XnConvert is a fast and powerful image converter. You can easily rotate, compress and apply more than 80 operations to your images.

When you think of Linux, you probably think of free or open source software. Although the distributions using the Linux kernel are widely installed with free software, sometimes we may feel the need to do the work we want to do with a simpler, command-line-free interface, with a tool like XnConvert, which we will explain in this article.

The XnConvert application is a very old batch image processing application that dates back to 1991. There is a Linux version as well as Windows and Mac OS. There are many image processing programs developed by the company, and those who are wondering to their sites they can take a look and test it.

Why did I need the XnConvert app?

I had to adapt the more than 10 images that had been on the air for 5.000 years and had worked several times with very different image sizes and were now inconsistent, to the new image size we used on the site. In addition, we have updated the site and the old (mostly JPG) versions of the images are still using the same name. WEBP extension copies had to be made. “How can I do these two operations in the easiest way?” I came across XnConvert software while searching on the internet.

Preliminary explanation about the XnConvert license

XnConvert does not charge for end-user usage. It requests commercial corporate users to contribute to the development of the software, albeit a small amount, financially. You can accept its license as Freeware.

How to install XnConvert?

Since XnConvert is a proprietary/licensed product, it is not generally available in the repositories of Linux distributions. A version for Flatpak is seen on Flathub, but I prefer to ignore it because there is no current version. On the software's own site (https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/#downloadsIt is possible to access the .deb package of the software packaged for Debian and derivative distributions at . You will need to choose the 64-bit version, as most Linux distributions use a 64-bit version.

Let's start by downloading the DEB package from XnConvert

The current version appears to be 21.7 MB for now. After downloading the file, simply click on the package. Clicking on the package will open the installation page. We can click Download and install the package.

Change image size with XnConvert

We may have felt the need to change the size of the pictures for many reasons. Images are usually adapted to smaller sizes. Although vice versa is possible, quality loss in enlarged images (SVG derivative vector graphics) is a common problem.

We want to process images, but there are no images in our newly installed virtual machine. We immediately download some pictures from the Internet. Of course, you can also use your personal pictures on your computer, but I downloaded a free site (for example).https://unsplash.com) I'm downloading a few pictures at random.

For XnConvert we download some images from the internet.

The XnConvert application was installed and took its place under the menu Graphics. Now we can run the application.

We are running the XNConvert application.

If you are using Turkish as your operating system, the program will automatically detect it and probably open in Turkish. XnConvert usually comes with sufficient Turkish support, despite a few translation shortcomings.

Firstly Entry Two buttons at the bottom left of the screen attract our attention. The first of these is the add file button, the second is the add folder button. We choose according to the process we will do and select the pictures on which we want to process. To get more detailed information, I choose the list view from the above view types.

We have an image with different format/format, extension, width and size. grubyou have

Tasks We switch to tab. From here we can choose to apply many tasks on selected images.

For example, we can resize the image first and then apply the task of adding a watermark. Or we can add some captions to the pictures.

Since it is very common, I decide to do the image resizing process. I click the Add Task button. From the small window that opens, I select Picture and then Resize.

The program presents us with various ready-made options in the left panel and the preference depending on these options. We customize the preferences according to our needs. I choose to use the settings in the screenshot.

Resizing with XnConvert

The program offers us previews of the before and after images on the right panel. A feature that can be useful in some situations.

Batch conversion

Output Switch to tab.

Here are various necessary options regarding the output file. For example, we can choose what the name of the new file will be, or we can choose the destination folder different from the source folder. We can manage many options such as what to do if there is a file with the same name and many more from this tab. I personally prefer to write the files in the source folder for easy comparison.

Now that we've arranged many options, we're ready to trade. We click on the translate button in the lower right corner of the application and the translation process begins. At this stage, the Status tab also becomes active and informs us about the transactions.

We can now go to our source directory to review the results and different.

The result is incredible. Our original file, which was 5 MB, has decreased to 192 KB in its new form. Likewise, the new sizes of other files are too small to fit into a single e-mail attachment.

Last word

XnConvert can perform 80 different tasks according to the information on its site. It can read 500 image formats and export them in 70 different file formats. Unfortunately, discovering all your talents is not something that can be achieved with a few articles. It is up to you to discover the feature that will work for you by trial and error method.