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sxiv, Simple X Image Viewer is a lightweight image viewer written in C. It is a lightweight image viewer that is scriptable.


sxiv can be found in the Community repositories.

Assigning keyboard shortcuts to sxiv

sxiv is scriptable, but to do this, you have to edit config.h and compile sxiv as follows:

As an example we will assign the following command to Template:Keypress: mv file ~/.trash, and echo file to put the full path and filename of the current image into the clipboard with Template:Keypress.

So when sxiv is started in thumbnail mode on a folder, one can see all files in that folder, select random thumbnails, and hit ^d to move them to a custom "trash" folder.


Get latest PKGBUILD from abs

# abs community/sxiv
Note: The prompt above is a root prompt, denoted by a pound-sign (#), so you may have to use sudo, for example.

copy source to your own workspace:

$ cp -r /var/abs/community/sxiv ~/sources

move to source directory to start the work:

$ cd ~/sources/sxiv

enable scripting in config.h by adding the following after #ifdef _FEATURE_CONFIG:

/* enable external commands (defined below)? 0=off, 1=on: */
#define EXT_COMMANDS 1

edit config.h, to add the line for the "d" and "c" shortcut:

        /* run shell command line on current file ("$SXIV_IMG"): */
        { true,   XK_less,          it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "mogrify -rotate -90 \"$SXIV_IMG\"" },
        { true,   XK_greater,       it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "mogrify -rotate +90 \"$SXIV_IMG\"" },
        { true,   XK_comma,         it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "jpegtran -rotate 270 -copy all -outfile \"$SXIV_IMG\" \"$SXIV_IMG\"" },
        { true,   XK_period,        it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "jpegtran -rotate  90 -copy all -outfile \"$SXIV_IMG\" \"$SXIV_IMG\"" },
//insert the lines below
        { true,   XK_d,             it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "mv \"$SXIV_IMG\" ~/.trash" },
        { true,   XK_c,             it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "echo \"$SXIV_IMG\" | xclip" },

After saving config.h, create new checksums for modified files (config.h in this case):

$ makepkg -g >> PKGBUILD

Extract the source files; you can just run makepkg to do it for you:

$ makepkg

Compile sxiv and install it:

$ makepkg -efi

Create .trash folder if it doesn't exist:

$ mkdir ~/.trash

Now when you start sxiv in thumbnail mode on a folder of pictures, i.e.:

$ sxiv -tsr ~/pictures
Congratulations! You can now delete selected pictures by hitting Template:Keypress. This will move your selected pic to ~/.trash. Pressing Template:Keypress copies the full path and file name of the current picture to the clipboard.