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Comix is an Awesome Comics Archive Viewer for Linux

Do you have a terrific collection of comics in electronic form but need a great app to view them with? If you have a Linux system then we have the perfect app for you…Comix, the open source comic reading powerhouse.

For our example we installed Comix on our Ubuntu 10.10 system. Just go to the Ubuntu Software Center and conduct a quick search. When you go to install Comix in the Ubuntu Software Center, make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and select Unarchiver for .rar files. The listing appears as a “non-free version” for some reason, but displays as free once selected. Odd, but nothing to worry about in the end…

Once Comix is installed you can find it in the Graphics Section of the Ubuntu Menu.

Comix also comes with a nice set of options to let you customize the app to best suit those important comic reading needs.

Here is a comprehensive list of the features this little comic reading powerhouse packs into one easy to use package:

  • Fullscreen mode, double page mode, fit-to-screen mode, zooming and scrolling, rotation and mirroring, magnification lens, changeable image scaling quality, image enhancement, can read right-to-left to fit manga, etc., caching for faster page flipping, bookmarks support, customizable GUI, archive comments support, archive converter, thumbnail browser, standards compliant, available in multiple languages (English, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, & German), reads “JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, ICO, XPM, & XBM” image formats, reads “ZIP & tar archives natively, RAR archives through the unrar program” runs on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and virtually any other UNIX-like OS, and more!

Have fun reading those comics on your favorite Linux system! Interested in learning more about Comix? Then be certain to drop by the homepage!

Comix Homepage

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/18/11

Comments (14)

  1. Squee

    Seriously, a programme that hasnt had a single update or bug fix in 2 years? There’s gotta be something better and newer out there. Dont really care though, gave up reading comics when I turned 12.

  2. AsianAngel

    @Squee – It may have been a bit since the last update but this app works oh so well…certainly much much better than anything I have ever found for Windows so far (for features, functionality, etc.). ^_^ Far too many viewers are just a bit too stripped down and bare-bones for my tastes. :(

    I have CDs full of these comics archives and love the fact I now have something that works just like it is supposed to oh so well…and looks great while doing it. ^_^ If there is “something better and newer out there”, then it is going to have to work really hard to even get my attention after using Comix. ^_^

  3. mushtaque

    I like it. I have Ubuntu 10.10 in my laptop.
    I will install it. I nver see application for
    comix .This is my first experience.
    Thankyou very much……..

  4. AsianAngel

    @mushtaque – You are very welcome. ^_^ I really love this app and hope that you enjoy using it as much as I do. ^_^

  5. javabean

    Non-Free in this context refers to the licenseing

    Quote::::: Packages must be placed in non-free if they are not compliant with the DFSG or are encumbered by patents or other legal issues that make their distribution problematic.

    ubuntu is based on debian….evidence via opening firefox(running ubuntu) goto bookmarks –> Ubuntu and Free Software Links see link titled::Debian (Ubuntu is based on Debian)

    thanks for talking about this great software….been using it since i switched to linux in ’06

  6. AsianAngel

    @javabean – Thanks for stopping in with the information regarding the licensing/pricing! That is very helpful for anyone who may have been wondering about the issue. ^_^

    You are very welcome. ^_^ Like you I absolutely adore Comix…it just fuels my desire to keep digging around for more and more great Linux software. ^_^

  7. javabean


    I am glad to help…..if you need anything you can contact me….but i would like to point out that while my loves are linux(debian-based) and anime/manga i can’t speak for either community….but i like helping others out…….and don’t feel bad i got confused by the free/non-free thing too when i started out

  8. AsianAngel

    @javabean – ^_^

  9. Canuck50

    Thank you for your review of Comix AsianAngel. I always respect your reviews and take heed of them. One question though. I have 2 Desktop and 1 Laptop that I use. I have ComicRack installed on my main computer that I use which is Windows 7 Home Premium. Would Comix be compatible with Windows? I only have Ubuntu on my spare computer as I am only now learning to use it. Again Thanks for your great reviews.

  10. AsianAngel

    @Canuck50- You are very welcome. ^_^ I appreciate the feedback and will certainly try my best to continue sharing cool, fun (and free!) software with everyone here. ^_^

    Comix is a Linux only software at this time unfortunately. :( Who knows though…maybe we will get lucky and it will be ported to Windows some day in the future. ^_^

    Also, so glad to hear that you are getting to dig into Ubuntu more too. Keep at it! ^_^

  11. nonosh

    For Windows users, I recommend CDisplayEX. It’s a solid reader for comics, and it is still being updated for Windows 7!

    From SourceForge:

    “CDisplayEx is a Comic reader based on CDisplay. It use the popular 7-zip plugins to read many archives types like cbr cbz cbt rar zip tar 7z lzh arj cab tar.gz tar.bz2. It supports jpeg png gif and bmp images.”

    Download here:

  12. Jim

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for a good viewer since I switched my main OS from Win 7 to Ubuntu.

  13. Lax

    Has anyone tried MangaMeeya? I’ve been using it with WINE under Crunchbang and it seems to work quite well.

    Just an alternative, I suppose.

  14. Bob

    If you like Comix and want some updates you might want to check out MComix, a fork of Comix with updates.

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