JIBS – Java Image Browser & Sorter

A full-featured Java Image Viewer!
A full screen slide show!
Creates thumbnail indexes/contact sheets!
It’s like a combination of Microsoft Photo and File Explorer…

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Contact Sheets

  • Preview, save & print thumbnails sheets of you pictures
  • You select the size of the thumbnails


  • Easily switch the view directory
  • Several options for viewing files
  • See the directories you have to sort among
  • See file count for each directory
  • Create, rename, delete directories
  • Scroll through directory with large resized picture
  • Drag pictures to correct directory
  • View file list of directory while scrolling through it
  • Drag files from the file list to the sorted directory
  • Move or copy the file
  • Rename single files
  • Prepend words to the names of a group of files
  • Especially useful for camera downloads. For example, prepend “soccer” to a group files creating soccerP00001.jpg from P00001.jpg
  • Drag & Drop works with native file systems

Slide Shows

  • Run Slide Shows in Full-Screen mode
  • Automatically resizes pictures down to fit screen
  • Use key board to control manual slide shows
  • Go forward one picture with the space bar, down arrow, right arrow
  • Go backward one picture with up arrow, left arrow
  • Go forward/backward 10% with page down/up
  • Go to beginning/end with home/end
  • Use Mouse wheel to go forward and backward
  • Automatically flip pictures at an adjustable interval
  • Manual controls continue to work during automatic flipping
  • Easy to see data recorded with picture (camera type, date taken, etc.)

Group Actions

  • Remove duplicate pictures within a directory or across directories
  • Rename camera files with their date and time. Downloads from cameras are typically named something like P00001.jpg This will rename the file to something like 2003.12.27-18.09.16.jpg giving the exact date and time the picture was taken, formatted to sort correctly in file listings. Works by reading the time and date information recorded when the picture was taken.


  • Runs on any platform supporting Java
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Mac

Why create JIBS?

It started as a way to learn Java a long, long time ago (1998!). Then it evolved to deal with whatever frustrations I had with other image viewers:

  • I could not control the slide show.  JIBS lets you go forwards or backwards at your own pace.
  • It was difficult for me to see the thumbnails. JIBS is thumbnail free.
  • There was no easy way to rotate my camera shots from vertical to horizontal.  JIBS does this with one-click from the main screen as you page down you picture list.  This is much better than trying to you your typical image editor.
  • When I downloaded pictures from the Internet, I got lots of duplicates.  JIBS will remove duplicates.
  • When I download multi-part files, I had no easy way to reassemble them.  JIBS provides a special utility for this.

Some of these are not such a big deal with the current capabilities of Windows, but JIBS still has great sorting features.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change the directories?

Select Tools > Settings… from the menu. The settings tab screen will allow you to change JIBS directories.

What is the Green Screen?

If Java can not understand the picture it is attempting to load, you get a green screen indicating that the file failed to load.

Can JIBS be used for a continuous slide show when it starts?

Yes. SelectTools > Settings… from the menu.

  1. Select either (a) Start with Last Viewed Directory or (b) Start with View Directory and delect a View Directory.
  2. Select Start Full Screen (requires directory at start up).
  3. Select Start show immediately when going to full screen mode.
  4. Select Continous Loop.
  5. Adjust your Show Speed (milliseconds). 3,000 is recommended which will cause each slide to be shown for three seconds.
  6. If you want your picture to grow to fill the screen, select Blow Up and the set the Maximum Times the picture can be grown. The picture will not be grown larger than the screen.

The slide show readjusts the display list each time it cycles, so if you change the list externally (for example, by FTP), JIBS will reflect the changes.

JIBS shrinks my pictures in when sorting. Can I see the pictures full size?

Yes. Select View > No Resize.