How to install XnView MP on Ubuntu 20.04

XnView MP is a versatile and powerful photo viewer, image management, image resizer. It is one of the most stable, easy-to-use, and comprehensive photo editors. This application can be used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing raster images, as well as general purpose file management.

XnView MP can read more than 500 image file formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, WEBP, PSD, camera RAW, HEIC, PDF, DNG, CR2 and export to about 70 different file formats. It also supports some audio and video file formats. XnView MP comes with built-in hex inspection, batch renaming and screen capture tools.

Scripts can be created to convert, manipulate and rename a batch of images in one go. XnView supports .8bf Photoshop plugins such as the Harry’s Filters 3.0 included in the full version.

It’s an cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux. This application is also distributed in the PortableApps format.

Key Features of XnView MP

  • Photo Viewer
  • Display of the histogram of a picture is possible
  • Photo Editor
  • Cross-Platform application
  • Supports more than 500 image formats
  • Comes with an easy to use yet powerful batch conversion module

This article explains two methods of installing XnView MP on Ubuntu 20.04.

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

Method 1: Installing XnView MP using deb package

Installing XnView MP on Ubuntu is honestly straightforward. We’ll download and install the XnView MP .deb package from its official website.

Step #1

Visit the Official Website to download the latest .deb package.

The downloaded file name would be something like: XnViewMP-linux-x64.deb.

Step #2

Now type the following command to install the downloaded package.

$ sudo dpkg -i XnViewMP-linux-x64.deb

You can update the XnView MP package through your desktop standard Software Update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

That’s it, XnView MP has been installed on your Ubuntu System, and you can start using it.

Method 2: Installing XnView MP via AppImage

Before installation let’s understand what is AppImage.

What is AppImage?

We have .deb packages for Debian/Ubuntu based Linux distributions and .rpm for Fedora/SUSE based Linux distributions.

While these packages provide a convenient way of installing software to their respective distribution users, it is not the most convenient for the application developer.

The developers have to create multiple packages for multiple distributions. This is where AppImage comes into picture. AppImage is a universal software package format.

By packaging the software in AppImage, the developer provides just one file to rule them all. End user can use it in most modern Linux distributions.

Step #1

Click on following button to download the latest stable version of XnView MP AppImage executable file for Linux.

Step #2

The downloaded file name would be something like: XnView_MP.glibc2.18-x86_64.AppImage.

By default, the downloaded AppImage file won’t have the execution permission. You will have to change the permission on the file to make it executable and You don’t need root privilege to do that.

Now type the following command to make the AppImage executable.

$ chmod u+x XnView_MP.glibc2.18-x86_64.AppImage

Step #3

Once you have made the AppImage file executable, just double click on it to run it Or run the following command to install through terminal.

$ ./XnView_MP.glibc2.18-x86_64.AppImage

That’s It.

Starting XnView MP

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

XnView MP User Interface:

How to Uninstall XnView MP from Ubuntu 20.04

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

Method #1

If you have installed XnView MP via .deb package then uninstall by running the below command:

$ sudo apt remove xnview

Method #2

If you have installed the application via AppImage:

Since the software is never installed, there is no need of uninstalling it. Just delete the associated XnView MP file and your software is removed from the system.


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