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How to view .cbr or .cbz files?


Comics have a “special” set of extensions to designate them as “comics”. CBR, CBZ and TAR files are comic archive files. A CBR file is the same as an RAR file, CBZ the same as a ZIP file, and CBT the same as a TAR file. The designations allow computers to associate comic reading software with files and allow other non-comic products to use the standard extensions.

These are free software image viewing programs designed specifically for reading digital comic book files, particularly those in .cbr and .cbz formats (and .rar and .zip formats, if they haven’t had their file extensions changed to .cbr and .cbz yet).


* CDisplay, the Windows Sequential Image Viewer for Windows by David Dayton.
Available here: http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay.html

* pixelComic, a skinnable comic book viewer written in C++.
Available here: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/pixelComic/1058250114/1

* CBViewer
Available here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cbviewer


* cbrPager: a simple comic pager for Linux (using GTK+)
Available here: http://www.jcoppens.com/soft/cbrpager/index.en.php

* QComicBook (using Qt)
Available here: http://freshmeat.net/projects/qcomicbook/

* Comical, the UNIX, Linux and MacOS X Sequential Image Viewer (using wxWidgets)
Available here: http://www.sketchyorigins.com/comics/forumdisplay.php?f=47

* Asparagino’s Comic Viewer
Available here: http://home.asparagine.net/software/comicviewer/

Mac OSX:

* FFView
Available here: http://www.feedface.com/projects/ffview.html

* Comic Book Viewer
Available here: http://gumby.misplacedmac.com/

* Jomic (written in Java, so should be cross-platform as well)
Availabe here: http://jomic.sourceforge.net/

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    Dave Doyle
    February 5, 2009 Reply

    On MacOSX you can also use Xee. http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/xee.html

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    February 5, 2009 Reply

    Thank you Dave :)

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    February 5, 2009 Reply

    Comix is a user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically designed to handle comic books, but also serves as a generic viewer. http://comix.sourceforge.net/

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    Moped Scooter
    June 5, 2009 Reply

    Hey there, I found your site a few days ago and have got through all the info steadily. I thought might make my firstpost. Not really sure what to write but anyway. Informative site. Will come back in a while to hear what else youve got to offer.

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    September 18, 2009 Reply

    You might give Comic Room a try it handles cbr and cbz. It is Windows only, free and runs on a 3d engine. http://sites.google.com/site/comicroom

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    Tech Maish
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Hmm This is very useful article.thanks

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    December 9, 2010 Reply

    Thanks dude, this was my friends looking for.

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    March 25, 2011 Reply

    thanks for sharing this! you might want to try opencbrfiles.com to open your cbr files.

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