DjVu is a file format that is primarily used for storing scanned documents. In the following guide we will check how to open DjVu on Windows PC using 7 best electronic book readers.
DjVu is popular thanks to the high level of compression it offers — the same files in PDF format will take up much more space than one in DjVu. It’s not just scanned documents that can be kept in DjVu but plenty of eBooks can also be downloaded in this format. No doubt, the compact size of DjVu files is a huge advantage, however, it’s actually a bit problematic to open DjVu files since only specific programs can do that. Worries aside, we have reviewed how to open DjVu files using various free programs. Take a look and choose your perfect DjVu reader.
1. How to open DjVu with DjVuLibre DjView – open source cross-platform DjVu reader
Quick review: DjVuLibre is a lightweight reader that only takes up about 27MB of your computer’s space. The file’s pages can be previewed as thumbnails, and there’s an outline tab where you can browse by page numbers and by context. You can search content in the files by text, select and copy text and images, zoom in and out, invert luminance (night mode), and choose from three layout modes of the documents in this DjVu reader.
Step 1. Click the “Open” button to browse for the DjVu file to be opened on your PC in Windows Explorer. Alternatively, you can simply drop the file into this DjVu reader’s window.
Step 2. Your DjVu file is opened in DjVuLibre DjView.
2. AlfaReader – lightweight and fast eBook reader
Quick review: This DjVu reader is has a 7-days free trial with an option of a paid version. If you need to open multiple eBook formats, AlfaReader is a nice solution. It supports PDF, EPUB, MOBI, FB2, CBZ, CBR, DJVU, TXT, MP3, MB4 formats, has zooming features with automatic bookmarks saving and the intuitive hotkey use. You can also use this DjVu reader as an audiobook player if you wish.
Step 1. Drag and drop your file or multiple files to this reader.
Step 2. Enjoy your content in DjVu file format.
3. WinDjView – DjVu viewer supporting multiple export formats
Quick review: This free DjVu reader is really tiny in its size – just 3.3MB. For comfortable reading, the program offers zoom in and out options, and customization of the pages’ layout along with their rotation. Users can add bookmarks, select and search for text, export pages as PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and JPEG files, and use hotkeys.
Step 1. To open a DjVu file in WinDjView, drag and drop your file into the window of the program, or click the “Open” button to browse for a file using Windows Explorer.
Step 2. The file is successfully opened in WinDjView.
4. STDU Viewer – advanced DjVu reader
Quick review: STDU DjVu reader is a freeware that supports opening such formats as DjVu, PDF, TIFF, TXT, CBZ, CBR, BMP, JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PSD, EMF, WMF, XPS and TCR. With the compact size of just 4MB, the program offers plenty of advanced features for viewing files: navigation through the content, adding and navigating through bookmarks, searching and highlighting the text, customizing the layout and rotating pages, zooming in and out, and selecting text and images.
Step 1. Press the “Open” button to select a DjVu file to open using Windows Explorer or turn to the drag and drop mechanism.
Step 2. The DjVu is opened and ready to be read in STDU Viewer.
5. Okular – multiplatform DjVu reader
Quick review: Okular is a universal reader that opens multiple eBook formats such as ODT, Epub, DjVu, and others. This simple intuitive software has a sidebar with thumbnails of your uploaded files, and annotations or bookmarks to them. Zoom your pages in and out, add bookmarks, use Trim View to trim margins or trim to selection to make your reading process more comfortable.
Step 1. Find “File” in the left upper corner and click your DjVu to open it in Okular.
Step 2. Once it’s uploaded, you can read your content in Okular DjVu viewer
6. Sumatra PDF – free and well-known DjVu reader
Quick review: Sumatra is a free DjVu viewer that works with the following formats: DjVu, PDF, CBZ, CBR, ePub, Mobi, CHM and XPS. The size of the program is a bit less than 11MB. The program supports using hotkeys, zooming in and out, searching within the opened documents, pages rotation, selecting and copying the files’ parts, and adding pages to Favorites. Some layout settings are available as well.
Step 1. To open the DjVu file with Sumatra PDF, click the “Open a document…” button to browse for the file on your PC in Windows Explorer. The use of the drag and drop mechanism is available, too.
Step 2. The DjVu file is opened and is ready to be read.
7. Evince – cross-platform DjVu reader
Quick review: This free cross-platform DjVu file reader supports DjVu, PDF, TIFF, DVI, and PostScript documents but takes almost 76MB of your computer space. It supports pages rotation, inverted colors mode (night mode), zooming in and out, and navigation by page numbers. Full screen and presentation modes are also available.
Step 1. Click the “File” button to open the File menu options of the program.
Step 2. Press the “Open…” button to open the DjVu file by selecting it with the help of Windows Explorer. You can also drag and drop the file to the DjVu reader’s window.
Step 3. The DjVu file is successfully opened in Evince.
Now you know several easy ways of how to open DjVu files. The only remaining thing left is to simply select the best DjVu reader for your needs. If you’re a fan of eBooks in general and you also have ePub files, take a look at our review of the best ePub readers for Windows.