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Quick Image Viewer

Quick Image Viewer (qiv) is a very small and fast GDK/Imlib image viewer designed to replace the classic image viewers like xv or xloadimage. It features setting an image as an X11 background with a user-definable background color, fullscreen viewing, a screensaver mode, brightness/contrast/gamma correction, real transparency, zoom, slideshow, support for external programs, and more. It runs on Linux (libc5/glibc), Solaris (SunOS), FreeBSD, and HP-UX.


Recent releases

  •  15 Oct 2012 17:20

    Release Notes: A note about obsoleted GTK+ 1 was included along with more examples in qiv-command, center image correction, and many more fixes.

    •  04 Mar 2010 21:49

      Release Notes: Many bugfixes, an upgrade to recent GTK, and some new features.

      •  25 Apr 2007 17:47

        Release Notes: This release has some bugfixes and new options.

        •  22 May 2004 19:56

          Release Notes: Better remote-display support was implemented. Xinerama multi-head for XFree86 4.0 and higher is now supported. Moving pictures in fullscreen mode is now faster. qiv-command-stdout support was added, so "metacam" (EXIF-Header) or other tools can now be used within qiv, and the output will be shown in a box in the picture like the help screen.

          •  13 Dec 2003 21:23

            Release Notes: The "A" key can be used to copy images. The -F option was added for reading image names from a text file. The F11 and F12 keys increase and decrease (respectively) the slideshow delay. The ability to drag the image with the mouse in fullscreen mode was added. The -T option was added to watch a file for changes. Tons of small bugfixes and enhancements were made.

            Recent comments

            04 Mar 2010 21:47 spiegl

            new maintainer is Andy Spiegl
            new homepage is

            30 Dec 2001 22:28 expiremsft

            good for working with photographs
            It's for the keyboard/command-line oriented user.

            Efficient for viewing photos downloaded from
            camera and filtering the good from the bad.

            qiv -tf *.jpg

            will let you see all of large images, and give
            you a tiny annotation in the corner with image
            name and size. The d key trashes the image and
            there are user definable keys. Much more
            convenient for me than ee or xv, for instance.

            26 Jul 2000 12:33 sn

            Just what the doctor ordered
            .. exactly what i was looking for. Great!


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