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Version: 261197 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


gnuift --- GNU Image Finding Tool - index and search images by content


This manual page documents briefly the gnuift and gift-* commands.

This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

The GIFT (the GNU Image-Finding Tool) is a Content Based Image Retrieval System (CBIRS). It enables you to do Query By Example on images, giving you the opportunity to improve query results by relevance feedback. For processing your queries the program relies entirely on the content of the images, freeing you from the need to annotate all images before querying the collection.

The GIFT comes with a tool which lets you index whole directory trees containing images in one go. You then can use the GIFT server and its client, to browse your own image collections.

The GIFT is an open framework for content-based image retrieval. We explicitly have taken into account the possibility of adding new ways of querying to the framework. Our communication protocol for client-server communication, MRML, is XML based and fully documented ( This aims at promoting code reuse among researchers and application developers.

The current version of the GIFT can be seen in action at

The GIFT (ex Viper) is the result of a research effort at the Vision Group at the CUI (computer science center) of the University of Geneva (see This cutting-edge research has been the subject of several publications and conference talks. Details can be found at


The gnuift-doc package contains reference manuals, configuration hints and further information.


This manual page was written by Robert Jordens for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2. On Debian systems, the full text of this license can be found in the file /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2.

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