Alternatives to XnView for all platforms with any license

  • IrfanView icon


    Fast and compact image viewer/converter trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats...

    Free Personal Windows

  • FastStone Image Viewer icon

    FastStone Image Viewer

    FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that...

    Free Personal Windows

  • XnView MP icon

    XnView MP

    XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages. ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

  • Shotwell icon


    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment. Features Import photos from folders or...

    Open Source Linux

  • Photoscape icon


    Free, but very high quality photo editing software, that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • ACDSee icon


    ACDSee, ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Ultimate are image organizer, viewer, and RAW / image editor programs for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • JPEGView icon


    JPEGView is a small and fast viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF images. On-the-fly image processing is provided - allowing...

    Open Source Windows

  • Nomacs icon


    nomacs is a free image viewer for windows, linux, and mac systems, which is licensed under the GNU Public License v3. nomacs is small...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Preview icon


    Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents. With a single click...

    Free Mac

  • gThumb icon


    gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. Features Image Viewer * View single images (including GIF...

    Open Source Linux GNOME

  • Geeqie Image Viewer icon

    Geeqie Image Viewer

    Geeqie is a lightweight Gtk+ based image viewer for Unix like operating systems. It was forked from GQview. The development is...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Know any more alternatives to XnView?

    Suggest an application to this list
  • Gwenview icon


    Gwenview is an image viewer for KDE. It can load and save all image formats supported by KDE, but Gwenview can also browse GIMP files...

    Open Source Linux KDE

  • Eye of GNOME icon

    Eye of GNOME

    Eye of GNOME is the official image viewer for the GNOME Desktop environment. With it, you can view single image files, as well as...

    Open Source Linux

  • Viewnior icon


    This is Viewnior, an image viewer program. Created to be simple, fast and elegant. Its minimalistic interface provides more...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Imagine icon


    Imagine is an Image & Animation Viewer for Windows with screen capture function. Features - View and save image/animation...

    Free Windows Windows Mobile

  • Zoner Photo Studio icon

    Zoner Photo Studio

    Zoner Photo Studio is a feature-rich image viewer and image organizer software. It also features many editing functions including 16...

    Freemium Windows Android Android Tablet

  • Phatch icon


    Phatch = Photo & Batch! Phatch is a simple to use cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor which handles all popular image formats...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Share this list of alternatives?

  • Hornil StylePix icon

    Hornil StylePix

    Hornil Stylepix, or simply StylePix, is a graphics editing program with a number of advanced features. StylePix is an acronym for...

    Freemium Windows

  • feh icon


    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...

    Open Source Linux

  • GPicView icon


    GPicView is a simple and fast image viewer with low memory usage. This little program is not aimed to be powerful or feature-rich. Its...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • NexusImage icon


    NexusImage is a simple image viewer program. supported formats: JPEG, Bitmap, GIF, PNG, TIFF, ICO, WMF, EMF

    Free Windows

  • PhotoQt icon


    PhotoQt is a simple, yet powerful and good looking image viewer, written in Qt, published as open-source, and completely free. Photo...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • F-Spot icon

    F-Spot Discontinued

    Personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop environment. F-Spot is based on MONO F-Spot is a cross platform...

    Open Source Linux

  • FastStone MaxView icon

    FastStone MaxView

    FastStone MaxView is a fast, compact and innovative image viewer that supports all major graphic formats. Its intuitive layout lets...

    Commercial Windows

  • Image Eye icon

    Image Eye

    Simplistic Image Viewer with focus on speed of rendering and switching between images. A good complement when no editing capabilities...

    Free Windows

  • Ristretto icon


    Ristretto is a fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • FCorp Imaging icon

    FCorp Imaging

    Imaging is a Collection of Image Related Tools (Image Viewer, Image Converter, Image Resizer, Image Optimizer, etc). Features : 1....

    Commercial Windows

  • Sequential icon

    Sequential Discontinued

    Sequential is an image viewer for Mac OS X. It was originally designed for opening a folder of images and displaying them in order. It...

    Open Source Mac

  • Mirage icon

    Mirage Discontinued

    Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer. Because it depends only on PyGTK, Mirage is ideal for users who wish to keep their...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Windows Photo Viewer icon

    Windows Photo Viewer

    View pictures in Windows Photo Viewer. You can use Windows Photo Viewer to view your digital photos in a variety of ways. You can...

    Commercial Windows

  • Free Opener icon

    Free Opener

    Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software....

    Free Windows

  • ImBatch icon


    ImBatch is a batch image processor with a nice graphical user interface. It will allow you to edit multiple image files at the click...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Video Thumbnails Maker icon

    Video Thumbnails Maker

    Allows you to make thumbnails (caps, previews, screen-lists) and screenshots of video files. The utility can be used for home-video...

    Freemium Windows

  • Fragment image viewer icon

    Fragment image viewer

    Fragment is an image viewer with cool features like: Upload and Share, HUD User Interface, Peeking and Skimming, Animated GIFs, ...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

XnView Comments

Multiple instances

Positive Comment by soulrain
about XnView May 2016

I really like it for allowing multiple instances. Having a single instance isa real downer when working with a lot of images.


I prefer XnView to IrfanView or FastStone Image Viewer

Positive Comment by HughTash
about XnView Sep 2014

I've tested XnView Standard version, IrfanView and FastStone Image Viewer. I liked XnView the most, because:

  1. XnView scales well in Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on 150% DPI.

  2. XnView has a tabbed interface, therefore viewing multiple images is very comfortable.

  3. XnView has an option to show image properties (EXIF information), such as date taken, camera model that was used to take that image etc., in program's title bar.

If you're looking for a free image viewer and basic editor, I suggest to try XnView first.


Best I've tried so far

Comment by endolith
about XnView and FastStone Image Viewer, IrfanView May 2012

I tried irfanview, faststone, and xnview. they all have lots of features, but also some clunky behavior. so far xnview is the best.

Can't open files with unicode in their names, though.

Also the "lossless" JPEG rotation crops pictures while rotating, which shouldn't happen.


Very nice

Comment by TDL
about XnView Apr 2012

Discovered this soft recently and i find it to be very handy. It can read a lot of formats, including Mac Os .icns icons and it doesn't struggle with Windows icons like IrFanView, which gives a lot of decode errors on my machine (i'm not the only one).

Now concerning bhola's previous comment, i don't think a software using 3 MB of ram should be considered as a hog. It's really easy on my good old Core2Duo too.


Been using this for years, great for viewing pictures and d ...

Comment by DaveSimonH
about XnView Jun 2011

Been using this for years, great for viewing pictures and doing some minor editing like cropping, resizing etc.


sux. It can't obey to simple printing parameters, plus it's ...

Comment by bhola
about XnView Jun 2011

sux. It can't obey to simple printing parameters, plus it's a hog


Works well in Windows, has some nice features and functions ...

Comment by SirPecanGum
about XnView Jun 2011

Works well in Windows, has some nice features and functions, the IPTC and XMP metadata tools are handy for me. Not stable enough in Ubuntu to use it though, sadly...


Been using it for a while, I prefer it to Infranview, mostl ...

Comment by dgemu12
about XnView Jun 2011

Been using it for a while, I prefer it to Infranview, mostly due to interface.