Seven light and free apps to see your photos in Windows, Linux and Mac

Seven light and free apps to see your photos in Windows, Linux and Mac
Seven light and free apps to see your photos in Windows, Linux and Mac

All operating systems usually come with a list of native applications to perform the basic tasks of our day to day. But many times these are too simple or lacking in options … or quite the opposite, which is why we may want to look for alternatives, to find others that better fit what we need.

If you are a user of Windows, OS X or GNU / Linux and you think that the native options of your equipment to visualize photographs are too heavy, with cumbersome interfaces or full of options that you do not need, today we are going to propose seven applications to replace them. They are simple applications to visualize photos.

IrfanView, light and off-road

IrfanView, It is light (2 MB of 32 bit and 4.42 MB of 64), minimalist to give more importance to the photos than its functions and very easy to use pressing space or direction arrows to move from one photo to another.

It has configuration options to adapt it to our liking and a series of addons to be able to see any photo, video or audio format. It has several editing options such as resizing, trimming, adding basic filters or removing red eyes, has support for skins and a multilanguage interface. For us there is no other like it, and its only downside is that it is exclusive for Windows.

FastStone, a good alternative to Picasa

If instead of a simple visualizer you are looking for an application that also has folder management options in the purest Picasa style, FastStone is an alternative that you should consider. It has good support for several uncommon image formats, although you will have to get used to its large number of toolbars.

It has basic photo editing options, colors and effects, as well as a scanner and screen capture function. Also a simple option of photographic visualization that will open the images in full screen.

XnView, complete, lightweight and multisystem

We could consider XnView almost as a twin brother of IrfanView, with the difference that in this case we do have versions available for Windows, Mac and GNU / Linux (Deb and TGZ). But in essence we find the same, a visualizer with a simple interface, clean and easy to use.

It supports for around 500 multimedia formats, it can convert the images to other formats, and it includes editing options to make small improvements and apply some basic filters to the images. It can be downloaded into an executable to convert it into a portable application, and it will allow you to create and save presentations.


Quite less known than the other options, but Imagine is a hybrid with which you can make simple visualizations IrfanView style or a basic management of folders like FastStone. And all in such an extremely light application exclusively for Windows that its installation file, even 64-bit, weighs less than 1 MB.

gThumb, complete and only for Linux

GNU / Linux users have plenty of options to view their photos. In fact, almost all desktop environments include it’s own, which we can then install on others. But if you had to choose, maybe one of the best options would be the gThumb viewer created for the GNOME desktops.

The application allows you to view images, but also change their size, cut them, rotate them or make some basic adjustments to their colors. You can convert your formats, edit the metadata or organize them with bookmarks and catalogs. In addition, it also supports audio and video formats.

Viewnior, fast and simple image viewer

But okay, maybe the Linux users do not want a tool with several menus to lose, but a simple viewer like IrfanView to serve as an alternative to XnView. In that case, Viewnior is an excellent option. It is an extremely light viewer, very fast, minimalist and with support for GIFs.

In addition to its support for animations, it allows slideshows and full-screen viewing, navigating only between hand-selected images, and displaying the EXIF and IPTC metadata. It allows to realize basic editions like the rotation, redimension or trimming, and to establish an image like bottom of screen. It is available for Archlinux, Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo and Frugalware, and we can also download the source code to take it to any other.

Xee, the great alternative for Mac

If you’re a veteran user of Mac OS X, you’re probably more than used to working with native photo and preview applications. But if you have moved from Windows or are looking for a more complete option, you may want to find an alternative similar to the ones we have been mentioning in the rest of the list.

In that case the best option is Xee, which will allow you to view photos as in Preview, but allowing you to easily navigate to all the contents of folders and files, move and copy images quickly with compatibility of many file formats.

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Aakash Molpariya
Aakash started in Nov 2018 as a writer at Since joining, as writer, he is mainly responsible for Software, Science, programming, system administration and the Technology ecosystem, but due to his versatility he is used for everything possible. He writes about topics ranging from AI to hardware to games, stands in front of and behind the camera, creates creative product images and much more. He is a trained IT systems engineer and has studied computer science. By the way, he is enthusiastic about his own small projects in game development, hardware-handicraft, digital art, gaming and music. Email: aakash (at) revyuh (dot) com