Is there any way to see webp photo from Thunar with Xfce DE? There was a similar question, but it was about nautilus.

Then to get webp thumbnails tumbler (the Xfce thumbnailing service) must support, and there nothing.

Then to open pictures the viewer must know webp.

I tried ristretto, gpicview, viewnior and they all say something like:

error of interpretation of the image file format jpeg


Here are the Linux image-viewers, that display webp images:

and others from wiki

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    any of these are as lightweight and user friendly as eog ? imagemagick's one (display) is not as user friendly as eog, vwebp is not user friendly at all :> – Aquarius Power Mar 19 '19 at 23:39
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    gThumb is more user-friendly than display and vwebp, but is probably "heavier" than eog, because it does have a few more features than eog. – Robert Fleming Mar 21 '19 at 19:37
  • in no way it is heavier to me at least xD, gThumb's up (pun intened) is excellent!!! thx vm!!! xD, it should be default than eog for sure :) – Aquarius Power Mar 24 '19 at 1:22

If you are looking for GUI applications, consider GIMP or ImageMagick.

If you have installed the webp package, you could use vwebp file.webp to view the image, and dwebp file.webp -o file.png to convert it to a png file.

See https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/docs/using for details.

  • Also, to convert multiple webp files to png, use this: alias convertwebp="find ./ -name "*.webp" -exec dwebp {} -o {}.png \;; find . -type f -name '*.webp' -delete" – Nav Jul 12 '20 at 16:07

In 16.04

display 'vid:*.webp'

Since 16.04 imagemagick does support webp, although it apparently delegates decoding to webp, so webp is needed:

sudo apt-get install webp

XNViewMP can view WebP files. Though Tumbler has yet to implement WebP, so the files won't be able to be viewed as thumbnails within Thunar.

Note that it is a non-free software, although freeware.

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    It’s need to be mentioned that XNViewMP is non-free. – Dmitry Alexandrov Mar 15 '16 at 13:04


Since 2018, there is a really lightweight, user friendly image viewer called qView that can view webp images. It also has a cool feature to resize the window frame to fit image. It is also free and open source.

You can download the latest version (3.0 at the time of writing, and it's still being actively developed) as a .deb file from the official website or github and install it with gdebi or your software center.

To install from terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jurplel/qview
sudo apt update
sudo apt-get --install-suggests install qview

After you install the .deb, you also need to install this package: Qt 5 Image Format Plugins

sudo apt install qt5-image-formats-plugins

This is because qView is based on qt5 and even though it supports many popular formats by default, it does need this one package to actually view webp images.

Note: if you're using Lubuntu 20.04, this package is already pre-installed (and it might be pre-installed in other qt-based DE like Kubuntu, too - haven't tested).

Tested in Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04; Lubuntu 19.10, 20.04


Developed by Google, WebP is a new image format that provides lossless and lossy compression for images on the web.

You can download a WebP viewer, and other utilities from Google Developers

  • Precompiled WebP utilities and library for **Linux**, Windows and Mac OS X. from the same site. So its downloadable for Linux. – Mitch Nov 1 '14 at 13:33
  • Yes, I've seen it, and even set the system libwebp, but the problem is how to do to make things work together lib->thumb->viewer I can not understand. /if possible, then sign for gyide – Александр Филёв Nov 1 '14 at 13:40

gThumb also opens/edits webp files. It has some nice must have quick editing tools.

sudo apt-get install gthumb

Version 3.4.3 I know supports webp

  • Sorry Jeff, but this is a repeat of the answer above; unless you add - starting with which version gThumb supports webp ? – Александр Филёв Oct 22 '19 at 20:42
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    Your right it is, but I wanted to tell people because gthumb is awesome. I added the version you requested. Thanks for commenting. – Jeff Luyet Oct 25 '19 at 18:53

You can use the stylish lookin deepin-image-viewer for webp.

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