An image viewer with vim-like keybindings.
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Version 0.9.2 (unreleased)

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Vimiv is an image viewer with vim-like keybindings. It is written in python3 using the Gtk3 toolkit. Some of the features are:

  • Thumbnail mode
  • Simple library browser
  • Basic image editing
  • Command line with tab completion

For much more information please check out the documentation. If you are new to vimiv, this is a good place to get started. For a quick overview check out the keybinding cheatsheet.


Open image and library


Thumbnail mode



Install the dependencies listed below first. To use the development version clone this repository, for the latest stable check out the releases page. To install a simple # make install should suffice. To remove vimiv the standard # make uninstall works. You may need to update your icon cache after installation.

For Arch Linux users the latest release is available from [community] and there is the AUR package vimiv-git for the development branch.

Fedora Linux users can install stable releases from the official repositories using the provided package managers.


  • python3
  • python-gobject
  • gtk3
  • python-setuptools (for installation)
  • python-dev (on debian-based systems for installation)
  • libgexiv2 (optional for EXIF support; needed for saving without deleting EXIF tags and for the autorotate command)

Thanks to

  • James Campos, author of Pim which was the starting point for vimiv
  • Bert Muennich, author of sxiv which inspired many of the features of vimiv.
  • Anyone who has contributed or reported bugs