deb-gview - GNOME viewer for .deb package files and contents
displays Debian control information, devscript details and
details of the files that would be installed (names, sizes and locations).
Files within the package can be viewed within the package or externally.
accepts package files on the command line to support the 'open'
command in various file managers, one window for each package. Individual
views can be closed independently or simultaneously using 'Quit'.
Packages do not need to be installed to be viewed. Packages do not need to be
suitable for installation, e.g. a foreign architecture.
Package files and .changes files can be viewed from local and remote
When loading .changes files, deb-gview
will load each referenced package
in a new window. When opening a .changes file from the deb-gview
toolbar, the original window is not changed.
When opening Debian packages files from the deb-gview
package data will replace the current window data.
deb-gview [ OPTIONS
One or more Debian package files (.deb) to
preload or a .changes file referencing various package files.
Individual package files or a set of packages referenced in a .changes file can
be viewed from local and remote filesystems.
See also gtk-options (7).
X display to use
Show help options
has migrated to the XDG specification for config files and uses
a dot-file in your XDG config directory (default: ~/.config/deb-gview/preview)
to specify which applications should be used to preview files from the
package. You are free to edit this file, deb-gview will not modify it,
although the defaults will be replaced if the file is deleted.
Any previous config in ~/.deb-gview/preview will be moved into the new file but
the ~/.deb-gview directory will be preserved - feel free to delete it once any
other files are moved to the new location.
The first matching pattern will be used, so put the most general wildcards (like
*) at the end of this file.
The first group contains two deb-gview
default settings. 'terminal'
determines which application to use for viewers that need a terminal. You may
want to change this to gnome-terminal
from the rather
default. 'execute_command' specifies the command to pass
to the terminal application to load an external command within the terminal.
Most terminal emulators support '-e' for this command.
Subsequent group names need to be unique but have no other meaning to
: glob-style pattern to match the location of the file in the
package (not the filesystem).
: the program to call to view the file content (which must exist in
your system PATH).
: whether to start the viewer in a terminal, TRUE or FALSE.
: whether the viewer requires the content as a binary file,
TRUE or FALSE. Typically, image previews require a binary file.
: if the viewer needs a specific suffix, specify it here. Note
does not insist that the suffix of the temporary file
matches the suffix of the file within the package, it is up to you to ensure
that the suffix is suitable for the viewer you want to use. Leave blank for no
The defaults for file previews are:
# Your choice of terminal application.
was written by Neil Williams <email@example.com>.
This manual page was written by Neil Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
is a native Debian package and bugs should be reported using
the reportbug tool. Reports can be found on the Debian bug tracking system for
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
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A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
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