Sven Boekhoff, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen
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Install IrfanView on Linux

The following work sequence shows you how to install the freeware image viewer "Irfanview" ( This website is available in english and german) on Linux. The reported problems with the installation are all referred to the installer that requires a certain Windows DLL file. If you have a access to a Windows PC on wich IrfanView is installed, you can also copy the IrfanView folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\IrfanView) to the particular wine folder (e.g. /home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/IrfanView/)

  1. Install "wine" on your system.
  2. Get the file "mfc42.dll" from the folder "C:\windows\system32" of a running Windows system.
  3. Copy this file to the analogous wine folder "/home/username/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32".
  4. Download the setup file (e.g. iview400_setup.exe) for IrfanView ( This website is available in english and german)
  5. Click with the right mouse button on the downloaded file and choose the option "Open with 'wine'"

    Image of the context menue for Windows executables

  6. When the installation is completed you can start Irfanview by using the following commandline:
    wine "C:/Program Files/IrfanView4/i_view32.exe"

  7. To create a starter for IrfanView on your Desktop choose the option "Create Launcher" in the context menue and use the commandline from above as the command:

    Image of the dialogue for creating a new Launcher

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