Photo viewer for HEIC (Apple) Photos?

So I did what I needed to in order to install gthumb 3.12.2 because I already had gthumb and had read that there was support for HEIC built into 3.12.

However when I open a file it just displays a little mountain icon in the center with the file name underneath as did my previous version of gthumb.

I don’t know if I am missing something with getting that to work, or if I should just try a different image viewer. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

Hmm … looking at the news upstream there is no mention of heic but it does mention heif which is in the default jammy version … is that what you are referring to?

This is a somewhat decent laymans description. If you get a ways down it explains the HEIF HEIC connection.

They do however make a funny typo of Lice photos instead of Live lol.

Like many things Apple, I do not find this to be actually true in practice outside the apple ecosystem. What I find is that some of the photos are .jpg and some are .heic and the live photos are .MOV videos when pulled from the device.

So the apple devices do not capture and store all their images in .heic / .heif when set to do so. But they do store some. I did not realize they were set this way even until I went pulling data copies when we started the phone changing process.

Anyways, I cannot view any of the images that I have pulled that are .heic extension with gthumb. Also same thing with image viewer/eye of gnome. It makes me think I am missing some support package maybe since I am still in 20.04 LTS

Does installing this package help?


If gthumb doesnt work then try eog when the above package is installed.

I installed it. Same thing

Haven’t tried too much because I had to install 20.04 last night, but early findings…. Following the steps given, opening .heic files is sporadic. Like if I browse the device directly, gthumb works fine. If I copy the files to the pc, gthumb is very hit-or-miss as to whether it opens them. Some it opens fine, most are broken images. Installing the package @fossfreedom mentioned made no difference, and installing libheif mentioned somewhere else also had no effect.

On 22.04, .heic images work correctly out of the box. Only issue is if you edit an image using gthumb, it can’t be saved as .heic. But gthumb and Nemo thumbnails work.

Still playing around though…

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Sounds like a good excuse to make time to upgrade to 22.04

I don’t remember my last upgrade. If I upgraded from 20.04 instead of clean install, would I have to redo all the customization I did? I can’t remember now. Been some years.

Does not Gimp support heic format ?
It’s v2.10.18 in 20.04 so too old for heic but you may upgrade to 2.10.32 using this ppa.
It’s v2.10.30 in 22.04 - or you may upgrade with same ppa.

Absolutely avoid snap package of gimp : many things don’t work as expected with it ( thumbnails ) and is often a bit late.

Gimp team « officially » provides its work through flatpak.