Developer(s)Irfan Škiljan
Initial release1 June 1996; 27 years ago (1996-06-01)[1]
Stable release
4.67[2] / 5 April 2024; 34 days ago (5 April 2024)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Size3.57 MB (IrfanView 64-bit)
26.02 MB (Plugins 64-bit)[3]
Available inEnglish, German
Other languages available as download.[4]
TypeImage viewer
LicenseProprietary, free for non-commercial use

IrfanView (/ˈɪərfænvj/) is an image viewer, editor, organiser and converter program for Microsoft Windows.[5][6][7] It can also play video and audio files, and has some image creation and painting capabilities. IrfanView is free for non-commercial use; commercial use requires paid registration.[5] It is noted for its small size,[6] speed,[6] ease of use, and ability to handle a wide variety of graphic file formats. It was first released in 1996.[7]

IrfanView is named after its creator, Irfan Škiljan, from Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, living in Vienna.[8] The current version of IrfanView, 4.66, works under all versions of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 11. Version 4.44 and older versions were compatible with Windows 95/98/Me[7][9] and can also be run in Linux under Wine[7][10] and in macOS using WineBottler.[7][11]


IrfanView is specifically optimized for fast image display and loading times. It supports viewing and saving of numerous file types including image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, JP2 & JPM (JPEG2000), PNG (includes the optimizer OptiPNG; APNG can be read), TIFF, raw photo formats from digital cameras, ECW (Enhanced Compressed Wavelet), EMF (Enhanced Windows Metafile), FSH (EA Sports format), ICO (Windows icon), PCX (Zsoft Paintbrush), PBM (Portable BitMap), PDF (Portable Document Format), PGM (Portable GrayMap), PPM (Portable PixelMap), TGA (Truevision Targa), WebP, FLIF (Free Lossless Image Format) and viewing of media files such as Flash, Ogg, Vorbis, MPEG, MP3, MIDI, and text files.[12][13]

Image editing includes crop, resize, and rotate. Images can be adjusted by modifying their brightness, contrast, tint, and gamma level[14] manually or automatically, and by converting them between file formats. Many of these changes can be applied to multiple images in one operation using batch processing.[15]

A plugin allows IrfanView to support lossless JPG operations: horizontal or vertical flip, rotation by 90° increments, and cropping.[16][17]


IrfanView uses plugins to handle several additional images, video, and sound formats and to add optional functionality such as filter processing or other program features.[3][7] With its diverse set of format plugins, the program has been recommended for viewing obscure image formats, or corrupted files, which commercial photo editing software cannot read.[18][19]

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Prior to version 4.41 installer versions of IrfanView supported a number of browser toolbars. Version 4.40 optionally installed the Amazon 1Button App (formerly the Amazon Browser bar).[1]


Irfanview has been positively reviewed as "really good" for easily and rapidly viewing and manipulating images, with its editing and drawing tools.[20] Other writers have focused on its ability to open a wide variety of image formats.[18][19] In a series of image quality tests conducted in 2004, compared with commercial image compressors and Adobe Photoshop 7, Irfanview 3.91 produced "consistently better images than the Adobe Photoshop JPEG encoder at the same data rate", and its JPEG2000 compression quality "closely followed" the best codec, JasPer."[21] According to IrfanView's official website, since 2003, IrfanView has been downloaded over 1 million times per month. One independent review in 2017 described Irfanview, as "the Swiss Army Knife of image viewers".[15]


Irfan Škiljan graduated from the Vienna University of Technology. In a 2006 interview, then 32-year-old Škiljan said that he was able to more or less live off the software, generating income with the sale of licenses for commercial users and of special versions for different customers.[22]


The author claims that the software is pronounced as "EarfanView"; it is named after himself and is an Islamic Arabic name, Irfan.[8]


According to Škiljan, the IrfanView logo and mascot is a "road cat" (there is a tire track across the smallest and the biggest icon for Windows Explorer, as well as the version for Microsoft Store)[23][24] but that he "likes cats", and the icon is "a joke" – the IrfanView website pictures him holding a white domestic cat.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b History of changes for older versions of IrfanView
  2. ^ "History of changes". 5 April 2024. Retrieved 8 April 2024.
  3. ^ a b IrfanView 64-bit version Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  4. ^ Additional languages for IrfanView
  5. ^ a b Gralla, Preston. "IrfanView". PC World. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Pash, Adam (6 October 2006). "Download of the Day: IrfanView (Windows)". Lifehacker. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Boudreaux, Ryan (23 August 2011). "IrfanView: A robust (and free) image editor for your toolkit". TechRepublic. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Skiljan, Irfan. "About the author". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Windows 10 Compatibility for IrfanView by Irfan Skiljan: Compatible". Windows Compatibility Center. Microsoft. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  10. ^ "IrfanView 3.x, 4.x (test results)". Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Irfanview for Mac: Apple Support Communities". Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  12. ^ "List of supported formats". Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  13. ^ Harris, Andy (2010). HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-One For Dummies (2nd ed.). For Dummies. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-470-53755-8. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  14. ^ Crowder, David A. (2007). Google Earth for Dummies. For Dummies. Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing. pp. 289–290. ISBN 978-0-470-09528-7. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  15. ^ a b Ellis, Cat; Marshall, Carrie (5 May 2017). "IrfanView review". TechRadar. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  16. ^ "IrfanView Plugins". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Lossless jpegtran applications". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  18. ^ a b Brundage, Barbara (2009). Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual. O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press. p. 73. ISBN 9781449379520. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  19. ^ a b Nelson, Sharon D., Esq; Simek, John W.; Maschke, Michael (2009). The 2009 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide. American Bar Association. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-60442-321-1.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Harris, Andy; McCulloh, Chris (2008). HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. Wiley Publishing. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-470-18627-5. Retrieved 23 June 2010. Features extensive introduction and opinion.
  21. ^ Ebrahimi, Farzad; Chamik, Matthieu; Winkler, Stefan (November 2004). "JPEG vs. JPEG2000: An Objective Comparison of Image Encoding Quality". In Tescher, Andrew G. (ed.). Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVII. Proceedings of the SPIE. Vol. 5558. pp. 300–308. CiteSeerX doi:10.1117/12.564835. S2CID 6393903.
  22. ^ Hosbach, Wolf (2006). "Hat es sich gelohnt?" (in German) (6). PC Magazin. Retrieved 28 October 2008. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help) (English tr.)
  23. ^ "IrfanView Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Get IrfanView - Microsoft Store". Microsoft. Retrieved 21 January 2021.