Dippi Linux app – Find out if your Display is HiDPI or LoDPI

Do you want to find out what is the DPI (Dot per inch) of your Linux display including the Aspect ratio? Then there is a simple app called Dippi.

If you have a monitor or planning to buy a new one for gaming but are not sure whether it is HiDPI or LoDPI, then we can find that using a simple open-source application known as Dippi.

What is the Dippi app?

Dippi is a GTK4 open-source application to analyze the display Aspect ratio, DPI along with other display-related information. It is available to install using Flatpak for any Linux distro such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Alamalinux, Mx Linux, Manjaro, etc.

This tool is a great way to find out which external monitor or Laptop display you should go for or planning to buy if you want HiDPI in it. HiDPI stands for High Dots Per Inch and LoDPI means Low Dot per Inch.

Well, it doesn’t matter if you have a 14-inch display or 6.5 inches, both can be HiDPI or LoDPI. DPI refers to how many dots are there per inch which further decides how clear the text or image will appear on your screen. Hence, a mobile display can be HiDPI and a laptop LCD can be Low DPI, size doesn’t matter here.

Dippi can find out whether a display is Very Low DPI;  Fairly Low DPI; Ideal for LoDPI; Potentially Problematic; Ideal for HiDPI; Fairly High for HiDPI, or Too High DPI. The project source code is available on GitHub.

Apart from finding out whether the display you are choosing is good or bad on the basis of its size and resolution; the software also gives advice about different densities. You can also differentiate between laptops and desktop displays using it.

How to install Dippi on Linux

As I said, the developers of Dippi allow it to install using Flatpak, hence we can install use this app on any popular Linux operating system. The only thing the system must have is the Flatpak:

Install Flatpak

On Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

sudo apt install flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

On RedHat/Oracle/AlamLinux/Rocky

sudo yum install flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

For Manajro

Flatpak is already enabled in Manajro systems.

If you are using some other Linux then check out the setup steps given on the official Flatpak page.

find HiDPI or Low DPI on Linux using Dippi

Reboot your system

Don’t forget to restart your system after installing Flatpak for its proper integration into your system.

Install Dippi on Linux such as Ubuntu

Now, we have already Flatpak, use its single command to install the Dippi application on Ubuntu or whatever Linux system you are using.

flatpak install flathub com.github.cassidyjames.dippi

How to use Dippi to find HiDPI or Low DPI

  1. Go to Applications and run the Dippi Linux app.
  2. Now, select which type of Display you have – Laptop or Desktop.
  3. Enter the size of the Display; measure it diagonally, if you don’t know.
  4. Now, provide the highest resolution you are using currently on your display.
  5. Dippi will automatically tell you whether the Display is Low DPI or High DPI.

With the result, the software will also let you know as per the DPI whether the text and UI that appear on the display will be too small to view for a typical viewing distance or not.  You will also have the Aspect ratio, and total DPI available for the given resolution, information.

How to find DIPI on Linux
Ideal for LoDPI
Ideal for HiDPI
Failry high for HiDPI
Too High DPI

How to Uninstall Dippi

Maybe after some time, you won’t require the Dippi app on your Linux system. At that time we can remove it from our system, here is the Flatpak command that you need to follow:

flatpak remove --delete-data com.github.cassidyjames.dippi

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