I'm trying to sort out how to open a multi-page tiff. The sender swears it has more than one page, but in the default viewer I'm only able to see the first page. How do I view all pages?


Evince is supposed to open multipage tiffs. If not, another application to try is imview found in the Software Center.

  • I don't have a multipage tiff to try this out. If you would supply it, I could find an application that works. – NateW Apr 4 '11 at 17:37

The display utility from the ImageMagick-6 suite of tools can be used to view a multi-page tiff file. I use the following command to view the tiff files scanned using a HP 8270 multi-function printer:

display -rotate 90 -resize 1920x1080 Musings.tif

The display utility has many command line options, of which I found the above necessary. -resize, which is a bit finicky as to what resolution it accepts, permits viewing the entire image at a reduced resolution without scrolling.

To turn pages, right-click anywhere on the image, then without releasing the button, move the cursor down to Next or Former on the context-menu, then release the button. I have not yet found a menu that directly moves to any page/image within the file; however, there may be a command-line option for selecting which images to view. (The display man page is rather cryptic due to its brevity.)

Also, the tiff-tools package has a number of utilities, of which the following are particularly useful:

  • tiffcp : copy or concatenate images from one tiff file to another, optionally selecting and resequencing images from the input file(s).
  • tiffinfo : display the metadata for every image in a tiff.
  • tiffsplit : split a tiff file into individual files, each containing a single image.

Here is an example of using tiffcp to create a new tiff file containing selected images from one file and all images from another:

tiffcp Musings-1.tif,5,6,0,1,2,3,4  Musings-2.tif Musings_new.tif

The tiff-tools package also has a number of other utilities for editing and converting images in tiff files.

  • I have subsequently discovered that the Evince (Atril on Ubuntu MATE) document viewer is a much better option than display. – Tom Eubank Jun 23 '17 at 17:30
  • The package is now named libtiff-tools, at least for Ubuntu 18.04 – Arnaud Jeansen Aug 29 at 13:08

evince did not work for me.
I found that the program okular works for multipage tiff's.

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