GNOME, the popular Linux desktop environment, now has a new image viewer under development!
It’s Loupe, a touchscreen and touchpad friendly image viewer written in GTK4 and Rust programming language.
The target for Loupe is to become the new Image Viewer in GNOME Core.
It means Loupe could be the default image viewer in future instead of the current Eye of Gnome (aka EOG) in Ubuntu, Fedora workstation, and Arch/Manjaro etc with GNOME desktop.
As the screenshot above shows you, it has a modern clean user interface that follow system-wide color scheme (light or dark) in GNOME. It has a semi-transparent floating buttons in the bottom to navigate previous/next and zoom in/out. And, there are a few buttons on header-bar to copy to clipboard, delete and view more image information.
Most importantly, it’s working great for laptop or tablet user with touchpad or touchscreen support. Meaning it supports for using swipe left/right or 2 finger left/right to navigate and pinch or double-tap gesture to zoom in/out. As well, it supports 2 finger rotate gesture to rotate images.
Though, in my case it needs Wayland session which is already the default session in Ubuntu and Fedora Workstation.
Try out Loupe image viewer
The image viewer is still early development stage, though it provides a Flatpak package that works in most Linux for testing purpose.
Just go to the link page below, and click download the development version from ‘Installing’ section:
Then install it by opening a terminal window and running command:
flatpak install ~/Downloads/org.gnome.Loupe.Devel.flatpak
This command install the local .flatpak package stored in your “Downloads” folder. The package name may vary, change it accordingly.
Once installed, search for and open it either from start menu or ‘Activities’ overview depends on your desktop environment. Or, right-click on your photo images and select the image viewer from open with menu.