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Gwenview in KDE Applications 16.12.3
Gwenview in KDE Applications 16.12.3
Original author(s) Aurélien Gâteau
Developer(s) KDE
Stable release 18.04.2 (7 June 2018; 30 days ago (2018-06-07)[1]) [±]
Written in C++
Platform KDE Frameworks 5
Type Image viewer
License GNU GPL

Gwenview is an image viewer for Unix-like systems (including Linux) and is released as part of the KDE Applications bundle. The current maintainer is Aurélien Gâteau. The word "Gwen" means "white" in the Breton language and is commonly used as a first name.


Gwenview was first available for K Desktop Environment 3. Later it was released as part of the KDE Software Compilation 4 with a simplified user interface, making it more suitable for quickly browsing through collection of images.[2] It also provided a full-screen interface that can be used to display images as a slide-show. In 2014, Gwenview was ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and released as part of KDE Applications.[3]


Major features include:[4]

  • Directory browser
  • Raster image (including but not limited to BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, MNG, TIFF, and PSD), SVG, RAW (limited), and video support
  • Easy to use interface[5]
  • Metadata comment editor
  • Thumbnail image view of current directory
  • Import images from external storage
  • Use of KIPI (KDE Image Plugins Interface) plugins for manipulating images
  • Filtering based on file type, file name pattern, and date.
  • Share images to social networking sites[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications 18.04.2". KDE. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "KDE 4.1 Release Announcement". KDE. 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications 14.12.0". KDE. 2014-12-17. 
  4. ^ Aurélien Gâteau (2012-12-04), Changes in Gwenview for KDE SC 4.10, 
  5. ^ Chris von Eitzen (2012-01-25), KDE SC 4.8 arrives with enhanced power management, The H, archived from the original on 6 December 2013 
  6. ^ Chris von Eitzen (2011-01-27), KDE SC 4.6 final released, The H, archived from the original on 8 December 2013 

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