FastStone Image Viewer v6.5 Updated

billon on 3 May 2018
  • 16MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 May 2018
  • Suggested by Widya Santoso

FastStone Image Viewer is an image browser, viewer and converter that supports resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, watermarks, lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image frames, scanner support, histogram and more. It also includes a built-in slideshow with 60+ transitional effects. It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and several Camera RAWs.

The program includes metadata (EXIF) tools including the ability to pull up a map of where a given picture was taken by looking at GPS data.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for non-commercial use
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FSViewer.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files.
Similar/alternative apps: IrfanView, XnView, Imagine
What's new?
  • Enhanced:
    • The Import Photos and Videos tool. Now it allows you to import both photos and videos from cell phones, digital cameras and card readers. Previously, video files could not be imported;
    • The internal Video Player.
  • Increased the maximum time interval (from 5 minutes to 1 hour) in slideshow.
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes.

48 comments on FastStone Image Viewer  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

elbrunner 2006-05-02 04:49

i had first an error-alert, that the stick is write-protected. but the after i pressed "F12" it was working fine.

Vectorlost 2006-07-31 17:05

This program works perfectly, incredible graphic interface, Freeware, All the option you want woth a program like of image .

Federico 2006-11-01 00:00

the program is the only that let me generate my collections
with my photos and comment each photo into (with secure data) there is need of a column showing comment in details
and a find to retrieve database containing that text-search
with ocr added and a graphic find type % approx will be maximum in the world and all will have it.

Bruce 2007-01-18 13:00

A really great program, which I've been using for a couple of months now. I was so impressed with the "Crop Board" feature I made a donation and received a registration code. Anyone with lots of image to crop should give it a try...and heaps of other great features too :-)

Prashanth 2007-01-19 05:23

I tried running this on Ubuntu LINUX using Wine.
Works great!!
Haven't tried all the features yet, but am quite impressed.

Local 2007-07-21 12:29

I just can't believe this is free.

There are just so many features, including a version of their screen capture and bulk resizer/converter utilities built in.
I doubt you'd ever need another image viewer.

BillyBob 2007-08-12 18:19

This is one of the best image viewer/resizing and other utility programs I have ever used. Take a look at the screen capture / edit capabilities also. I just noticed that tonight. Below is what I just posted under the FastStone Capture comments.

FSCapture is good, but even better, take a look at FastStone Image Viewer (v3.2 is what I have) - it has a built in screen capture which looks like it is exactly the same as FSCapture, but on steroids. (Click File, Screen Capture and then choose from all the same types that FSCapture has - Foreground Window, Window or object, Rectangle region, Freehand region, Full screen). The only thing it doesn't seem to have is the hot keys, but that is minor.

BillyBob 2007-08-13 06:04

I thought I had copied all my comments across last night, but just noticed I missed the last paragraph:

The 30 day trial pay version of FSCapture allows you to set edges (torn etc.) on all sides, while this last free version allows it on 2 sides only. FSViewer goes even further and allows all the same editing, highlighting, drop shadows etc. and on top of that, you also have 88 (yes - eighty eight!) frame masks which do the whole torn edges, hearts, and other special effects on the edges, as well as rotating the screenshot to any angle you specify, and much more. I think I will be removing FSCapture from my PC and using only FSViewer from now on. Only one thing more I would like to see in FSViewer - the ability to save an image to a Windows icon .ICO file.

grannyGeek 2007-10-17 02:07

I wanted to love it, truly I did. The feature set is very attractive. Unfortunately, I don't have eyes like a hawk, and the (apparently) 6-point font used for the interface and the tiny icons just made it too much struggle to use, even with 120-dpi screen setting at 1024x768. So back to IrfanView for me, which anyway supports audio and video files too. If anyone knows of a way to modify FastStone interface for a larger appearance, I'd love to try it again.

kike 2007-10-18 12:59

Very good, I prefer it more than ACDC, the only thing poor is when you have to convert a group of pictures, I had to do one by one.

MrBuddha 2007-11-08 15:03

What's so difficult using "Tools" -> "Batch convert / rename"? This tool is so great, except that horrible skin annoyance...

JayKay 2008-05-28 16:54

I find the batch F4 and F3 tools most useful. I switched skins to one of the XP styles - much better. Now if I could save the thumbnails off like in Irfanview... FS would become my one-stop shop.

avoidz 2008-09-17 20:14

Fantastic freeware! Tough choice between this and IrfanView, so I use both (the crop tool in particular is a lot better in FastStone).

The Capture tool is missing the Scrolling Window option, and there's no Screen Color Picker, but those are small omissions in such a feature-packed - free - utility.

The Windows Vista skin in my personal choice, though I use XP :)

Netsaver 2008-09-19 01:04

very nice the interface,
anyway for big archives also IPTC or XMP
management would be required (categories and keywords
tagging), EXIF only reports technical info from cameras.

For this purpose XnView is preferrable (together with ExifToolsGUI)

Paul 2008-10-28 23:46

As a professional and "software rebellious" photographer who prefers GIMP to PhotoShop, I'm always looking for "just do it" programs to speed workflow with reliable, excellent results. FastStone is simply the single best small program available. And the ability to export by hitting "E" and send images to the GIMP for final tweaking - is just perfect. It should get product of the year IMO.

joysan 2008-11-01 22:10

Excellent software. This program not only gives a more convenient way to zoom an image but also zooms more smoothly. I compared it using several test images with IrfanView and XnView (both latest versions and set to the smoothest zoom possible) and FSViewer was the best. I also liked the way it gave access to thumbnails in fullscreen view by moving mouse to the top of screen. The keyboard shortcuts are also good.

Having said that, it cannot entirely replace IrfanView and XnView. These two programs also have their own unique features. So I am now using 3 image viewers according to my needs at the moment.

Bruce 2009-02-18 02:13

One of the best image viewers around continues to get better. Highly recommended.

Mark 2009-02-18 21:43

This, along with Faststone Capture, has quickly become an essential and regularly-used program on my computer :)

Neumar 2009-02-24 03:47

Ok, it's really good, and etc., I also want to state this. But here's a little tip: go to Settings - settings (or hit F12), Thumbnail tab and disable "Use thumbnail database". I started to use the program and notice some space missing in my device, found this option, disabled, got 54Mb back!

Bruce 2009-06-10 04:13

Version 3.9 has been released :-)

Bruce 2009-11-20 06:28

Amazingly FastStone Image Viewer keeps getting better and better. This is a must have program.

avoidz 2009-11-20 07:49

I love this program so much it's unnatural :)

Henk 2010-03-07 02:01

I am doing lots of photo work! This program is my default viewer for a couple of years already! Its really great, thanks a lot! Everything is so easy, even batch conversions!

ChrisC. 2010-03-22 19:11

Nice, but where is the option to play sound files with each picture, like in Thumbs Plus?

nighttime junkie 2010-04-20 10:14

what chris? why would you ever need that!?

TH 2010-04-29 13:33
jojopumpkin 2010-07-22 10:54

Love it! I was using Picasa as my main organizer but hated the editing results that would change after exporting. I found this program and I put a copy of it on all my photo usb drives. It makes life easier when bringing photos to show friends and family. There is so much to this program. I'm amazed by its small foot print and its enormous power.

borivoje 2010-10-22 20:46

Small, lightweight and perfect program. Recommendation!

Bill 2010-11-30 04:08

Excellent free download with one thing that I cannot do. Crop an image out of a photo and print a 4x6 picture of that cropped image.

Ancient Images 2011-01-15 18:33

My favorite image browser. Essentially, ACDSee for free.

The one problem is that it hangs from time to time, not really sure why. Maybe the latest 4.3 has fixed it!

webfork 2011-01-15 19:19

Ancient: Agreed. Although I haven't had the hang issue.

SH 2011-01-18 21:54

Version 4.3 has a bug that I wonder if others can reproduce?

Go to "Draw board"
Create something with the text tool
Move the selected text box
Text disappears.

SH 2011-01-19 00:50

Just found another bad bug that qualifies this as a version to avoid. It has new features, one of which is similar to the brightness editor. Any adjustments I make simply revert and do not save.


So, anyone have a link to 4.2 portable version? :(

Baas 2011-01-19 01:41
Ruby 2011-04-12 14:18


I think what you're referring to has been fixed in Version 4.4 (March 25, 2011)

"Fixed a bug in the "Adjust Lighting" tool that it could not save changes of Highlights"


jojopumpkin 2013-09-17 16:41

Has anyone figured out the thumbnail display issue when using FSViewer in linux/wine? It only displays the first twenty or so thumbs in a folder. It sees the images but wont display the thumbs.


Bruce 2013-11-13 09:54

Version 4.9 has been released :)


Bruce 2013-11-14 06:42

There always seems to be a gem in every new version of this amazing program. The new "Design and Print" (Alt+P) is no exception - very nice.

Just a reminder. Faststone builds a thumbnail database (FSViewer.db) as it scans folders. This process can be a little slow the first time it scans a folder, particularly if there are lots of hi-res pics. However, the advantage is that subsequent visits to folders already scanned are very fast loading the thumbnails. The downside is that the database, which can be very large, is stored on the flash-drive (although with the size of flash-drives these days it's much less a problem than it once was). However, if you are using a small flash-drive the solution is simple: go to settings (F12) | Thumbnail tab | disable "Use thumbnail database". Loading thumbnails will be slower, but the there's no thumbnail database file clogging smaller flash-drives.


AdrianK_IT 2014-09-26 13:48

Decided to give this app a try, and I'm blown away by it. I love the fact that it allows basic 'digital darkroom' work on the .dng files produced by my Pentax K10D and Ricoh GX200 cameras. Previously, I could use the simple Pentax Photolab on the K10D files, but it wouldn't recognise the Ricoh ones; I had to use the (too complicated for my needs) RawTherapee (the Ricoh software was cr*p). Now I can use the same software for both. Brilliant!


fullbug 2014-10-25 18:06

This is the only capture program I have ever used, its the best!
just don't update the program, this is the last freeware version....


Checker 2014-10-26 02:00

@ fullbug: This is FastStone Image Viewer.
You are talking about FastStone Capture ( ).


fullbug 2014-10-27 14:03

Of course your right, sorry, had a brain cramp....


Bruce 2016-05-21 11:06

Version 5.6 has been released :)


Ennovy 2016-05-21 13:31

@Bruce: Thank you and updated


MIKLO 2016-05-22 13:38

I have been using FastStoned for several years and I really like it very much. It does everything I want almost intuitively, I have used other capture programs in the past but none compare to FastStoned.I use just about every day either resizing or cropping a pic so I'm glad it’s always here 4me.


Bruce 2016-08-29 07:36

I'm a great fan of this program. And, as I've said before, just when you think FastStone Image Viewer can't get better the developers come up with another gem ... this time it supports dual instances, which allows you to run two image viewers at the same time, drag and drop images between them, and compare images from different folders side by side. Well done FastStone!


xor 2018-02-18 00:26

This is my complimentary app to the well known big-one. I'm having trouble renaming a file (F2) it takes 5 seconds to rename it, I had to go back to version 5.3 where it's all fast and normal, no idea if this a bug or a Win 10 thing or something else.


zorro 2018-02-18 06:05

@xor: must be related to your system. I'm using the newest version on Win 8.1 x64 and just tested all renaming methods - no problems, no delay. All other functions work as well fast and flawless.


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