XnView v2.51.6 Updated

Ennovy on 20 Feb 2024
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Feb 2024
  • 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.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a text file in the same folder called xnview.ini and paste in 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: https://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewforum.php?f=35

46 comments on XnView  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

PAFuser 2022-08-17 12:21

XNView MP 1.01 32 + 64 bit available on Portable Apps (NEW on 8/16/22 - https://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/xnview-mp-portable).


JudyGarland 2020-10-22 05:38

XnView is not Windows XP compatible anymore. In order to make it work with XP, replace libwebp.dll (plugin folder) with with webp.dll (xnview.com/download/plugins/webp.zip).


PapaiMark 2020-05-18 22:38

I use it since W98. Very easy copy/paste/crop/resize/scan/print/sharpness and many other things.
Dont have a pen/filler. Not a full img editor but very easy and has many options.
Fully work is done with xnview, mspaint(for pen) and PaintDotNet for layers.(except for the layers that xnview does not have, everything is easier with xnview)


refack 2016-10-12 21:07

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


I am Baas 2013-11-19 23:31


tested on win 7.54, nothing written to the registry.


Wolfghost 2013-11-19 14:57

Even with ini content as shown!


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.


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. ;)


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.


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.


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