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Summary: A fast, lightweight imageviewer using imlib2



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What is feh?

feh is an X11 image viewer aimed mostly at console users. Unlike most other viewers, it does not have a fancy GUI, but simply displays images. It is controlled via commandline arguments and configurable key/mouse actions. Feh homepage


Add support for the Client-Side URL transfer library.
Enable extra debug codepaths, like asserts and extra output. If you want to get meaningful backtraces, see http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/qa/backtraces.xml.
Add support for reading EXIF headers from JPEG and TIFF images.
Add support for the xinerama X11 extension, which is mandator if you work in a multiple monitor setup.

Installing feh

After adding your USE flags (or not) to /etc/portage/package.use/feh, you can emerge feh:

# emerge feh

Using feh

Set desktop background

feh has several options for setting your desktop background:

  • --bg-center: Center the image file on the background. If the image file is smaller in resolution than the screen resolution, it will have black borders around it.
  • --bg-scale: Fit the image to the background without repeating it, cutting parts of the image off, or using black borders. Because of these changes, the aspect ratio is not preserved.
  • --bg-fill: Similar to --bg-scale except that it tries to fill the image to the screen while maintaining its aspect ratio. This may result in parts of the image being cut off.
  • --bg-max: Similar to --bg-fill, except that scales the image to the maximum size that fits the screen. This leads to black borders on one side.
  • --bg-tile: Tile the image across the screen.
  • --random <name of directory to choose random image from>: Allow feh to choose a random wallpaper from a directory of pictures.

Here is an example:

# feh --bg-scale ~/path/to/picture.jpg

Source fehbg to set your wallpaper in Openbox

After you have run feh one time, the directory of the image file is stored in ~/.fehbg. This file can be sourced in your .config/openbox/autostart to load the picture instead of typing out feh --bg-scale /picture/location.jpg:

~/.fehbg &