I have folders containing a large amount of SVG images. A quick look up is not an option when using software like Adobe Illustrator. What I am looking for is a tool for simply viewing the files.

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    You could use Inkscape's Open File dialog, which shows a preview image whenever you select a file in that dialog. This is obviously not the most comfortable option, so I just leave this as a comment.
    – ComFreek
    Apr 5, 2016 at 17:14
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    Found this question while searching for an SVG viewer in 2022. Looks like it is still unanswered after 6 years since asking this question. Apr 29, 2022 at 1:42
  • On Linux with Gnome 3 Graphical desktop I use the Nautilus standard file manager, which can display previews of all SVGs in a folder, in a grid-view, as large tiles, where I zoom out with CTRL - . Viewer "Geeqie" also works well. But not for Image-Sprites
    – knb
    Jul 12, 2022 at 9:46

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You could use ImageMagick from the command line to view the images or to create a contact sheet like preview of the contents of each directory, with captions such as the file names and you can do so in a number of output formats including a clickable html preview file.

Lots of options and control available here using the montage command but one example would be:

convert 'vid:../img_photos/*.svg' svg_index.html

ImageMagick is a command line image manipulation utility suit that is:

  • Free, Gratis & Open Source
  • Cross Platform, Windows/OS-X/Linux
  • Can read and write images in a variety of formats (over 200) including PNG, JPEG, JPEG-2000, GIF, TIFF, DPX, EXR, WebP, Postscript, PDF, and SVG.
  • Can resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves.
  • Has bindings for a number of programming and scripting languages.
  • ImageMagick is a nice tool, but for this case it is not really handy. Apr 6, 2016 at 8:50
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    To make it support transparent images, use -background none Oct 3, 2020 at 14:25

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