Meh Image Viewer

Meh is probably the fastest image viewer I have ever used. This minimal and light image viewer is named after Feh, another fast image viewer that I like.

Meh uses ImageMagick and is faster than Feh. I found that its claim is indeed true, it opens images in a flash, both from the shell and as default image viewer on the desktop.

Install from source

  • Download the source from its Github:
$ git clone
  • You might need some libraries to be able to compile it:
$ sudo apt install libgif-dev libjpeg-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev
  • Build it:
$ cd meh
$ make
  • Install it:
$ sudo make install

Note that I highly recommend using checkinstall as described here instead of this.


  • To open all image files or some specific files:
$ meh *
$ meh *.jpg
  • Keyboard shortcuts:
    • j and k: Move forward and backward through images
    • Esc: Close Meh
  • Note that Meh always displays the image zoomed correctly to fit the window. It changes as the window is resized. This is one of the biggest problems in Feb, which shows a zoomed in image by default.

  • You can make Meh your default image viewer by associating the various image extensions with it. To do this, first add Meh to the Open With list as described here.

Tried with: Meh 0.3 and Ubuntu 14.04

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