I have in the past used OpenEV to have a fast preview of geotiff files. I tried to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, but it isn't in the ubuntu-gis ppa nor could I find another simple way to install it. The software seems to be abandoned. I know I can also pipe raster files into qgis, but qgis is often too heavy for a quick look and other Image viewers (e.g. Eye of Gnome) often struggle with geotiff files. So i was wondering if there is a simple FLOSS alternative for openEV that can be used in newer versions of Ubuntu and can be used in the command line.

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ImageMagick has a nice simple tool to display images (including geotiff) from the command line:

display your_image_file

geotiff in image magick display tool

Use left mouse button to display command window, right mouse button to display popup menu. There is a Pan icon overview window to pan to a part of the image. To install imagemagick:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick
  • This just gives me "IMDisplayDoc function [DoReadImage] reported a warning" about the GeoTIFF tags. Jun 3, 2023 at 17:19
  • Do you get this message for all tif images? It may be a faulty tif file.
    – Zoltan
    Jun 4, 2023 at 20:42
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    All TIFF files from JAXA's ALOS (30m) dataset. QGIS loads them fine, so that's a strong sign that they're not faulty. Jun 5, 2023 at 4:02

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