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displays an image or image sequence on any X server.


display [options] input-file

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Image Settings:
-antialias remove pixel-aliasing
-authenticate value decrypt image with this password
-backdrop display image centered on a backdrop
-channel type apply option to select image channels
-colormap type Shared or Private
-colorspace type alternate image colorspace
-comment string annotate image with comment
-compress type type of pixel compression when writing the image
-decipher filename convert cipher pixels to plain pixels
-define format:option
define one or more image format options
-delay value display the next image after pausing
-density geometry horizontal and vertical density of the image
-depth value image depth
-display server display image to this X server
-dispose method layer disposal method
-dither method apply error diffusion to image
-endian type endianness (MSB or LSB) of the image
-equalize perform histogram equalization to an image
-filter type use this filter when resizing an image
-format "string" output formatted image characteristics
-fuzz distance colors within this distance are considered equal
-geometry geometry preferred size and location of the Image window
-gravity type horizontal and vertical backdrop placement
-identify identify the format and characteristics of the image
-immutable displayed image cannot be modified
-interlace type type of image interlacing scheme
-interpolate method pixel color interpolation method
-label string assign a label to an image
-limit type value pixel cache resource limit
-loop iterations loop images then exit
-map type display image using this Standard Colormap
-matte store matte channel if the image has one
-monitor monitor progress
-page geometry size and location of an image canvas
-profile filename add, delete, or apply an image profile
-quality value JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level
-quantize colorspace reduce colors in this colorspace
-quiet suppress all warning messages
-regard-warnings pay attention to warning messages
-remote command execute a command in an remote display process
-repage geometry size and location of an image canvas (operator)
-sampling-factor geometry
horizontal and vertical sampling factor
-scenes range image scene range
-seed value seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers
-set property value set an image property
-size geometry width and height of image
-support factor resize support: > 1.0 is blurry, < 1.0 is sharp
-texture filename name of texture to tile onto the image background
-transparent-color color
transparent color
-treedepth value color tree depth
-update seconds detect when image file is modified and redisplay
-verbose print detailed information about the image
-visual type display image using this visual type
-virtual-pixel method
virtual pixel access method
-window id display image to background of this window
-window-group id exit program when this window id is destroyed
-write filename write image to a file

Image Operators:
-auto-orient automatically orient image
-border geometry surround image with a border of color
-clip clip along the first path from the 8BIM profile
-clip-path id clip along a named path from the 8BIM profile
-colors value preferred number of colors in the image
-contrast enhance or reduce the image contrast
-crop geometry preferred size and location of the cropped image
-despeckle reduce the speckles within an image
-edge factor apply a filter to detect edges in the image
-enhance apply a digital filter to enhance a noisy image
-extract geometry extract area from image
-flip flip image in the vertical direction
-flop flop image in the horizontal direction
-frame geometry surround image with an ornamental border
-gamma value level of gamma correction
-monochrome transform image to black and white
-negate replace each pixel with its complementary color
-raise value lighten/darken image edges to create a 3-D effect
-resample geometry change the resolution of an image
-resize geometry resize the image
-roll geometry roll an image vertically or horizontally
-rotate degrees apply Paeth rotation to the image
-sample geometry scale image with pixel sampling
-segment value segment an image
-sharpen geometry sharpen the image
-strip strip image of all profiles and comments
-trim trim image edges

Image Sequence Operators:
-coalesce merge a sequence of images
-flatten flatten a sequence of images

Miscellaneous Options:
-debug events display copious debugging information
-help print program options
-log format format of debugging information
-list type print a list of supported option arguments
-version print version information

In addition to those listed above, you can specify these standard X resources as command line options: -background, -bordercolor, -borderwidth, -font, -foreground, -iconGeometry, -iconic, -mattecolor, -name, -shared-memory, -usePixmap, or -title.

By default, the image format of ’file’ is determined by its magic number. To specify a particular image format, precede the filename with an image format name and a colon (i.e. ps:image) or specify the image type as the filename suffix (i.e. Specify ’file’ as ’-’ for standard input or output.

1 press to map or unmap the Command widget
2 press and drag to magnify a region of an image
3 press to load an image from a visual image directory


Copyright (C) 1999-2012 ImageMagick Studio LLC. Additional copyrights and licenses apply to this software, see file:///usr/share/doc/imagemagick/www/license.html or


The display program defaults to the X screen resolution. To display vector formats at their intended size, override the default resolution:

display -density 72 drawing.svg


The display program is a member of the ImageMagick(1) suite of tools. Use it to display an image or image sequence on any X server.

For more information about the display command, point your browser to file:///usr/share/doc/imagemagick/www/display.html or

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