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IrfanView

Fast, compact image viewer, editor, converter and organizer designed to be simple but powerful.

  • Windows
  • PortableApps.com
Avg rating of 4.3 (32)| 44 comments
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Paint plugin
Add text to image
Print dialog
Color correction
Batch conversion
Slideshow dialog
Image Effects
Resize image
JPG Lossless transformation
Copy dialog
EXIF - IPTC infos
File handling settings
Extensions settings
Editing settings
Video settings
Zoom settings
Plugins settings
Language settings
Skins settings
Viewing settings
Adobe effects
Perspective plugin
Multipage tif preview
File menu
Edit menu
Image menu
Options menu
View menu
Thumbnail options
Thumbnail Contact Sheet
Thumbnail HTML export
Thumbnail File menu
Thumbnail Options menu
Thumbnail View menu
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IrfanView Features

  1.  LightweightIrfanView consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  PortableIrfanView can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  3.  Command line interfaceIrfanView either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
  4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsIrfanView can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  5.  Batch Rename FilesIrfanView supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.

IrfanView information

  • Developed byIrfan Skiljan
  • LicensingProprietary and Free Personal product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.3 (32 ratings)
  • Alternatives123 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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Anamon
  
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I've used many different image viewers throughout the years, starting way back in the day with ACDSee (not an option anymore these days, yuck!) at some point discovering IrfanView, then cycling through many alternatives but always coming back to settle on IrfanView.

It has everything I need and is of very high quality (no crashes, no weird behaviour, no lagging). It's very fast in reading and displaying pictures, so I can browse massive folders quickly. It has a lot of features, making sure that pretty much everyone can view their images the way they prefer. It's a very old school program: countless options to configure everything the way you want, rather than the dumbed-down "one size fits nobody" approach that is so popular today. There are also tons of keyboard shortcuts, that may take a while to learn (although, of course, you only look up the ones that fit your style of working) but will make everything so much faster once you know them by heart. In fact, that keyboard shortcuts are not customisable is the only real downside about IrfanView that I can think of.

Just as one usage example, I can create a slideshow over tens of thousands of pictures within a folder structure, and jump through images in a predetermined or shuffled order. The sequence is memorised, so I can jump back if I've skipped something by accident. Many handy zoom shortcuts allow me to inspect images in detail directly from within the slideshow. If I'm in a place of interest of a picture series, I can use the Ctrl+N shortcut to open that picture in a new, regular IrfanView window with full functionality, to e.g. apply edits or move back and forth among the pictures of the current directory. I can even compile my slideshow, whichever way it was configured, into a standalone executable!

This is just one use case, but I have found that no other tool supports it as well and comfortably as IrfanView, and that's a recurring conclusion for many other situations.

To compare to some other popular viewers: I have used XnView for a very long time, and still have it installed on most of my systems. It comes closest to IrfanView in terms of speed and feature set. The original XnView has become rather slow, but the modernised XnViewMP is coming along nicely now (January 2017) and I definitely recommend it, it pretty much ties for first place. I like FastStone Viewer, but it offers me much fewer options to configure its behaviour. WildBit Viewer is an interesting alternative in some cases, but its strange interface, and the way it's split up into different applications, make it rather unintuitive to use. Most other alternatives I didn't really find worth the attention at all. Most notably, ACDSee is terribly bloated these days. It's become so sluggish from years of efforts to make it do anything and everything, that it's almost unusable for its original purpose as an image viewer.

Overall, IrfanView still gives me the best overall performance in the biggest variety of tasks that I set it to. Two thumbs up for this one-man project!

[Edited by Anamon, November 27]

[Edited by Anamon, January 23]

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pesala
  
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I have used it for years and closely followed is development. I moderate at the IrfanView support forums so I get to learn what amazing tricks it can do with Batch operations and command lines that I would seldom need myself.

The 64-bit version can open a 256 Megapixel NASA image in less than 7 seconds, and is able to load large RAW images too, much quicker than the 32-bit version. It is no substitute for PhotoShop, but it does a lot.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not free, except for personal use. Commercial users are morally obliged to pay for registration of €10 per copy, which is next to nothing even for a small business user. Education and charity use is also free; and there are no nasty surprises if you fail to register your copy.

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pfl
  
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May be I did not understand the whole idea of that software

  • pro : it installs fast and has plugins
  • cons : it's middle age garbage I was at least expecting the thumbnails software to recursively display images from folder, it cannot even do that

there were better/prettier and more featured apps in the 90's

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Senjata

You say it installed fast and has plugins, then call it garbage without explaining why. If you dislike the program, maybe you could explain the reasons, rather than just vaguely insulting it. Appearance is subjective. And there's pretty much no lightweight image handler that has more features than Irfanview, so I'd say you didn't actually explore the program before complaining about it.

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Senjata
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There's almost nothing I don't like about Irfanview. It's lightweight, fast, intuitive, handles and converts virtually any graphical file format, does great simple image editing, has a terrific thumbnail manager, can import and use 8bf plugins... about the only thing it can't do (yet) is lasso-select, although it will area-edit rectangular selections. All that, and it's FREE! I use it when I don't feel like opening the resource hog that is Photoshop.

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endlesscomfort
  
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the best image viewer with the most features. incredibly lightweight and fast, even with gigantic images. hotkeys are very simple once learned. contains editing tools such as rezising, cropping, and some color grading.

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kyuubi840
  
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Lightweight but very feature-rich, very performant and high quality. Can read almost every image file out there.

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crosseyedlemon
  
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Irfanview has been around for more than 20 years and been downloaded millions of times so that in itself tells you this is a great product. For those nuts and bolts editing tasks you can't find anything as fast and efficient and it handles batch files flawlessly.

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  • SenjataSenjata commented on IrfanView
    There's almost nothing I *don't* like about Irfanview. It's lightweight, fast, intuitive, handles and converts virtually any graphical file format, does great simple image editing, has a terrific thumbnail manager, can import and use 8bf plugins... about the only thing it can't do (yet) is lasso-select, although it *will* area-edit rectangular selections. All that, and it's FREE! I use it when I don't feel like opening the resource hog that is Photoshop.
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    I love it so much that I'm willing to ignore its ridiculous icon.
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  • SenjataSenjata Upvoted a comment on IrfanView
    I sincerely have nothing negative to say about this program which offers many great features & effects. I started using this program back around about when Windows XP was released on & have considered it a must have for myself. I wish it had a native installer for Linux also but that's not really a reason to downgrade or give bad review. [ Pros ] + Can make custom icons from images + Offers Batch Resize, File Type & More + Great for making thumbnail galleries + Optional Free Plugin Pack + 100% Free + Many cool & useful Effects + Great for making 3D buttons & more + Easy to Install & Use + So much more... [ Cons ] - No native Linux installer
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