XnView v2.45 Updated

billon on 31 May 2018
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 May 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

XnView is a feature-rich, customizable media viewer that supports more than 400 formats. Includes batch image converter/renamer as well as basic transformations (rotate, filters, effects, colors, multi-page etc.). Various viewing settings include tabbed interface, fullscreen, slideshow, web page, contact sheet, image compare and filmstrip layout. Includes scanner support, screen capture, Photoshop's 8bf plugins, image search, histogram, metadata viewer, automatic crop (deletes background), watermark, flash export and more. It can also store thumbnails to a temp folder rather than each image folder accessed, which is handy for portable use.

Alternatively, XnView Portable is pre-configured and automatically supports PDF interpreter/rendering engine Ghostscript Portable.

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:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a file in the same folder called xnview.ini with the following content:



  3. Launch xnview.exe

    Optionally, English speakers can delete the \Languages folder to save space.
Similar/alternative apps: IrfanView, Imagine, FastStone Image Viewer
What's new? See:

43 comments on XnView  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

ih8tspam 2006-09-25 17:38

Download the minimal version, it is only 2.88MB and doesn't have any hooks into the registry.

Paz 2007-04-19 06:10

I have all options unchecked in the "System Integration" preferences, and "Save as INI in folder XNView" selected, and still XNView folder and files are created in the local "Application Data" folder.

Is it normal to also have references to XNView written in my local "WINDOWS\Prefetch" directory?
(filenames such as "XNVIEW.EXE-1584C38F.pf" appear)

(by the way, this is under Win XP)

Andrew Lee 2007-04-19 06:27

Paz, not sure about the INI problem (works for me), but the prefetch directory is a WinXP trick to speed up app loading and has got nothing to do with portability. Try searching "prefetch" on Google and you'll get tons of links on the subject.

Local 2007-05-10 10:45

All settings are stored to the ini file in the application folder but it does store a Database file in the user

Any one know how to stop this happening?

Local 2007-05-10 10:47

That was the user application data folder =)

Andrew Lee 2007-05-11 06:36

Local, I have just updated the instructions to configure settings so that everything is stored in the EXE folder, so please take a look again.

Frameker 2007-05-18 06:55

The software is great, but I could't find a way to add a frame to my pictures, as mentioned in the text.

Hubbabub 2007-05-19 00:31

Double click on the image, then go to the menu
Image -> Canvas Size

a 2007-05-20 08:55

I've been using this for a while, very useful.. although it supports over 400 formats, it doesn't support some of the rare/arcane, propriority formats unfortunetly.

kramres 2007-07-17 08:22

How to select language?

Andrew Lee 2007-07-21 05:59

Tools, Options, Interface, Language.

Aaron1 2007-08-30 09:19

I had a problem with the older 1.91.2 where this software was only printing to first printer in the select printer list. It was a bug. Installed this newer version and seems like it's working correctly. XNView is Super Awesome great software! Lovin it. Can someone explain what is this "Photoshop Plugins" stuff, and how/when to use it. I'd like to learn that.

David Dollevoet 2007-12-21 11:06

A favorite application becomes even better. Many thanks again to Pierre-emmanuel Gougelet.

My installation, excluding thumbnail cache files, amounts to a skinny 4MB -- none of the included language files, external filters, skins, web templates, ....

The "experimental" highlight/shadow tool works well to recover details lost in shadows and/or highlights, much like a "contrast mask" in Photoshop-type programs.

David Dollevoet 2007-12-21 11:47

Forgot to mention in my prior comment.

For photo editing, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements.

For photo browsing, I use XnView -- in my experience, the most convenient and efficient photo browser available. When browsing with XnView thru a directory of photos, I use XnView to selectively pass photos to Photoshop Elements for editing.

Fuego 2008-02-04 15:35

download linked from this site doesn't run well on vista, complains of missing dll i had to re download from official website.

Ashghost 2008-02-28 21:43

@Fuego: The download link above is the same link as the Zip file "Server 1" link on the official download page.

a 2008-04-07 11:44

if you get the full version it includes plug ins that enabled it to read zip, rar and 7zip archive, albeit a little slow, but very cool. highly recommended image viewer.

Kermode 2008-06-12 18:36

If you want english as langauge (following andrews start up) you can add "Language=en" (no quotes, in the start section in xnview.ini )

a 2008-07-26 14:04

XnView 1.94.1 is out, by the way if you get the full version you can save space by deleting the language files. optional is deleting media detector and any plugins you will not be using from inside the addons and plugins directory.

a 2008-07-26 14:37

xnview full is 30 megs uncompressed, roughly 20 megs if you delete the language files and you can also upx compress some of the files, i use upx shell (by ion-tek) the end results were just 14.1 MB in size.

djagi 2008-07-30 11:32

8,26 Mb. using ThinApp (Thinstall) ;-)

Paul Moore 2008-08-09 11:41

One really nice feature is the ability to create a standalone EXE slideshow for your pictures. It made a beautiful thumbnail viewer of 70-odd MB of pictures in 2M for me.

Amy 2008-11-06 03:43

I just downloaded the newest version, 1.95.3 and was wondering if I was the only one who got an error message saying that NCSEcw.dll doesn't exist.

Amy 2008-11-06 04:03

Just a response to my problem.

1) the program still opens and runs (but the error message repeats when you rerun it.
2) When I coppied my .ini from my old copy, it doesn't produce the error.

Peter 2008-11-06 05:13

I had the same problem.
Use (fro the XnView page)
instead of XnView-win-full.zip which is downloaded from this page, and it should work for you too.

Ben 2008-11-09 00:01

@Amy: The NCSEcw.dll error is occurring because the ECW (Ermapper format) plugin is missing necessary files. To fix this problem, install the full version ZIP package as normal. Then, go to the plugins download page, http://pagesperso-orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enplugins.html , and download the ECW format plugin package. Unzip the package contents into the "Plugins" directory below the XnView directory. No more errors. :)

Ben 2008-11-09 01:21

Alternatively, if you don't need to view ECW files, just delete Xecw.dll from the plugins directory.

QWERT 2010-02-11 11:34

XnView has been stealing/cloning features and whole dialogs from IrfanView, for 10+ years

Mike-RaWare 2010-02-27 14:11

@QWERT: I think that is a lie from irfan skiljan, and so what? XnView is still better!

druqs 2010-02-28 20:21

qwert, what are you complaining about, at least it's free. ps your an a-hole.

groundhogday 2010-03-01 08:34

FastStone Image Viewer is better than this amateurish-looking app. FastStone's full screen info and edit tools alone make it a far better program. Whatever. Everyone has a favorite.

Misha 2010-03-02 16:39

BoxedApp Packer - is much better than Thinapp: http://boxedapp.com/

David Dollevoet 2010-09-24 08:33

I have tried the popular freeware image viewers -- FastStone Image Viewer (FSIV), IrfanView, and Xnview. Xnveiew is clearly superior for me. I have more than 14,000 digital photos. I use Photoshop for editing and Xnview for browsing and printing.

IrfanView makes a thumbnail cache of a directory on the fly, writing to memory and not to disk. At every program launch or directory change, IrfanView recreates the directory thumbnail cache. This is much too time consuming, and makes IrfanView unsuitable for me.

FSIV and Xnview save thumbnail caches to disk. FSIV offers 5 thumbnail sizes, none suitable for me. Xnview offers wide user latitude. My Xnview thumbnails are big, beautiful 240 pixels x 240 pixels. My thumbnail cache is consequently a whopping 230 MB. FSIV requires thumbnail cache files reside in the FSIV directory. Conveniently, Xnview permits the location to be user specified. My location is a dedicated directory on my data partition. When I periodically back up my data partition to my external USB disk, the Xnview thumbnail cache is automatically backed up.

FSIV does not offer tabbed viewing of multiple open files. Xnview does.

FSIV offers minimal editing function. Xnview offers a wide variety, even a decent shadow & highlight correction. FSIV does not support third party Photoshop ".8bf" filters. Xnview does, if the filter is not restricted to Photoshop and if the filter does not require multiple layers.

For these and other reasons, Xnview is my choice.

Arnold Edmondson 2010-12-17 16:37

XnView v full crashes opening images on 64 bit windows 7 ...working on apng.. that could be the problem? any ideas..tried reinstalling.. HELP!

Arnold Edmondson 2010-12-17 16:39


XnView V1.97.8 need it to work on APNG !!

ZEKE 2011-04-16 03:38

RE: Andrew Lee: Local, I have just updated the instructions to configure settings so that everything is stored in the EXE folder, so please take a look again.

I cannot find the instructions to configure settings. Please give specific instructions to find the instructions.



JohnTHaller 2011-06-22 16:34

I don't think "Dependencies: MSVCR71.DLL MSVCP71.DLL" needs inclusion here anymore as this works out of the box on a virgin Windows 2000 install (which does not include those files). I didn't want to remove it on the off chance that it applies to Windows 9x and someone still cares about that.


derty2 2011-06-27 15:37

I've been using XnView for a long time and its feature set is outstanding; it's an indispensable media viewer and manager.
Lately, it has been getting on my nerves and I've been starting to view it as spyware/malware !!

If I have a .URL file in the same folder as an image, then XnView will try connecting to the internet. If I remove the .URL file from the folder, then XnView won't do this.
I've looked all over the App Preferences and at XnView support forum but I can not find a solution. There must be a setting somewhere that controls this behaviour.

I'm at my wits end, and I'm very close to ending my relationship with this software. In my opinion, the developer of XnView has made a BIG mistake not clearly explaining to the user the exact steps to control this behaviour. Some of those URL's XnView is trying to connect to are not even related to the actual path in the .URL file !!

Can somebody with an intimate knowledge of the settings please help. Thankyou.


outskirter 2011-12-22 23:59

@derty2, in XnView's settings menu, under Browser/Preview, do you happen to have the following option enabled:

"Auto play for Audio/Video"

If it is checked, every time you open a folder and XnView builds its cache, it is likely to follow the link in your .URL file. Basically, it opens everything it finds in the folder during the caching process. Even if it isn't caching the .URL file, if you point at it with the option enabled, it possibly attempts to open it.

Also, you might want to look in the Browser menu under File List, and make sure that "All Other Files" has nothing checked.
I just tried this with a .URL file myself while posting this response, and even though Auto Play didn't attempt to open the URL, if I selected the file and double-clicked it, XnView did open the site and I found a new tab in the background. ;)


BGM 2013-07-18 20:55

I've been using XnView for years and I love it. I've tried all the others, and I prefer XnView even to Adobe Bridge. It is very fast and the toolbars are completely configurable. And you can even see illustrator thumbnails and some other vectors. Thumbs up for me. This has made a difference in my productivity.


Wolfghost 2013-11-19 14:57

Even with ini content as shown!


I am Baas 2013-11-19 23:31


tested on win 7.54, nothing written to the registry.


refack 2016-10-12 21:07

MSVCR71.DLL MSVCP71.DLL are no longer dependencies
only `msvcp110_win.dll` but it's lazy loaded


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