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.
You may have previously used the Photos app in Windows 10 or Windows Image Viewer in earlier editions. Neither of these programs are available in Linux. And they are proprietary software too.
Fortunately, there’s a ton of high quality open source image viewers available in Ubuntu that are far superior.
feh is an X11 image viewer aimed mostly at console users. Unlike most other viewers, it does not have a fancy GUI, but simply displays images. It is controlled via command-line arguments and configurable key/mouse actions.
feh is present in the Ubuntu Software app under the name feh-lreenaers, but at the time of writing it doesn’t actually work. Instead, install the Ubuntu package for feh with the command:
$ sudo apt install feh
Regards is billed as a modern photo viewer. It supports a very large range of image formats. There’s OpenGL/OpenCL support. The software can also play videos.
Regards isn’t available in the Ubuntu Software app. And you can’t install it using apt as a package isn’t available in the Ubuntu repositories. Instead, we can install the software from the command-line.
Download the file RegardsViewer_2.66.2_amd64.deb from the project’s GitHub repository with Firefox. Save the file. Open a Terminal and change to the directory where you saved the .deb file.
We’ll use dpkg to install the .deb package. dpkg is used to install, remove, and provide information about .deb packages. dpkg only installs a package and will notify you of any dependencies that need to be installed, but it will not install them.
$ sudo dpkg -i ./RegardsViewer_2.66.2_amd64.deb
This command doesn’t successfully complete on a fresh installation of Ubuntu 21.04. as you’ll be missing a ton of libraries. Don’t try to find and locate all the libraries manually. Instead, you can force the installation of all the dependencies and install Regards using apt:
$ sudo apt update --fix-missing
$ sudo apt install -f
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Office Suite
Page 2 – Web Browser
Page 3 – Media Player
Page 4 – Email Client
Page 5 – Image Viewer
Page 6 – Photo and Image Editor
Page 7 – Audio Editor
Page 8 – Video Editor
Page 9 – PDF Viewer
All articles in this series:
|Linux For Starters|
|Part 1||What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?|
|Part 2||Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.|
|Part 3||Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.|
|Part 4||We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.|
|Part 5||Things to do after installing Ubuntu.|
|Part 6||Navigating your way around the Desktop.|
|Part 7||Updating the system, install new software.|
|Part 8||Recommended open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.|
|Part 9||Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.|
|Part 10||We cover the basics of files and permissions.|
|Part 11||Getting help from your system.|
|Part 12||Learn all about the file system.|
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