my book. (Shotwell does have some of these features too, but you can open just a image in shotwell too, so that is why its on the list)

  4. Arnaudv6

    I had never heard of eyesight : will give it a try.
    But I tested the others, plus a dozen more, and was always deceived,
    until I tryed out photoQT
    I do not use fedora : maybe it is in the repos… I love it, and want to share !

  5. Steve

    I always install qiv – a quick and simple viewer that can be controlled from the keyboard.

    • Thanks steve

      I didnt know about qiv (i didnt see it in my pass because it didnt have a desktop file) i’ve added it to the list.

  6. Joachim Hansen

    I am using gThumb simply because it look and feel like a Gnome3 GTK3 app and it have some decent features and simple easy to use image editing features.

  7. Thanks for the list. I’ll have to try some of those out… but wow, those first two “Eye” variants are hideous! Only half of the vertical space is used to display the image, and the rest is taken up by whitespace in the GUI. These are supposed to be image viewers, not interface viewers.

    • the screenshots for those two do depict them with nearly every optional toolbar and sidepage turned on — the default view is a lot less cluttered (and more can be turned off in the settings for both)

  8. Alexander E. Patrakov

    Thanks for the review! It does encourage the reader to try a different viewer and possibly switch.

    However, one critical piece of information is missing. Namely, which of these viewers are able to display images with embedded ICC profiles correctly, or, more importantly for me, to display images correctly at all on a wide-gamut (think about ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020) monitor. That’s important because “full screen color correction in a compositor” seems to be a rejected idea.

  9. Jockey

    For me the complete image viewers are gthumb and gqview. Id Always installed this two viewers, but actually im happy With shotwell.

  10. pscha

    My personal favourite is meh, which is also controlled by the CLI . I do not know wheather of is in the Fedora repos, but I had to mention it.

  11. Boris

    i personally prefer sxiv. It’s keybinds are more intuitive than qiv’s one.

  12. zumajim

    I’m not a skilled photographer or graphics manipulator, but I would like a viewer/editor that can print image metadata (Date Taken, F-stop, etc) either as a contact sheet or overlayed on the image itself. Can any of these viewers do that? Thanks!

    • I know that Eye of GNOME (at least the version in Fedora 22) does display the following details in the properties pane (the pane can be displayed from the app menu up next to activities in the topbar on Fedora workstation)

      • Aperture
      • Exposure
      • Focal Length
      • ISO
      • Metering
      • Camera Model
      • Date
      • Time

      haven’t checked all the others in the list, but some may also have this feature.

      • zumajim

        Thanks Ryan. I’m particularly interested in the ability to print (as in paper) selected metadata along with the image. On my Mac, I have PhotoMechanic which lets you insert tags for virtually any metadata field. I’m of course trying to ween myself off of OSX for Fedora, so…

        ZJ

        • Oh Now i understand what you mean.

          Yeah, not sure if that kind of functionality is in scope for most of these applications.

          Looking at the more advanced image processing tools might be the way to go. I had a bit of a dig, and found some options for you to possibly explore.

          Using GIMP — there appears to be a GIMP plugin that might do what you are after. Note however, that i have not tried it out at all, and not sure how hard it is to get working in GIMP on Fedora.

          Darktable — And there is a feature in Darktable that might also be useful in creating this — Darktable has a latex exporter that was designed to create photo books, but might be able to be hacked to do what you want (i can’t find much info on this feature, but some further digging might be in order 🙂 )

          • Oh, and if you are comfortable with the command-line the easiest way to do this is probably using the ImageMagick montage command. Pat David has written a good run down of this command on his GIMP Blog.

            But basically, to make a contact sheet from a directory of images, you could use something like this (Pat David’s post covers what each parameter in this command does):

            montage -verbose -label '%f %[width]x%[height]\n %[EXIF:make] %[EXIF:model]\n %[EXIF:FocalLength]\n' -pointsize 10 -background '#000000' -fill 'gray' -define jpeg:size=200x200 -geometry 200x200+2+2 -auto-orient ~/Pictrues/aphotosession/*.JPG ~/Pictures/contactsheet.jpg

            This page has a list of all the things you can put in the Label parameter too:
            http://www.imagemagick.org/script/escape.php

          • zumajim

            Awesome, thanks! I’m going to install the GIMP Index Print plugin. It sounds like just what I need.

            I’ve been using GIMP on Fedora since I don’t know when. It’s part of the F22 base repo so there are no issues with installation or use. Thanks again!

  13. Alexandre

    The gwenview program allows you to configure wich EXIF information you will show inside the lateral panel.

  14. Danil

    sxiv is a notable one, with “suckless” philosophy.

  15. Don’t miss out “display” from ImageMagick suite! Its (raw X) UI seems ancient but it has powerful functions.

  16. asp

    Great, only 17 apps to test with exiv2 0.25.

    Thanks guys! 😉

  17. XnView MP (stands for Multi-Platform) is also a nice one for viewing, organizing, and basic editing.

    • Michael

      An excellent choice.

    • john

      How can I install xnview on Fedora 22 (New to Fedora & intermediate with Linux) 🙂

    • Robert

      Maybe the best viewer, but might be too complex for some users.

  18. Don

    Every example of gthumb 3.4 screenshot I see on the web shows the setup button in the upper right corner. I do not get that from Fedora 22’s gthumb installs. It’s very limited in dealing with preferences and is therefore unusable for me. I revert to F21’s version but that’s not entirely satisfactory either. I have not found any discussion/solution for this online. Using gnome version 3.16.3.

  19. Joe

    what you want is showfoto from the digikam project.

  20. Careful with the spelling of viewnior

    %s/viewnoir/viewnior/g

  21. Kurush

    Thanks Ryan, you introduce me with some new viewer I never heard before. Anyway I hope Fedora team make gThumb available by default for future versions.

  22. Harry Helminen

    Great list, thank you! I’m looking for an applications which shows my photos and videos together, same way than in my Android phone. Any proposals?

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