I would like to present images and videos from one folder in Ubuntu just the way one is familiar with from smart phones/tablets.

Perfect would be if the The GNOME image viewer would be able to include videos with the most common formats with a still image into its preview/slideshow and would play them with a button-hit or mouse click. So the idea is to have images and videos in the same slideshow/fullscreen-view as in Android or iOS MediaViewers.

I found Slideshow and video application but this predetermines the duration a image is shown. I would like to present the next image/video in the folder manually (also in fullscreen) and would like to start video-playback manually as well.

2 Answers 2


You can use gThumb. gThumb can view images and play videos directly.

Install it with the command

sudo apt install gthumb

Take a look at its project page https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/gthumb

  • thanks for the hint, I checked it out but gthumb seems to: - omit videos in slideshows - draw a border around images/videos in fullscreen mode that I can't configure and seems to autostart videos in fullscreen (instead of manual starting videos) with not shortcut to play/pause videos
    – soriak
    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:09
  • Well, slideshows are for images only. No? I think you're looking for solutions that can preview images and vidoes.
    – Anwar
    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:11
  • Slideshow in this case might be misleading that's why I added the analogy with the smart device usecase. But gThumb is a good move forward compared with the gnome image viewer, as it includes videos at least.
    – soriak
    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:14
  • @soriak That is the closest I could get.
    – Anwar
    Oct 30, 2016 at 14:58

I suggest using VLC. You can find it in the repositories. You can add Images using the menu entry: Media -> Open Multiple Files.

You can use shortcuts to play the next item (video or image): CTRL + Right Arrow.

You can change the duration of an image being shown following the instructions that you can find here: https://www.vlchelp.com/image-slideshow-photo-view/

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .