It seems to me all the image viewers use a fit to screen approach that zooms out the images... I can set the zoom to 100%, but as soon as I switch images I have to do it again. I'd rather not have it that way.

This seems like something simple to do, is there a viewer that does it by default?

  • irfanview. lots of people use it in linux – marinara Dec 24 '11 at 6:27


The answer is qiv:

qiv -W zoom-percentage image1 image2 ...

See http://spiegl.de/qiv/.

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    This is a great tool and very efficient with a mouse! Scroll wheel to view next/previous pic, back and forward buttons for zoom levels. -X is a nice bonus too for multi monitor users! Good stuff :) – bksunday Jun 22 '15 at 15:00
  • Additionally, instead of providing the image names separately you can just provide the folder name qiv -W zoom-percent foldername or ask it to display images recursively with -u option: qiv -u foldername -W zoom-percent – MF.OX Oct 7 '18 at 20:43


feh is a text-based image viewer. This means it has no graphical user interface. You can open a terminal and type feh --zoom 100 example.jpg. The software will zoom this image to 100%. You can also leave the filename empty. Feh will walk through the actual directory and show every image.


Gimp does not open a file at 100% zoom every time. But you can open an image and immediately press 1. This will zoom the image to 100%.


The software display from ImageMagick is also text-based. Use display example.jpg to open an image with 100% zoom (programm does it by default).


Try gthumb , after installing go to Edit > preferences > Viewer column > After loading an image >> select Set to actual size .

Also supports lots of extensions.

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