Ever wanted to figure out how to install Pix on Ubuntu 22.04 for seamless media management? Here’s our guide to getting it done.
Pix is an image management application based on the X-apps project. We will discuss the instructions for pix on the Ubuntu platform. But, before proceeding further, we will first briefly discuss the pix software.
What is Pix?
Pix is part of the X-apps project. The primary objective of the X-apps project is to produce cross-distribution and cross-desktop software. The pix software is an image viewer with a range of features. It was initially developed for Linux Mint and is available for distribution flavors. Following is a snapshot of the software:
Features of pix software
Following are the essential features of pix:
- It is both a browser and an image viewer.
- It shows the thumbnails of the images while browsing your disk.
- You can also scan your file system using the software.
- The thumbnails are saved in the same database as used by Nautilus.
- It can be used to view animated images.
- It supports viewing a range of image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, TGA, ICO, XPM, etc.
- It also features a slide-show option.
- It also includes support for albums, cameras, and CD burning.
- There is optional support for raw and high dynamic range (HDR) images
- You can view EXIF data attached to JPEG images.
- You can perform different operations, such as changing image hue, saturation, lightness, and contrast.
- You can also adjust image colors, such as color manipulation.
- Different transformations, such as rotating and scale, can be applied to images.
- You can save images in various formats, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and TGA.
Now, we will discuss the installation instructions for pix. There are two approaches we will discuss for the installation of pix software. It can be installed directly from the Ubuntu repository. Alternatively, it can be built from the source. Follow the steps below for installation.
How to Install Pix on Ubuntu 22.04 from Repository
The Ubuntu PPA contains various app packages along with pix. This includes:
- xed – a text editor based on pluma,
- xplayer – a media player based on Totem,
- xviewer – an image viewer based on Eye of GNOME,
- xreader – a document reader based on Atril
Following are the steps for installing pix software from the Ubuntu repository.
Add the repository
The very first step is to open your terminal and type the following command to add the repository:
$sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/xapps
Note: To open your Terminal, use the shortcut key “Ctrl + Alt + T”.
Update your package cache
Then, update your package cached with the help of the following command:
$sudo apt update
Install the desired packages
After adding the repository and updating your package cached, you can install running the following command on your Terminal:
$sudo apt install pix xed xplayer xviewer xreader
Here, you can skip any package you don’t want to install, such as xplayer”, xviewer or xreader. When prompted, type “Y” and press “Enter” to install the software.
The uninstallation of pix software is quite simple. First, remove the ppa by using the following command:
$sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:savoury1/xapps
Now remove the pix and other software by running the following command:
$sudo apt remove --autoremove pix xed xplayer xviewer xreader
Installation of pix from source
We will now discuss the installation instructions for pix from the source.
Update your system
The first step is to open your terminal and type the following command to update your system:
$sudo apt update
$sudo apt upgrade
Enable system code repositories
Now, enable system code repositories. For this purpose, open the apt repository file in your favorite editor. Use the following command:
$sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
You can also use the following command:
$sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/original.list
When you open the file, you will see several entries like the following:
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy main restricted
Each of these entries corresponds to enabled repositories. For each of these entries, add a new line with deb changed to deb-source, such as:
$deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy main restricted
Now, save the changes you have made and close the editor. Use the following command to install some essential packages:
$sudo apt install git devscripts equivs
Download pix source code
Using the git software, download the pix source code. For this purpose, type the following command:
$git clone https://github.com/linuxmint/pix.git
When downloaded, a folder will be created in your current directory. Move to the folder by typing the following command:
Install the dependencies
Install all the dependencies using the following command:
$sudo mk-build-deps –ir
Note: Don’t forget to commit the installation.
Build the packages
The next step is to build the packages by using the following command:
When the packages are built, you can proceed to installation with the following command:
$sudo dpkg -i ../*.deb
After the installation, you can enjoy using the pix software.
Usage of pix
While the pix software is open, you can use the arrow key (left or right) to move through the images. In addition, you can also use the view previous image and view next image toolbar buttons. There are several menus where you can find further commands. For instance, you can rotate the image, resize the image, and convert the image into another format. You can also open the thumbnail pane and pix preferences. You can also obtain help with the tool from the help menu.
Troubleshooting common issues
One of the issues that may arise in pix is that software may crash; it may be unable to find pictures in the folder, and there may be issues in copying the file. In all these cases, try the following steps:
- Delete the files in
.config/pix et .local/share/pix.
- Uninstall the software, reboot, and reinstall,
In this article, we have discussed the installation instructions for pix software. It is an image viewer. We discussed the essential features of the software first. Then, detailed step-by-step installation instruction for pix is discussed.
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