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View through a peephole
Door viewer in the gate of Vaxholm Fortress

A peephole, peekhole, spyhole, doorhole or door viewer, is a small opening through a door allowing an individual to look from the inside to the outside.

In a door, usually for apartments or hotel rooms, a peephole allows the person behind the door the security of seeing outside without opening the door. Glass peepholes are often fitted with a fisheye lens to allow a wider field of view from the inside and little to no visibility from the outside.[1]


  1. ^ Peephole Is One Way Viewer Popular Science, July 1950, pg 153, right-side.