SageThumbs Alternatives

    SageThumbs is described as 'powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author)' and is a popular app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to SageThumbs for Windows and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is Icaros, which is free. Other great apps like SageThumbs are SVG Explorer Extension (Free, Open Source), XnShell (Free), MysticThumbs (Paid) and FastPreview (Free).

    This page was last updated Apr 29, 2021

    1. Icaros is a collection of lightweight, high quality, Windows Shell Extensions, which is capable of providing Windows Explorer thumbnails for essentially any video media filetype.
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      Icaros vs SageThumbs opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Icaros is still a legitimate alternative to SageThumbs, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      lauraet Whereas SageThumbs provides thumbnails for IMAGE files, Icaros works with VIDEO files.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      Icaros previews video files while SageThumbs is an extension for previewing image files. Completely different file types
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      BevansDesign Contrary to what others say, this DOES make thumbnails for image files. It seems to generate thumbnails for PSD files just fine for me.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

    2. Extension module for Windows Explorer to render SVG thumbnails, so that you can have an overview of your SVG files.
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      no .psd, .ora, or .sai thumbnails
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago


    3. XnShell is a free .
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    4. MysticThumbs generates thumbnails of many image types not natively supported by Windows. It does this transparently and in the background for Explorer so you don't have to run a separate application to preview your images.
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      hermes3por3 I have found MysticThumbs a longstanding success at generating thumbnails for file formats not supported natively by Windows. What I value most is its smooth blend with explorer, the fact that does not block drives when I eject them, and its useful tray icon that indicates when it's working on new thumbnails. For its usefulness and reliability I am a happy customer!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

    5. FastPreview was created in need of a usable PicaView replacement which was discontinued at the time. It is now a pretty handy tool to display images in a fast manner and is an alternative to the functionality Windows has built-in.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows Explorer
      Pictus is a fast, free image viewer that enables Windows to see thumbnails of supported formats, such as PSD. Give it a spin today!


      Last updated in 2008. See

    6. PicaView is the simple, no-hassle image viewing solution. This is an add-on for viewing images in File Explorer that lets you right-click on an image file to bring up a miniature image and image file information.


      The product is no longer available on the official website, but you can still download it from

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    7. ThumbView enables image thumbnails and tooltips in Microsoft Windows XP Explorer (does not work on Windows 7) for filetypes that are not natively supported.


      No update has been released since version 1.0 was released on December 2nd, 2004.

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    8. Instant ThumbView is a tiny image viewer that displays image thumbnails in a tooltip window, when mouse pointer is hovered over an image file in Windows Explorer.
    9. Context Viewer is an explorer extension in the form of a Control Panel applet that lets you preview image files and text in the right click menu.


      The official website is no longer available, but the last version, 1.41, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine

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