XnView Add-ons and Format Plugins

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 23, 2008
Updated • Aug 3, 2010
Image, Software, Windows

XnView is a popular image viewer that is pretty fast and lightweight which are two of the most important traits that an image viewer should posses. What most XnView users do not know is that the developer's website contains additional files that can be installed to extend the image viewer's functionality.

Format plugins will add support for image formats that are not included in the main release. About 35 image format plugins can be downloaded from that page. Most of them are exotic formats like jng, wic or bmf which most users probably never heard before.

The plugins can be downloaded separately or as a plugin pack and have to be unpacked into the XnView plugin directory where they will be automatically recognized by the image viewer.

Add-ons on the other hand add support for external services like Imageshack, Nero, archive or ftp support. It usually means sending pictures to another application or adding new functions in XnView like viewing images in archives or adding basic image editing support.

The add-ons and format plugins add new features and functions to XnView which could be interesting for some users.


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  1. Phylis Sophical said on January 20, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Been using XnView for years. Just the right amount of options for non-photo geeks. Easily connects to TWAIN scanner.

  2. IFFan said on February 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    XnView has been stealing/cloning features and whole dialogs from IrfanView, for 10+ years

    1. bartman2589 said on February 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

      And yet XnView has a substantially better user interface than Irfanview (I just downloaded the most recent version of Irfanview ——– IT SUCKS!!!!).

  3. Dante said on October 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve given XnView a whirl, primarily because of the recommendations of this site. Unfortunately, I find XnView to be sluggish when dealing with 2 gigabyte photo subdirectories. Oh well, still looking.

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