I just installed XnView MP version 0.83 from official site Linux DEB 64bit package. But the program cannot start. The error is the following:

/opt/XnView/XnView: error while loading shared libraries: libgstapp-0.10.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I googled the problem and I found the following. One proposed solution is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

but there is no version of this PPA for my version of Ubuntu:

aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Ubuntu/zesty

Another proposed solution is:

apt install libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0

But this package is missing for my version of Ubuntu. There is newer version of the package libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-0 which I had already installed.

I tried to create symbolic link with the name of the missing SO file referring the newer version.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgstapp-1.0.so.0 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgstapp-0.10.so.0

But now another SO file is missing:

/opt/XnView/XnView: error while loading shared libraries: libgstinterfaces-0.10.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I cannot find newer version of this file on my computer and I don't know from which package to install it.

Is it possible some kind of workaround to run XnView on my system?


I guess you are talking about XnViewMP 0.83 and not XnView 1.73. This is how I got 64-bit version of XnViewMP 0.83 working after downloading it from the link you have provided (you can just copy and paste these commands after you have installed the .deb package):

cd /tmp/
wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gstreamer0.10/libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gst-plugins-base0.10/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1_amd64.deb
dpkg -x libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1ubuntu1_amd64
dpkg -x libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1_amd64.deb libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1_amd64
sudo cp -av libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1ubuntu1_amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/* libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1_amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/* /opt/XnView/lib/
rm -rf libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-1_amd64* libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1ubuntu1_amd64*

Above commands will download and put all needed libraries to XnViewMP lib folder.

I think this can be considered a bug, since XnViewMP shouldn't require libraries which do not exist anymore.

  • The final copy command seems wrong. – bobeff Jan 6 '17 at 16:30
  • And to me it seems good. I just checked again and it worked as expected for me. If it does not for you, please say what exactly is not working for you. – Lissanro Rayen Jan 6 '17 at 17:06

You can get XnView from the GetDeb repositories, which provide the xnviewmp package in version 0.83-1~getdeb1 at the time of writing, including a build for 16.10.

To set up the GetDeb Apps repository as software source for your 16.10 (Yakkety) system, run these two commands:

sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb-apps.list <<< 'deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu yakkety-getdeb apps'
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Then update your package lists:

sudo apt update

Now you can install XnView by simply running:

sudo apt install xnviewmp
  • I did the steps you described but there is an error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: xnviewmp:i386 : Depends: xnviewmp-data:i386 (= 0.83-1~getdeb2~yakkety) but it is not installable. I successfully performed sudo apt install xnviewmp-data but the error is still present. – bobeff Jan 6 '17 at 14:49
  • Uh oh. This seems to me like a packaging bug. Either there is only one xnviewmp-data package for all architectures, then the xnviewmp:i386 should depend on that one instead of the nonexistent xnviewmp-data:i386, or they simply forgot to provide the data package for 32 bit. Sorry then, the only thing you can (and should) do here is probably to contact GetDeb and/or file a bug report. See getdeb.net/contact – Byte Commander Jan 6 '17 at 15:02

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