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Screenshot of XnView showing a .png image with transparency
Original author(s) Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet
Developer(s) XnSoft
Initial release 1.06 / 1998 (1998) (Linux, IRIX)
Stable release 2.34 / September 7, 2015 (2015-09-07)
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, OS X
Platform x86, ARM, MIPS, SH3
Size 4.6 to 14.6 MB
Available in 46 languages[1]
License Freeware for private, educational or non-profit use; otherwise commercial software
Website .com.xnviewwww

XnView is an non-profit uses. For other uses, it is licensed as commercial software.

It is now available for Windows, Windows Mobile and Pocket PC but was previously available for Unix-like systems as well.[2] An extended version of XnView, called XnViewMP, is available for Windows, OS X and Linux.[3]

XnView has received five cows from Tucows.[4] In 2006 Sveriges Television (SVT) recommended XnView in their High Definition Multi Format Test Set.[5] Research papers about DICOM and digital watermarking used XnView for image processing.[6][7]


  • Features 1
  • Related software 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


XnView is customisable and multi-lingual. XnView can read more than 500 image file formats, some audio and video file formats, and write 50 image file formats.[1] XnView also supports ICC profiles in JPEG, PNG and TIFF files. Classic XnView can read image formats resulting in more than 32 bits per pixel, but write support is limited to 32 bits.

XnView can show IPTC, Exif and XMP metadata, and write IPTC metadata (It can also do batch writing of IPTC metadata).[8] XnView can search files that have the same filename or data, and can search for similar graphics as well.

The display of the histogram of a picture is possible. Scripts can be created to convert, manipulate and rename a batch of images in one go. Creation of advanced slide shows is also possible. Lossless (without new encoding) turning, flipping and cropping of JPEG files is supported.

Typical image editing tools are included, for instance color and size manipulation, several filters and effects. XnView supports .8bf Photoshop plugins such as the Harry's Filters 3.0 included in the full version. Support for most raw image formats is based on dcraw.

Support for vector graphics (EPS, PS, PDF) can be integrated with Ghostscript. Classic XnView does not support Unicode, and SVG requires a commercial CAD plugin. These features are available in the multi-platform edition XnView MP based on Qt.[3]

Classic XnView is also distributed in the PortableApps format.[9] XnView 2.13 (2013) was the last version for Windows platforms older than Windows XP. Version 2.30 released in 2015 supports the Netpbm PAM format, can read Better Portable Graphics, and offers an add-on for Imgur uploads.[10]

Related software

The author published various other products using the classic or the multi-platform XnView code base, some examples are:

  • XnViewMP is the designated successor of classic XnView[3]
  • Nview was the DOS4GW predecessor of XnView[11]
  • Nconvert command-line batch convert tool (32 or 64bit)
  • XnConvert GUI batch convert tool (Linux, Mac OS, Windows)
  • Xn apps for iOS
  • XnShell Windows explorer shell extension (32 or 64bit)
  • GFL-SDK free developer library used in tools by 3rd parties[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "XnView formats". Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Downloads for older platforms". Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "XnViewMP Version 0.72 (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux)". 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  4. ^ Michael E, Callahan (2007-09-05). "Picks: Reviews of programs that convert graphics, work with audio files".  
  5. ^ Lars Haglund (February 2006). "The SVT High Definition Multi Format Test Set" (PDF).  
  6. ^ Edward J. Escott, David Rubinstein (September 2003). "Free DICOM Image Viewing and Processing Software for Your Desktop Computer: What’s Available and What It Can Do for You". Radio Graphics ( 
  7. ^ E Ganic, AM Eskicioglu (2004). Robust DWT-SVD domain image watermarking: embedding data in all frequencies. Proceedings of the 2004 workshop on Multimedia and security ( 
  8. ^ "Extending IPTC / EXIF / XMP batch editing". 2006. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  9. ^ "XnView Portable".  
  10. ^ Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet (2015-02-19). "XnView 2.30". Retrieved 2015-02-20. BPG format read support 
  11. ^ "XnView old Download". 2002-12-03. Retrieved 2014-02-26. Nview/Nconvert & View2 v3.87 
  12. ^ "GFL SDK Software Development Kit Version 3.40". 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
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