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

The Ristretto Image Viewer is an application that can be used to view, and scroll through images. It can be used to run a slideshow of images, open images with other applications like an image-editor.

Basically this application is personalized for Xfce desktop environment but you can install it anywhere.

It’s an straightforward image viewer where you just get the ability to zoom and view in fullscreen mode. Ristretto can do a bit more, too. You can use it to save a copy of an image you’re viewing, set that image as your desktop wallpaper and so on.

The user interface(UI) of this application is quiet simple. You open a folder containing images, click on one of the thumbnails on the left, and move through the images by clicking the navigation keys at the top of the window.

Key Features of Ristretto

  • Simple image viewer
  • Fullscreen mode & Slideshow
  • Flip images horizontally and vertically
  • Hide thumbnail bar when fullscreen
  • Set image as wallpaper
  • Zoom in and out
  • Many more…

Installing Ristretto from Ubuntu apt repository

Ristretto 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 Ristretto package.

$ sudo apt install ristretto

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

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install ristretto

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

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

Starting Ristretto

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

Ristretto User Interface:

How to Uninstall Ristretto from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Ristretto, type the following command.

$ sudo apt remove ristretto


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Ristretto 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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