How to use the Eye of Gnome image viewer in Debian 10

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Eye of Gnome or the Image Viewer is the standard image viewing application for Debian. It is available by default in most versions of Debian. It integrates with the GTK + look and feel of GNOME and supports many image formats for displaying individual images or images in a collection. The Eye of GNOME also allows us to display the images in a full screen slideshow mode or to set an image as the desktop background. It reads the camera tags to automatically rotate your pictures to the correct portrait or landscape orientation.

If your system is missing or you accidentally deleted it, this article is here for your help. In this article we will explain how to install this utility on Debian from the Debian command line, the Terminal. We will also explain how you can use it to view images in Debian and how you can make it your default application for opening / viewing photos.

We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 Buster system.

Install Eye of Gnome

As a Gnome application, Eye of Gnome is readily available from the Debian Stable Main Repository. It can be easily installed from the command line using the apt-get command.

Open your Terminal application by pressing the Superkey (Windows) to access Application Launcher Search, then search for Terminal as follows:

The next step is to update your system’s repository index using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get update

This will help you to install the latest available version of any software from the Internet. Please note that only an authorized user can add, remove and configure software on Debian.

You are now ready to install Image Viewer. You can do this by running the following command as sudo:

$ sudo apt-get install eog

Install EOG

The system may ask you for the sudo password and also give you a Y / N option to continue the installation. Type Y then hit Enter; The software will be installed on your system. However, the process may take some time depending on your internet speed.

You can check the version number of the application and also check that it is actually installed on your system by using the following command:

Check EOG version

Launch and use Eye of Gnome

You can launch the Eye of Gnome application by entering the keywords “image viewer” in the application launcher’s search bar as follows:

Image viewer

You can also start the application with the following command in the terminal:

$ eog &

This is what the image viewer UI looks like when no image is open:

EOG image viewer

You can use the settings menu shown above to open an image by searching for it.

As mentioned earlier, Eye of Gnome is the default image viewer for Debian. Hence, every time you open a picture it will open in the picture viewer / EOG. In case it’s not set as your default viewer, you can right-click an image and select Open with Another Application, then select Image Viewer from the list of applications.

Open with image viewer

You can also set Image Viewer as the default photo viewing tool through the Preferences utility. The easiest way to do this is to search for “Standard Applications” in the Application Launcher as follows:

Standard applications

When you open the listed result entry, the Settings utility opens in the Details> Standard Applications view as follows:

Set EOG as the default image viewer

From the Photos drop-down list, select Image Viewer and it will now be set as your default photo viewing tool.

Here everything revolved around installing and using the Eye of Gnome. No need to look for anything else with this lightweight, safe, and readily available picture viewer.

How to use the Eye of Gnome image viewer in Debian 10