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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.


Install sxiv, which is available in the official 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 -n file to put the full path and filename of the current image into the clipboard with Template:Keypress, and nitrogen --save --set-zoom-fill file to set the current image as wallpaper 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

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 -n \"$SXIV_IMG\" | xclip" },
        { true,   XK_w,             it_shell_cmd,         (arg_t) \
                        "nitrogen --save --set-wallpaper \"$SXIV_IMG\"" },

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

$ updpkgsums

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. Pressing Template:Keypress will make the set the picture as wallpaper using Nitrogen.

Tips and Tricks

Browse through images in directory after opening a single file

Place this script in $PATH and call it like this:

$ <scriptname> a_single_image.jpg

As indicated in the comments of the script, it may be used to have this behavior when opening images from within ranger.

Creating a Desktop Entry

Using a desktop environment some users may prefer to have sxiv listed in the start menu or list of installed programs. This can be done easily by creating the following ~/.local/share/applications/sxiv.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=A Simple X Image Viewer
Exec=sxiv %f

As for the icon, you can for example take this image and place it in ~.local/share/icons/hicolor/<size>/apps/sxiv.png

See also