Imagine being able to scroll through your favorite images and watch them come alive on screen or view a slideshow of all the best moments in life. Ristretto is an innovative image viewer that allows you to scroll through images and view them in a slide show. You can also open multiple files with other applications like your computer’s built-in photo editor or use it as wallpaper on its own!
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Ristretto Image Viewer on Fedora 36 Linux using the Fedora default repository or alternative flatpak installation manager for those that require the latest released version.
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Update Fedora Linux
The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Install Ristretto Image Viewer – DNF Method
For most users, the easiest way to install the software is to utilize the Fedora repository using the DNF package manager; given that Fedora focuses on the latest releases every six months and often, during that time, releases even more updates, you are generally on the latest if not one version behind in most cases making it desirable instead of using alternative package managers.
Install Ristretto using the following DNF install command.
sudo dnf install ristretto -y
Install Ristretto Image Viewer – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager installed on Fedora-based systems. The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version. However, with distributions such as Fedora or similar types that focus on the latest packages, the significant advantage is often not as substantial or not present. However, still, this is the user’s discretion in choosing.
First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.
Now install using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.xfce.ristretto -y
How to Launch Ristretto Image Viewer
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in two ways.
In your terminal type, use the following command.
If you want to launch and use the terminal, send the process to the background to continue using the terminal.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:
flatpak run org.xfce.ristretto
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.
Activities > Show Applications > Ristretto Image Viewer
Once open, you can begin using your Ristretto to organize your media into slideshows. The GUI is straightforward, allowing you to manage your media without much fuss at any skill level.
How to Update/Upgrade Ristretto Image Viewer
Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to 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.
DNF Update Method
sudo dnf update --refresh
Flatpak Update Method
How to Remove (Uninstall) Ristretto Image Viewer
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
DNF Remove Method
sudo dnf autoremove ristretto -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.xfce.ristretto -y
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Ristretto on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop.
If you’re in the market for a versatile and easy-to-use image viewer, Ristretto is an excellent option. The application has a small footprint, making it quick to load and easy to navigate. It also includes some handy features like the ability to scroll through images quickly or open them with other applications. So if you’re looking for an uncomplicated way to view your photos and graphics files, be sure to check out Ristretto!