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Pmxkcd Is a Simple XKCD Comic Viewer for the Linux Desktop

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Are you a fan of xkcd, the popular webcomic created by American cartoonist Randall Munroe? If so, today’s small app tip is aimed at you.

Pmxkcd (which stands for Poor Man’s XKCD) is a desktop XKCD webcomic viewer and downloader for Linux.

Its developer, ‘Bhikhu’, told us more in a quick e-mail:

“XKCD webcomics are very popular among linux users. I’ve created a simple application that let user download/view current XKCD comic.

It also let user download/view random XKCD webcomic. It uses the official XKCD api. It should work on many (most?) current linux systems as YAD is the only required dependency.”

Although this is not the first desktop Linux app to be built for this particular online comic — and I appreciate not everyone will see the benefit of using this over a web-browser — pmxkcd does a fantastic job of doing what it aims to: keeping things simple.

It lets you view and download the current XKCD webcomic, or view and download one at random — that’s it.

Keeping things beautifully simple and free off excess features means the app is dead simple to use:

  1. Install it
  2. Open it
  3. Press ‘Current’ to download and view the current comic
  4. Press ‘Random’ to download and view a random comic

The app downloads comics to the ~/Pictures/xkcd folder.

Install Poor Man’s XKCD Viewer on Ubuntu

Pmxkcd is free, open-source software and is distributed as source in a .zip folder. This can be downloaded from the Github project page:

Download pmxkcd comic source (.zip)

The source .zip role also contains an install script. Extract the  downloaded archive and run this to install.

Pmxkcd depends on Yet Another Dialog (yad), which is available to install from the Ubuntu archives:

Install YAD from Ubuntu Software Center