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Irfan View is a compact and powerful photo editing program that gives you the tools to touch up and add effects to your photos. You can set images as your desktop wallpaper directly from the app, and put the finishing touches on all your photos with just a few clicks.


Convenient help: When you open Irfan View for the first time, a Web page also opens displaying a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the app. The information found here can help you navigate just about any process or situation you encounter when using the app. You can access this page again at any time from the Help menu.

Hot key configurations: Also in the Help menu, you'll find a listing of all of the preset hot keys the program contains. This list is extensive and covers just about every operation Irfan View can carry out. So once you learn the hot keys for your favorite operations, you'll be breezing through editing projects in no time.


Some limitations: With all of the functions this app provides for editing and manipulating images, it would be nice if it was possible to undo more than a single layer or to preview certain changes before you make them.

Drop-down navigation: There are multiple tools lined up across the top of the main app interface for easy access, but these mostly have to do with opening, saving, and similar operations. For all types of photo editing tools, you have to access the drop-down Image menu above the toolbar. This aspect of the interface requires more steps than we'd like, but once you learn hot keys for your most-used features, it won't be such a limitation.

Bottom Line

Overall, this is a great free program for photo editing, viewing, converting, and for slideshow creation. It works fast, and its super-streamlined installation process means you'll be editing photos before you know it.

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5 stars

"A must have!"

September 20, 2016  |  By adinardo

2016-09-20 12:09:15  |  By adinardo

 |  Version: IrfanView 4.42


This is a great little FREE program which does more than some of the paid one's I've tried.


very fast and easy on the memory

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5 stars

"I Don't Know What I Would Do - Without IrfanView"

April 22, 2016  |  By otony10

2016-04-22 20:38:07  |  By otony10

 |  Version: IrfanView 4.42


Not a memory hog
Not a processor hog
Not a space hog
Never crashes, ever
Loads any type of Image file (with the plugins)
Plays audio files (I use it for playing mp3's mostly)
Plays most video files (though it's not my primary video player)
Opens .pdf files (I edit them with this program too)
It's easy to figure out
There's so many PRO's I can't list everything here - just try it
AND IT'S FREE - no ads, no included crapware forced on you


The only thing that could be improved -maybe- is the "paint" function. Even tho it's a bit "light-weight", (it is simple and I use it alot). If I think of any con I would say it here, but after years of use I am *never* disappointed by this software. It always seems to work well for whatever I want it to do.


I don't think you can find a better, more versatile or easy to use program that is as good as IrfanView. It is updated frequently- always adding new features. It is well maintained. I realize that I would be totally lost on the computer without this software. It is so much more than an image viewer, it does a little bit of everything and does it very well. Just try it !!

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5 stars

"The best viewer I know."

April 18, 2016  |  By jan-77

2016-04-18 08:13:07  |  By jan-77

 |  Version: IrfanView 4.42


Highly customizable.


I don't know any.


Highly recommended.

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5 stars


March 23, 2016  |  By rmblnrd69

2016-03-23 22:29:43  |  By rmblnrd69

 |  Version: IrfanView 4.42


Easily one of the fastest editors for photos


I can;t say anything bad about it!


I have recommend this program to everyone I know

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.42
  • New File menu: Save Selection as (Hotkey: CTRL + SHIFT + B)
  • New option in Capture dialog: Show timer countdown
  • New option in Export Tiles dialog: Extract all pages from multipage files
  • New option in Fine Rotation dialog: Select "best" old image
  • New option in Print dialog: No image overflow on page
  • New HTML-Export dialog option: Copy extra files to destination folder
  • (prepare a "copy_files.txt" file with filenames)
  • Some PCX/BMP/PPM loading bugs fixed (thanks to Moshe Kaplan)
  • Improved FITS format loading
  • New text pattern: $R = image aspect ratio (width/height)
  • New hotkey: CTRL + Click into selection = clear selection
  • Some minor fixes (Thumbnails/folder scan)
  • Some workarounds for Windows-10 bugs/issues (Installer signature, Associations)
  • Several PlugIns are changed/updated, please install the newest versions
Publisher Irfan Skiljan
Publisher web site
Release Date March 10, 2016
Date Added March 10, 2016
Version 4.42
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.03MB
File Name iview442_setup.exe
Total Downloads 79,603,060
Downloads Last Week 34,146
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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