- MComix README -
=== About =====================================================================
MComix is a user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically
designed to handle comic books (both Western comics and manga) and supports a
variety of container formats (including CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT, LHA and PDF).
MComix is a fork of Comix. It is written in Python and uses GTK+ through the
=== Installation ==============================================================
Run "python2 setup.py install" as root. This will install MComix in the
site-packages folder of Python. An executable "mcomix" will be placed in
In order to install MComix in another base directory, use the --prefix option.
The option --user explicitly installs MComix in the user's home directory,
which does not need root access.
# python2 setup.py --prefix /usr install
As an example of how to install MComix from the downloaded tar.gz file, run
as the root user (via su or sudo):
# tar -xzf mcomix-x.y.tar.gz
# cd mcomix-x.y
# python2 setup.py install
If you don't want to install MComix in some system directory, you can just
execute the file mcomixstarter.py in the unpacked MComix directory to
run the program. You could also create a symlink somewhere in your PATH
pointing to this file.
The above example will not install icons, desktop integration, the
man page, or other optional files normally placed into /usr/share. To do so,
setup.py must be called with a additonal options:
# python2 setup.py install --single-version-externally-managed \
--prefix /usr --root / --record mcomix-files.txt
This sort of installation is only recommended for advanced users, as no
simple uninstall procedure exists of yet. All files belonging to MComix will
be written into mcomix-files.txt, and must be removed manually when MComix
is to be uninstalled.
=== Dependencies ==============================================================
MComix needs Python 2.5, Setuptools 0.6, PyGTK 2.12 and Pillow (Python
Imaging Library Fork) 2.2.1 or newer to function.
To use the library you need pysqlite (which is usually included in the
standard library for Python 2.5 and later).
You also need either the "unrar" or the "rar" program installed if you wish
to read RAR (.cbr) archives.
Alternatively, MComix can use libunrar from Rarlab. Place libunrar.so (or
unrar.dll on Win32) either in the system's standard library path (/usr/lib
or C:\Windows\system32), or directly in MComix' root directory when run
without having first installed MComix.
To read 7Zip archives, you need to have the "7z" program installed. Likewise,
"lha" is needed to open LHA/LZA archives. Note that "7z" can be used as
substitute for both "unrar" and "lha", but extraction of Unicode filenames
on Windows will be broken in that case.
To read PDF files, MComix can use the tools provided by MuPDF, namely
mutool and mudraw.
=== Credits ===================================================================
Thanks to everyone who have contributed translations, suggestions, bug
reports, fixes and donations!
Icons with a filename starting with "gimp" are taken from The GIMP, and
icons with a filename starting with "tango" are taken from the Tango Desktop
Project. Most other icons are made by Victor Castillejo, creator of the
GNOME-Colors icon theme.
=== Contact ===================================================================
Lead Developer: Louis Casillas <firstname.lastname@example.org>