How to Install Mirage on Debian 11 Bullseye

Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer because it depends only on PyGTK. If you want a decent image viewer and the ability to access it via command line, a fullscreen mode, slideshow mode, essential editing tools to resize/crop/rotate/flip, and a configurable interface, Mirage would be the most straightforward option.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Mirage on Debian 11 Bullseye using the APT package manager with the command line terminal.

Update Debian

Before the tutorial, the first step is to run an apt update, ensuring your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Mirage

Mirage is available on Debian’s default repository, making the installation simple and quick.

In your terminal, use the following command to install.

sudo apt install mirage -y

How to Launch Mirage

Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in two ways.

Users with the command line terminal up launch the application using the following command.


For most desktop users, you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path.

Activities > Show Applications > Mirage


launch mirage debian 11 bullseye
launch mirage Debian 11 bullseye

Once open, you can begin using mirage for your images. The edit menu can crop and resize along with many other image customization options.


mirage debian 11 bullseye
mirage Debian 11 bullseye

How to Update/Upgrade Mirage

The following command can update the software and any system packages. Ideally, the terminal update command should be used even with auto-updates in your desktop GUI to ensure everything is updating correctly.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

How to Remove (Uninstall) Mirage

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

sudo apt autoremove mirage --purge -y

Note this command will remove all associated unused packages on your system to clean it as clean as possible, along with all data associated with Mirage.

Comments and Conclusion

If you’re looking for a fast, simple image viewer that can be accessed from the command line and also has some essential editing tools, Mirage is an excellent option to consider.


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