I am trying to find the lightest possible image viewing program to perform a very specific task.

I have a large folder of images in various formats (jpg, png, gif). I want to view these images in a randomized order, either as a slideshow or scrolled through manually, with the animated gifs er, animating.


  • Possible Duplicate: askubuntu.com/questions/164473/simple-image-editor – stephenmyall Aug 20 '12 at 18:21
  • The lightest possible image viewers (zgv, fim) don't even use X. Can you clarify if using X is acceptable or you need something that runs from the console? If X is OK, then the default (eog) image viewer should fit your purpose just fine. – roadmr Aug 20 '12 at 18:43
  • stephen, I'm afraid not. I'm looking for a image viewer not an editor, and I have no idea hot shotwell can be used to view images in a randomized order, and I do not believe it works well with animated gifs. – southpointingchariot Aug 20 '12 at 18:45
  • roadmr, I am using X (gnome + xmonad). How could one use eog to perform the task? – southpointingchariot Aug 20 '12 at 18:45

feh has the ability to display images in a random order using the -z flag, unfortunately however it cannot display animated gifs.

It is also extremely light and fast and can handle almost any file type.

Install feh via the software center

  • Yes, I like feh for all the reasons you've listed - but it falls for short for the reason you note ;) – southpointingchariot Aug 20 '12 at 18:49

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