In case you have a Linux system and want to view HEIC files, then read the article below that mentions multiple procedures to open a HEIC file on the Linux machines without any trouble. Apart from it, you will get to know about the essential aspects of HEIC files.
What is the HEIC File?
The complete form of HEIF or HEIC is a High-Efficiency Image File Container (in HEIF, “F” stands for format). It is a container format for an individual image and specific image sequences. HEIF is empowered by high-efficiency video compression (HEVC) codec and is also called h.265.
HEIF and HEVC are both developed by MPEG or Moving Picture Experts Group. According to the statistics of storage, Apple claims that HEIF with HEVC requires half of the storage with the quality like JPEG. It also supports animation and works well to store more information compared to any animated GIF or APG.
How to Open HEIC File on Linux?
Now we will consider multiple procedures with step-by-step procedures to open the HEIC file on Linux easily.
Heif-gdk-pixbuf is a package that one can use for viewing a HEIC file, and it is available in the Ubuntu repositories. For installing it in your system, use the following command:
After downloading the pack, if your image does not open in the image viewer, use Gpicview. Use the following command to download it:
Once you download all of the required files, then you can easily open and view the HEIC file on Linux.
Linux systems having Nautilus file manager will not support HEIC, so convert these images into JPEG format to view them.
To begin, download the libheif-examples package by using the following command in the terminal:
After executing the command, enter a password to install new software on the Linux machine. Now use the following command to convert the HEIC file into JPEG:
In the above command, XYZ is the name of that file, and eog is an image viewer Nautilus uses explicitly. In case you want to convert all of the HEIC files to JPEG files in the current directory, then use the following command:
Remember, it will convert all the HEIC files into JPEG files easily.
It was a complete detail on HEIC files and how you can easily open them on Linux without facing any error. As we have mentioned earlier, HEIC or HEIF is a widely used file format due to its compatibility and strength of occupying less space than other formats. The above-explained methods are tested on multiple Linux machines and specifically on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.