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Description Image browser
Author Mathias Dahl
Maintainer name of maintainer
Part of Emacs yes

Image-dired is a facility for browsing, organizing and tagging image files. It provides viewing the images either as thumbnails or in full size, either inside Emacs or through an external viewer.


Image-dired was first known as tumme. It is part of emacs since version 22.1.

You need ImageMagick for thumbnails creation and image manipulation.


M-x image-dired

and choose a directory with images.

Alternatively, you can mark the image files you want to look at in the Dired buffer, using m as usual. Then type C-t d (image-dired-display-thumbs). This creates and switches to a buffer containing image-dired, corresponding to the marked files.


  • From thumbnail buffer, mark, unmark and flag files in associated dired buffer.
  • Tracking of movements in thumbnail buffer and mirroring of those movements in dired buffer, and the other way around.
  • From thumbnail buffer, view thumbnail’s original image in external viewer or, automatically resized, in an Emacs buffer
  • Rotate thumbnail images.
  • Comment and tag support (writing, reading, marking by tag).
  • Lossless rotation of JPEG files using jpegTRAN.
  • Generation of a simple, static image gallery.
  • Supports browing of all images types that Emacs and ImageMagick supports.
  • Functions to write and extract EXIF comments using Exiftool.
  • Configurable thumbnail storage (per-directory or in a central location)
  • Because it is based on dired, you can do further file manipulation and image processing by using ‘dired-do-shell-command’.

A good picture is worth a good example :

Recommended reading


User editing tags with image-dired:


See also

emacs-imagex: zoom, rotate, maximize

The package emacs-imagex makes it easy to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, maximize and save the image.