How to install Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04 – A Image Viewer for Linux

Gwenview is a fast and easy to use basic image viewer for KDE desktop environment, ideal for browsing and displaying a collection of images. However, you can install it on other desktop environments as well.

Gwenview is able to load and save to a variety of image formats supported by KDE applications such as PNG, JPEG, and even the Gimp’s XCF! If you utilize the Konqueror web browser, you can use it as an embedded image viewer. Here, you can add comments/description to the image as well.

In addition, Gwenview supports KIPI plugins. Gwenview also sports a beautiful thumbnail toolbar when viewing images in fullscreen. Gwenview’s simple user interface doesn’t get in the way and lets you view your images quickly and easily.

Key Features of Gwenview

  • Easy to use User Interface(UI)
  • Supports Raster image including but not limited to BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, MNG, TIFF, and PSD, SVG, RAW (limited), and video support
  • Supports simple image manipulations: rotate, mirror, flip, and resize
  • Thumbnail image view of current directory
  • Can be extended using KIPI (KDE Image Plugins Interface) plugins.
  • Filtering based on file type, file name pattern, and date.
  • Supports basic file management actions such as copy, move, delete, and others
  • Share images to social networking sites
  • Functions both as a standalone application and an embedded viewer in the Konqueror web browser
  • Import images from external storage

This article explains two methods of installing Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Gwenview as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Gwenview. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Gwenview package.

$ sudo snap install gwenview

At this step, you have successfully installed Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Gwenview” and install the application.

Type the following command to update Gwenview package.

$ sudo snap refresh gwenview

Method 2: Installing Gwenview from Ubuntu apt repository

Gwenview is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the Gwenview package.

$ sudo apt install gwenview

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install gwenview

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Starting Gwenview

Gwenview can be launched from the command line by typing gwenview or In the Activities search bar type “Gwenview” and click on the icon.

Gwenview User Interface:

How to Uninstall Gwenview from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Gwenview, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Gwenview via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove gwenview

Method #2

If you have installed the application from default ubuntu apt respository then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove gwenview


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Gwenview on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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