One of our favorite adages is “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It refers to the notion that a still image can convey a complex idea. Images can portray a lot of information quickly and more efficiently than text. They capture memories, and never let you forget something you want to remember, and refresh it in your memory.
Images are part of every day internet usage, and are particularly important for social media engagement. A good image viewer is an essential part of any operating system.
Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment. This is particularly true when it comes to image viewers. There are so many image viewers that are available for Linux that it can make selection difficult.
Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. Only free and open source software is eligible for inclusion.
Click the links in the table below to learn more about each image viewer.
|Graphical Image Viewers
|Fast and light Imlib2-based image viewer
|Modern image viewer with OpenGL/OpenCL support
|Qt5 image viewer with video support
|Good looking, highly configurable, yet easy to use and fast
|Advanced image viewer and browser
|Written with GTK 4, Libadwaita and Rust
|Simple image viewer for KDE
|Lightweight Gtk+ based image viewer
|Graphic image viewer for comfortable browsing
|Simple and fast image viewer
|Handles most image formats including RAW images
|Eye of Gnome
|Fast and functional image viewer
|Lightweight viewer with fast image preview
|Image viewer designed with minimalism and usability in mind
|Designed with usability in mind
|Simple X Image Viewer
|View and scroll through images
Image viewers that display output direct in the terminal are explored in a separate roundup.
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