feh(1) image viewer and cataloguer


[options ] [files | directories | URLs ... ]


This manual documents 2.16

Compile-time switches: libcurl support enabled, Xinerama support enabled, builtin EXIF support enabled


is a mode-based image viewer. It is especially aimed at command line users who need a fast image viewer without huge GUI dependencies, though it can also be started by (graphical) file managers to view an image. By default (unless arguments or a filelist are specified) displays all files in the current directory.

supports filelists, various image sorting modes, image captions, HTTP and more. Configurable keyboard shortcuts are used to control it; the mouse is also supported, but only required for very few actions.

can also be used as wallpaper setter.

EXIF tags are supported either using exiv2 / exifgrep via --info (see the Sx USAGE EXAMPLES section ) or by compiling with exif=1.


is based on various modes, which are selected at startup by command line options.

Slideshow mode is the default. It opens one window and displays the first image in it, the keyboard and mouse can be used to change slides (images) In slideshow mode, images can be deleted either from the filelist or from the disk, the new filelist can then be saved to the disk and reopened at a later time. An image can also be read from stdin via Qq feh - .

Montage mode forms a montage from the filelist. The resulting image can be viewed or saved, and its size can be limited by height, width or both.

Index mode forms an index print from the filelist. Image thumbnails are shown along with the filename, filesize and pixel size, printed using a truetype font of your choice. The resulting image can be viewed or saved, and its size can be limited by height, width or both.

Thumbnail mode is like index mode, but the mini-images are clickable and open the selected image in a new window.

Multiwindow mode shows images in multiple windows, instead of as a slideshow in one window. Don't use with a large filelist ;)

List mode doesn't display images. Outputs an ls - style listing of the files in the filelist, including image info such as size, pixels, type, etc. Customlist mode will display whatever image info you want, in the format you choose.

can also list either all the loadable files in a filelist or all the unloadable files. Useful for preening a directory.


can open any format supported by Imlib2, most notably jpeg and png. If the convert binary (supplied by ImageMagick) is available, it also has limited support for many other filetypes, such as svg, xcf and otf. Use --magick-timeout num with a non-negative value to enable it. For animated images, only the first frame is shown.


-A , --action [flag [[ title ] action ] ]
Specify a shell command as an action to perform on the image. In slideshow or multiwindow mode, the action will be run when the action_0 key is pressed, in list mode, it will be run for each file. In loadable/unloadable mode, it will be run for each loadable/unloadable file, respectively. In thumbnail mode, clicking on an image will cause the action to run instead of opening the image.

If flag is Qq ; , will reload the current image instead of switching to the next one (slideshow mode) or closing the window (multiwindow mode) after executing the action. If [ title is specified (note the literal Qo [ Qc and Qo ] Qc , ) --draw-actions will display title instead of action in the action list. Note that title must not start with a space. If it does, the action is handled as if it did not have a title. This special case exists for backwards compatibility reasons and makes sure that actions like Qq [ -L %F ] && foo still work.

The action will be executed by /bin/sh. Use format specifiers to refer to image info, see Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS for details. Example usage: Qq feh -A Qo mv ~/images/%N Qc * .

--action1 .. --action9
Extra actions which can be set and triggered using the appropriate number key.
-Z , --auto-zoom
Zoom pictures to screen size in fullscreen / fixed geometry mode.
-x , --borderless
Create borderless windows.
-P , --cache-thumbnails
Enable thumbnail caching in ~/.thumbnails Only works with thumbnails <= 256x256 pixels.
-K , --caption-path path
Path to directory containing image captions. This turns on caption viewing, and if captions are found in path which is relative to the directory of each image, they are overlayed on the displayed image. E.g. with caption path Qq captions/ , and viewing image Qq images/foo.jpg , the caption will be looked for in Qq images/captions/foo.jpg.txt .
-L , --customlist format
Don't display images, print image info according to format instead. See Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS .
Exit after one loop through the slideshow.
-G , --draw-actions
Draw the defined actions and what they do at the top-left of the image.
(only if compiled with exif=1) display some EXIF information in the bottom left corner, similar to using --info with exiv2 / exifgrep .
-d , --draw-filename
Draw the filename at the top-left of the image.
Show overlay texts (as created by --draw-filename et al ) on a semi-transparent background to improve their readability
-f , --filelist file
This option is similar to the playlists used by music software. If file exists, it will be read for a list of files to load, in the order they appear. The format is a list of image filenames, absolute or relative to the current directory, one filename per line.

If file doesn't exist, it will be created from the internal filelist at the end of a viewing session. This is best used to store the results of complex sorts (-Spixels for example ) for later viewing.

Any changes to the internal filelist (such as deleting a file or it being pruned for being unloadable) will be saved to file when exits. You can add files to filelists by specifying them on the command line when also specifying the list.

If file is Qq - , will read the filelist from its standard input.

-e , --font font
Set global font. Should be a truetype font, resident in the current directory or the font directory, and should be defined in the form fontname/points, like Qq myfont/12 .
-C , --fontpath path
Specify path as extra directory in which to search for fonts; can be used multiple times to add multiple paths.
Disable antialiasing for zooming, background setting etc.
-I , --fullindex
Same as index mode, but with additional information below the thumbnails. Works just like Qq feh --index --index-info %n\n%S\n%wx%h . Enables Sx MONTAGE MODE OPTIONS .

Note: This option needs to load all images to calculate the dimensions of the window, so when using it with many files it will take a while before a window is visible. Use --preload to get a progress bar.

-F , --fullscreen
Make the window fullscreen. Note that in this mode, large images will always be scaled down to fit the screen, --zoom zoom only affects smaller images and never scales larger than necessary to fit the screen size. The only exception is a zoom of 100, in which case images will always be shown at 100% zoom, no matter their dimensions.
-g , --geometry [width x height [+ x + y ] ]
Limit (and don't change) the window size. Takes an X-style geometry string like 640x480 with optional +x+y window offset. Note that larger images will be zoomed out to fit, but you can see them at 1:1 by clicking the zoom button. Also note that this option does not enforce the geometry, changing it by a tiling WM or manually is still possible. After each resize, the resulting window size is used as the new size limit.
-Y , --hide-pointer
Hide the pointer (useful for slideshows)
-B , --image-bg style
Use style as background for transparent image parts and the like. Accepted values: checks, white, black. The default for windowed mode is checks, while fullscreen defaults to black.
-i , --index
Enable Index mode. Index mode is similar to montage mode, and accepts the same options. It creates an index print of thumbnails, printing the image name beneath each thumbnail. Index mode enables certain other options, see Sx INDEX MODE OPTIONS and Sx MONTAGE MODE OPTIONS .
--index-info format
Show image information based on format below thumbnails in index / thumbnail mode. See Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS . May contain newlines. Use Qq --index-info So Sc to display thumbnails without any info text

Note: If you specify image-related formats (such as %w or %s) needs to load all images to calculate the dimensions of its own window. So when using them with many files, it will take a while before a window becomes visible. Use --preload to get a progress bar.

--info [flag commandline ]
Execute commandline and display its output in the bottom left corner of the image. Can be used to display e.g. image dimensions or EXIF information. Supports Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS . If flag is set to Qo ; Qc , the output will not be displayed by default, but has to be enabled by the toggle_info key.
-k , --keep-http
When viewing files using HTTP, normally deletes the local copies after viewing, or, if caching, on exit. This option prevents this so that you get to keep the local copies. They will be in /tmp with Qq Nm in the name.
When viewing files with HTTPS, this option disables strict hostname and peer checking. This allows images on sites with self-signed certificates to be opened, but is no more secure than plain HTTP.
When switching images, keep zoom and viewport settings (zoom level and X, Y offsets)
-l , --list
Don't display images. Analyze them and display an ls(1)-Nostyle listing. Useful in scripts to hunt out images of a certain size/resolution/type etc.
-U , --loadable
Don't display images. Just print out their names if imlib2 can successfully load them. Returns false if at least one image failed to load.
--magick-timeout timeout
Stop trying to convert unloadable files after timeout seconds. A negative value disables covert / magick support altogether, a value of zero causes to try indefinitely. By default, magick support is disabled.
--max-dimension width x height
Only show images with width <= width and height <= height If you only care about one parameter, set the other to 0 (or a negative value)
-M , --menu-font font
Use font (truetype, with size, like Qq yudit/12 ) as menu font.
--min-dimension width x height
Only show images with width >= width and height >= height If you only care about one parameter, set the other to 0.
-m , --montage
Enable montage mode. Montage mode creates a new image consisting of a grid of thumbnails of the images in the filelist. When montage mode is selected, certain other options become available. See Sx MONTAGE MODE OPTIONS .
-w , --multiwindow
Disable slideshow mode. With this setting, instead of opening multiple files in slideshow mode, multiple windows will be opened; one per file.
Don't jump to the first image after resorting the filelist.
-N , --no-menus
Don't load or show any menus.
By default, window sizes are limited to the screen size. With this option, windows will have the size of the image inside them. Note that they may become very large this way, making them unmanageable in certain window managers.
Disable Xinerama support. Only makes sense when you have Xinerama support compiled in.
-j , --output-dir directory
Save files to directory (only useful with -k)
-p , --preload
Preload images. This doesn't mean hold them in RAM, it means run through them and eliminate unloadable images first. Otherwise they will be removed as you flick through. This also analyses the images to get data for use in sorting, such as pixel size, type etc. A preload run will be automatically performed if you specify one of these sort modes.
-q , --quiet
Don't report non-fatal errors for failed loads. Verbose and quiet modes are not mutually exclusive, the first controls informational messages, the second only errors.
-z , --randomize
When viewing multiple files in a slideshow, randomize the file list before displaying. The list is re-randomized whenever the slideshow cycles (that is, transitions from last to first image).
-r , --recursive
Recursively expand any directories in the commandline arguments to the content of those directories, all the way down to the bottom level.
Don't recursively expand any directories (enabled by default). Useful to override theme options.
-R , --reload int
Reload filelist and current image after int seconds. Useful for viewing HTTP webcams or frequently changing directories. (Note that the filelist reloading is still experimental.)

If an image is removed, will either show the next one or quit. However, if an image still exists, but can no longer be loaded, will continue to try loading it.

-n , --reverse
Reverse the sort order. Use this to invert the order of the filelist. E.g. to sort in reverse width order, use -nSwidth
-. , --scale-down
Scale images to fit window geometry (defaults to screen size when no geometry was specified). Note that the window geometry is not updated when changing images at the moment. This behaviour may change in the future. This option is ignored when in fullscreen mode.

In tiling environments, this also causes the image to be centered in the window.

--scroll-step count
Scroll count pixels whenever scroll_up, scroll_down, scroll_left or scroll_right is pressed. Note that this option accepts negative numbers in case you need to inverse the scroll direction; see Sx KEYS CONFIG SYNTAX to change it permanently. Default: 20
-D , --slideshow-delay float
For slideshow mode, wait float seconds between automatically changing slides. Useful for presentations. Specify a negative number to set the delay (which will then be float * (-1) ) but start in paused mode.
-S , --sort sort_type
The file list may be sorted according to image parameters. Allowed sort types are: name, filename, dirname, mtime, width, height, pixels, size, format. For sort modes other than name, filename, dirname, or mtime, a preload run will be necessary, causing a delay proportional to the number of images in the list.

The mtime sort mode sorts images by most recently modified. To sort by oldest first, reverse the filelist with --reverse.

-| , --start-at filename
Start the filelist at filename Note that at the moment, filename must match an (expanded) path in the filelist. So, if the file to be matched is passed via an absolute path in the filelist, filename must be an absolute path. If the file is passed via a relative path, filename must be an identical relative path. This is a known issue. See also Sx USAGE EXAMPLES .
-T , --theme theme
Load options from config file with name theme - see Sx THEMES CONFIG SYNTAX for more info. Note that commandline options always override theme options. The theme can also be set via the program name (e.g. with symlinks) so by default will look for a Qq Nm theme.
-t , --thumbnails
Same as Index mode, but the thumbnails are clickable image launchers. Note that --fullscreen and --scale-down do not affect the thumbnail window. They do, however, work for image windows launched from thumbnail mode. Also supports Sx MONTAGE MODE OPTIONS .
-~ , --thumb-title string
Set title for windows opened from thumbnail mode. See also Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS .
-^ , --title title
Set window title. Applies to all windows except those opened from thumbnail mode. See Sx FORMAT SPECIFIERS .
-u , --unloadable
Don't display images. Just print out their names if imlib2 can NOT successfully load them. Returns false if at least one image was loadable.
-V , --verbose
output useful information, progress bars, etc.
-v , --version
output version information and exit.
--xinerama-index screen
Override 's idea of the active Xinerama screen. May be useful in certain circumstances where the window manager places the feh window on Xinerama screen A while assumes that it will be placed on screen B.

In background setting mode: When used with any option other than --bg-tile Only set wallpaper on screen All other screens will be filled black/white. This is most useful in a Xinerama configuration with overlapping screens. For instance, assume you have two overlapping displays (index 0 and 1), where index 0 is smaller. To center a background on the display with index 0 and fill the extra space on index 1 black/white, use Qq --xinerama-index 0 when setting the wallpaper.

--zoom percent | max | fill
Zoom images by percent when in full screen mode or when window geometry is fixed. When combined with --auto-zoom zooming will be limited to the specified percent Specifying max is like setting --auto-zoom using fill makes zoom the image like the --bg-fill mode.


These additional options can be used for index, montage and (partially) thumbnail mode.

-a , --alpha int
When drawing thumbnails onto the background, set their transparency level to int (0 - 255)
-b , --bg file | trans
Use file as background for your montage. With this option specified, the montage size will default to the size of file if no size restrictions were specified. Alternatively, if file is Qq trans , the background will be made transparent.
-X , --ignore-aspect
By default, the montage thumbnails will retain their aspect ratios, while fitting into thumb-width/-height. This options forces them to be the size set by --thumb-width and --thumb-height This will prevent any empty space in the final montage.
-H , --limit-height pixels
Limit the height of the montage.
-W , --limit-width pixels
Limit the width of the montage, defaults to 800 pixels.

If both --limit-width and --limit-height are specified, the montage will be exactly width x height pixels in dimensions.

-o , --output file
Save the created montage to file
-O , --output-only file
Just save the created montage to file without displaying it.
-s , --stretch
Normally, if an image is smaller than the specified thumbnail size, it will not be enlarged. If this option is set, the image will be scaled up to fit the thumbnail size. Aspect ratio will be maintained unless --ignore-aspect is specified.
-E , --thumb-height pixels
Set thumbnail height.
-y , --thumb-width pixels
Set thumbnail width.
-J , --thumb-redraw n
Only relevant for --thumbnails Redraw thumbnail window every n images. In <= 1.5, the thumbnail image used to be redrawn after every computed thumbnail (so, it updated immediately) However, since the redrawing takes quite long (especially for thumbnail mode on a large filelist) this turned out to be a major performance penalty. As a workaround, the thumbnail image is redrawn every 10th image now by default. Set n = 1 to get the old behaviour, n = 0 will only redraw once all thumbnails are loaded.


-@ , --title-font font
Set font to print a title on the index, if no font is specified, no title will be printed.


can also be used as a background setter. Unless you pass the --no-fehbg option, it will write a script to set the current background to ~/.fehbg So to have your background restored every time you start X, you can add Qq sh ~/.fehbg & to your X startup script (such as ~/.xinitrc ) As of 2.13, this script is executable, so Qq ~/.fehbg & will work as well.

For the --bg-center and --bg-max options, you can use the --geometry option to specify an offset from one side of the screen instead of centering the image. Positive values will offset from the left/top side, negative values from the bottom/right. +0 and -0 are both valid and distinct values.

Note that all options except --bg-tile support Xinerama. For instance, if you have multiple screens connected and use e.g. --bg-center will center or appropriately offset the image on each screen. You may even specify more than one file, in that case, the first file is set on screen 0, the second on screen 1, and so on.

Use --no-xinerama to treat the whole X display as one screen when setting wallpapers. You may also use --xinerama-index to use as a background setter for a specific screen.

Center the file on the background. If it is too small, it will be surrounded by a black border
Like --bg-scale but preserves aspect ratio by zooming the image until it fits. Either a horizontal or a vertical part of the image will be cut off
Like --bg-fill but scale the image to the maximum size that fits the screen with black borders on one side.
Fit the file into the background without repeating it, cutting off stuff or using borders. But the aspect ratio is not preserved either
Tile (repeat) the image in case it is too small for the screen
Do not write a ~/.fehbg file


Image path/filename
Escaped image path/filename (for use in shell commands)
Image height
Total number of files in filelist
Temporary copy of filelist. Multiple uses of %L within the same format string will return the same copy.
Current mode
Image name
Escaped image name
x,y offset of top-left image corner to window corner in pixels
Number of image pixels
Number of image pixels (kilopixels / megapixels)
Image rotation. A half right turn equals pi.
Image size in bytes
Human-readable image size (kB / MB)
Image format
Number of current file
Image width
Process ID
current image zoom
A literal %


has three config files: themes for theme definitions, keys for key bindings and buttons for mouse button bindings. It will try to read them from $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/feh/ which (when XDG_CONFIG_HOME is unset) defaults to ~/.config/feh/ If the files are not found in that directory, it will also try /etc/feh/

All config files treat lines starting with a Qq # character as comments. Note that mid-line comments are not supported.


.config/feh/themes allows the naming of option groups, called themes.

It takes entries of the form Qq Ar theme options ... , where theme is the name of the entry and options are the options which will be applied when the theme is used. Note that the options are not parsed by any shell. Therefore, filename expansion Po Qq *.jpg and similar Pc is not supported. Quoting with both single and double quotes works, though.

An example entry would be Qq imagemap -rVq --thumb-width 40 --thumb-height 30 --index-info '%n\n%wx%h' .

You can use this theme in two ways. Either call Qo -Timagemap *.jpg Qc , or create a symbolic link to with the name of the theme you want it to use. For the example above, this would be Qo ln -s `which ` ~/bin/imagemap Qc . Now just run Qq imagemap *.jpg to use these options.

Note that you can split a theme over several lines by placing a backslash at the end of an unfinished line.

Command line options always override theme options.


.config/feh/keys defines key bindings. It has entries of the form Qq Ar action Op Ar key1 Op Ar key2 Op Ar key3 .

Each key is an X11 keysym name as shown by xev(1), like Qq Delete . It may optionally start with modifiers for things like Control, in which case key looks like mod - keysym Po for example Qq C-Delete for Ctrl+Delete or Qq C-1-Delete for Ctrl+Alt+Delete Pc

Available modifiers are C for Control S for Shift and 1 , 4 for Mod1 and Mod4 To match an uppercase letter like Qq S instead of Qq s , the Shift modifier is not required.

Specifying an action without any keys unbinds it (i.e. the default bindings are removed).

Note Do not use the same keybinding for multiple actions. does not check for conflicting bindings, so their behaviour is undefined. Either unbind the unwanted action, or bind it to another unused key. The order in which you bind / unbind does not matter, though.

For a list of the action names, see Sx KEYS .


In an image window, the following keys may be used (The strings in Bo square brackets Bc are the config action names )

a Bq toggle_actions
Toggle actions display (see --draw-actions )
A Bq toggle_aliasing
Enable/Disable anti-aliasing
c Bq toggle_caption
Caption entry mode. If --caption-path has been specified, then this enables caption editing. The caption at the bottom of the screen will turn yellow and can be edited. Hit return to confirm and save the caption, or escape to cancel editing. Note that you can insert an actual newline into the caption using Aq CTRL+return .
d Bq toggle_filenames
Toggle filename display (see --draw-filename )
e Bq toggle_exif
(only if compiled with exif=1) Toggle EXIF tag display
f Bq save_filelist
Save the current filelist as Qq feh_PID_ID_filelist
h Bq toggle_pause
Pause/Continue the slideshow. When it is paused, it will not automatically change slides based on --slideshow-delay
i Bq toggle_info
Toggle info display (see --info )
k Bq toggle_keep_vp
Toggle zoom and viewport keeping. When enabled, will keep zoom and X, Y offset when switching images.
m Bq toggle_menu
Show menu. Use the arrow keys and return to select items, Aq escape to close the menu.
n , Ao Space Ac , Ao Right Ac Bq next_img
Show next image. Selects the next image in thumbnail mode.
o Bq toggle_pointer
Toggle pointer visibility
p , Ao Backspace Ac , Ao Left Ac Bq prev_img
Show previous image. Selects the previous image in thumbnail mode.
q , Ao Escape Ac Bq quit
r Bq reload_image
Reload current image. Useful for webcams
s Bq save_image
Save the current image as Qq feh_PID_ID_FILENAME
v Bq toggle_fullscreen
Toggle fullscreen
w Bq size_to_image
Change window size to fit current image size (plus/minus zoom, if set) In scale-down and fixed-geometry mode, this also updates the window size limits.
x Bq close
Close current window
z Bq jump_random
Jump to a random position in the current filelist
[, ] Bq prev_dir, next_dir
Jump to the first image of the previous or next sequence of images sharing a directory name in the current filelist. Use --sort dirname if you would like to ensure that all images in a directory are grouped together.
< , > Bq orient_3 , orient_1
In place editing - rotate the images 90 degrees (counter)clockwise. The rotation is lossless, but may create artifacts in some image corners when used with JPEG images. Rotating in the reverse direction will make them go away. See jpegtran(1) for more about lossless JPEG rotation. Note: jpegtran does not update EXIF orientation tags. However, assumes that you use the feature to normalize image orientation and want it to be displayed this way everywhere. After every rotation, it will unconditionally set the EXIF orientation to 1 (Qq 0,0 is top left ) Should you need to reverse this, see jpegexiforient(1).
_ Bq flip
In place editing - vertical flip
| Bq mirror
In place editing - horizontal flip. Again, see jpegtran(1) for more information.
0 .. 9 Bq action_0 .. action_9
Execute the corresponding action (0 = --action , 1 = --action1 etc. )
Ao Return Ac Bq action_0
Run the command defined by --action
Ao home Ac Bq jump_first
Show first image
Ao end Ac Bq jump_last
Show last image
Ao page up Ac Bq jump_fwd
Go forward ~5% of the filelist
Ao page down Ac Bq jump_back
Go backward ~5% of the filelist
+ Bq reload_plus
Increase reload delay by 1 second
- Bq reload_minus
Decrease reload delay by 1 second
Ao delete Ac Bq remove
Remove current file from filelist
Ao CTRL+delete Ac Bq delete
Remove current file from filelist and delete it
Ao keypad left Ac , Ao Ctrl+Left Ac Bq scroll_left
Scroll to the left
Ao keypad right Ac , Ao Ctrl+Right Ac Bq scroll_right
Scroll to the right
Ao keypad up Ac , Ao Ctrl+Up Ac Bq scroll_up
Scroll up
Ao keypad down Ac , Ao Ctrl+Down Ac Bq scroll_down
Scroll down. Note that the scroll keys work without anti-aliasing for performance reasons, hit the render key after scrolling to antialias the image.
Aq Alt+Left Bq scroll_left_page
Scroll to the left by one page
Aq Alt+Right Bq scroll_right_page
Scroll to the right by one page
Aq Alt+Up Bq scroll_up_page
Scroll up by one page
Aq Alt+Down Bq scroll_down_page
Scroll down by one page
R, Ao keypad begin Ac Bq render
Antialias the image. Opens the currently selected image in thumbnail mode.
Ao keypad + Ac , Ao Up Ac Bq zoom_in
Zoom in
Ao keypad - Ac , Ao Down Ac Bq zoom_out
Zoom out
*, Ao keypad * Ac Bq zoom_default
Zoom to 100%
/, Ao keypad / Ac Bq zoom_fit
Zoom to fit the window size


The following keys bindings are used for the menu:

Ao Escape Ac Bq menu_close
Close the menu
Ao Up Ac Bq menu_up
Highlight previous menu item
Ao Down Ac Bq menu_down
Highlight next menu item
Ao Left Ac Bq menu_parent
Highlight parent menu item
Ao Right Ac Bq menu_child
Highlight child menu item
Ao Return Ac , Ao Space Ac Bq menu_select
Select highlighted menu item


.config/feh/buttons This works like the keys config file: the entries are of the form Qq Ar action Op Ar binding .

Each binding is a button name. It may optionally start with modifiers for things like Control, in which case binding looks like mod - button (for example C-1 for Ctrl + Left button)

Note Do not use the same button for multiple actions. does not check for conflicting bindings, so their behaviour is undefined. Either unbind the unwanted action, or bind it to another unused button. The order in which you bind / unbind does not matter, though.

For the available modifiers, see Sx KEYS CONFIGURATION SYNTAX .


In an image window, the following buttons may be used (The strings in Bo square brackets Bc are the config action names )

Bq reload
Reload current image
1 Ao left mouse button Ac Bq pan
pan the current image
2 Ao middle mouse button Ac Bq zoom
Zoom the current image
3 Ao right mouse button Ac Bq menu
Toggle menu
4 Ao mousewheel down Ac Bq prev
Show previous image
5 Ao mousewheel up Ac Bq next
Show next image
Ctrl+1 Bq blur
Blur current image
Ctrl+2 Bq rotate
Rotate current image
unbound Bq zoom_in
Zoom in
unbound Bq zoom_out
Zoom out


Default Bindings: When viewing an image, mouse button 1 pans the image (moves it around) or, when only clicked, moves to the next image (slideshow mode only) Quick drags with less than 2px of movement per axis will be treated as clicks to aid graphics tablet users. Mouse button 2 zooms Po click and drag left->right to zoom in, right->left to zoom out, click once to restore zoom to 100% Pc and mouse button 3 opens the menu.

CTRL+Button 1 blurs or sharpens the image (drag left to blur, right to sharpen) CTRL+Button 2 rotates the image around the center point.

A note about pan and zoom modes: In pan mode, if you reach a window border but haven't yet panned to the end of the image, will warp your cursor to the opposite border so you can continue panning.

When clicking the zoom button and immediately releasing it, the image will be back at 100% zoom. When clicking it and moving the mouse while holding the button down, the zoom will be continued at the previous zoom level. The zoom will always happen so that the pixel on which you entered the zoom mode remains stationary. So, to enlarge a specific part of an image, click the zoom button on that part.


In slideshow mode, handles the following signals:

Switch to next image
Switch to previous image


Here are some examples of useful option combinations. See also: Aq http://feh.finalrewind.org/examples/

feh /opt/images
Show all images in /opt/images
feh -r /opt/images
Recursively show all images found in /opt/images and subdirectories
feh -rSfilename /opt/images
Same as above, but sort by filename. By default, feh will show files in the order it finds them on the hard disk, which is usually somewhat random.
feh -t -Sfilename -E 128 -y 128 -W 1024 /opt/images
Show 128x128 pixel thumbnails, limit window width to 1024 pixels.
feh -t -Sfilename -E 128 -y 128 -W 1024 -P -C /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-dejavu/ -e DejaVuSans/8 /opt/images
Same as above, but enable thumbnail caching in ~/.thumbnails and use a smaller font.
feh -irFarial/14 -O index.jpg /opt/images
Make an index print of /opt/images and all directories below it, using 14 point Arial to write the image info under each thumbnail. Save the image as index.jpg and don't display it, just exit. Note that this even works without a running X server
feh --unloadable -r /opt/images
Print all unloadable images in /opt/images, recursively
feh -f by_width -S width --reverse --list .
Write a list of all images in the directory to by_width, sorted by width (widest images first)
feh -w /opt/images/holidays
Open each image in /opt/images/holidays in its own window
feh -FD5 -Sname /opt/images/presentation
Show the images in .../presentation, sorted by name, in fullscreen, automatically change to the next image after 5 seconds
feh -rSwidth -A Qo mv %F ~/images/%N Qc /opt/images
View all images in /opt/images and below, sorted by width, move an image to ~/image/image_name when enter is pressed
feh --start-at ./foo.jpg .
View all images in the current directory, starting with foo.jpg. All other images are still in the slideshow and can be viewed normally
feh --start-at foo.jpg
Same as above
feh --info "exifgrep '(Model|DateTimeOriginal|FNumber|ISO|Flash)' %F | cut -d . -f 4-" .
Show some EXIF information, extracted by exifprobe/exifgrep
feh --action 'rm %F' -rl --max-dim 1000x800
Resursively remove all images with dimensions below or equal to 1000x800 pixels from the current directory.


was created with a floating window layout in mind. However, as of 2.0.1, it has limited support for tiling window managers.

Specifically, the --scale-down and --auto-zoom options will detect a tiling environment and scale the image up / down to the current window size. Unfortunately, this causes every image to be rendered twice: First in a normal fashion, and then (after noticing that the window is being tiled) again with the correct zoom level.

This is a known bug and will hopefully get fixed some time. For now, it can be avoided by using --geometry 500x500 (or any other geometry) This will have the same behaviour as --scale-down but without the flickering.


requires the jpegtran and jpegexiforient binaries (usually distributed in Qo libjpeg-progs Qc or similar ) for lossless rotation.

To view images from URLs such as http://, you need compiled with libcurl support (enabled by default). See the Sx VERSION section.


On systems with Imlib2 >= 1.4.7 and giflib >= 5.1.2, may be unable to load gif images. For affected mips, mipsel and arm devices, gif support is completely broken, while on x86 / x86_64 gifs can usually only be loaded if they are the first image in the filelist. This appears to be an Imlib2 and/or giflib bug introduced in giflib 5.1.2. See Aq https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=813729 for details. Workaround: Use --magick-timeout 5 (or some other positive value) to load gifs with imagemagick instead, or downgrade giflib to 5.1.1.

Thumbnail mode is somewhat inefficient, and because of that not nearly as fast as it could be.

--scale-down does not take window decorations into account and may therefore make the window slightly too large.


If you find a bug, please report it to Aq [email protected] or via Aq http://github.com/derf/feh/issues . You are also welcome to direct any feh-related comments/questions/... to #feh on irc.oftc.net.

Please include the feh version Aq the output of Qq feh --version , steps to reproduce the bug and, if necessary, images to reproduce it.


Plans for the following releases:

  • Make zoom options more intuitive


Copyright (C) 1999, 2000 by Paul Duncan. Copyright (C) 1999, 2000 by Tom Gilbert (and various contributors). Copyright (C) 2010-2016 by Daniel Friesel (and even more contributors).

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies of the Software and its documentation and acknowledgment shall be given in the documentation and software packages that this Software was used.


Current developer: Daniel Friesel Aq [email protected]

Original author (no longer developing) Tom Gilbert Aq [email protected]

See also: http://feh.finalrewind.org