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Awesome GIF

A curated list of awesome GIF resources.

A list of tools, scripts, libraries, examples & other resources related to the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).


General Tools


  • Gifgen - Simple high quality GIF encoding
  • Gifify - Convert any video file to an optimized animated GIF
  • Gifify (not the same) - convert screen recording into GIF
  • Gifsicle - lossy GIF compressor
  • Gifs - storage place for GIFs
  • Gifshot - create animated GIFs from media by Yahoo. (demo)
  • Gifsockets - Real Time communication library using Animated GIFs as a transport
  • X-gif - a web component for flexible GIF playback
  • GifW00t - javascript web recorder
  • gif-machine - GIF creation from Youtube videos
  • gifstreaming - Live video streaming server
  • Screengif - Create animated GIF screencasts
  • vnc-over-gif - Serves screen updates as animated GIF over http
  • gifdeck - Convert your SlideShares into animated GIFs
  • Gifbot - GIF search for Slack
  • Gif-camera - create animated GIFs using webcam
  • Gifline - Chrome extension to put GIFs in your emails
  • Gifdrop - Create a repository for your collection of gif images
  • Gh-gif - NodeGH plugin for commenting on pull requests/issues using GIF reactions
  • Tty2gif - record scripts and their outputs into both binary and GIF formats
  • Giftoppr - Sync your favourite GIFs with Dropbox
  • Gifit - Chrome extension to make a GIF from a YouTube video
  • Ccapture.js - Capture animations created with HTML5 canvas
  • Kap - Beautiful open-source app to capture your screen and export to GIF.
  • Gifit (the other one) - Get a search resulting giphy GIF in markdown in stdout, ala $ gifit kittens.
  • gifski - High-quality GIF encoder based on libimagequant.
  • Gifcurry - Open-source, Haskell-built editor for GIF makers.




  • Node-gif - C++ library to make GIF
  • Gif-h - C++ one-header library for the creation of animated GIFs
  • OfxGifEncoder - C++ openframeworks addon to export animated GIFs
  • msf_gif - C/C++ single-header library for creating animated GIFs


  • dot-screencap - A simple libary to record your screen and save it as animated GIF
  • WpfAnimatedGif - A simple library to display animated GIF images in WPF
  • XamlAnimatedGif - A simple library to display animated GIF images in XAML apps (WPF, WinRT, Windows Phone)
  • AnimatedGif - A high performance .NET library for reading and creating animated GIFs


  • Gif - Haxe GIF encoder



  • Gif.js - Javascript - create GIF from the DOM
  • Omggif - Javascript - GIF 89a encoder and decoder
  • Animated_GIF - Javascript library for creating animated GIFs
  • Gifffer JavaScript library that prevents the autoplaying of the animated GIFs
  • Gifplayer - jquery plugin to play and stop animated GIFs
  • Jsgif - JavaScript GIF parser and player
  • node-gify - Javascript convert videos to GIFs using ffmpeg and gifsicle
  • Gifencoder - Server side animated GIF generation for node.js
  • Gif-video - Javascript Convert a GIF image into an HTML5-ready video
  • Gif-player - On-demand GIF loader/player in Javascript
  • GifgifLab-face - Facial-emotion detectors
  • node-youtube - Youtube to snapshots and GIFs.


  • GifCreator - PHP class that creates animated GIF from multiple images
  • Spacer.gif - PHP script offering spacer.gif 1x1
  • GifFrameExtractor - PHP class that separates all the frames of an animated GIF



  • SwiftyGif - High performance & easy to use Gif engine
  • Gifu - animated GIF support for iOS in Swift
  • SwiftGif - UIImage extension with GIF support


  • Glyph - tool for generating seamlessly looping GIFs and cinemagraphs from videos
  • Qgifer
  • GIFs - Mac App for finding GIFs
  • VineGifR - Mac app to turn Vine videos into GIFs
  • GifPro - GIF encoder for Mac
  • AnimatedGif - Mac Screensaver for playing GIFs


  • Gfycat - Maximum GIF/video length: 15 seconds. Maximum file upload is 300Mb
  • Imgur - Maximum file upload is 50MB

Online Tools

  • Vid2gif - Video to GIF by imgur
  • EzGif - Online GIF maker and image editor
  • Giflr - A web app for making or remixing animated GIFs
  • - Provide a matching GIF for your face




Frames to GIF


ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg animated.gif


convert   -delay 20   -loop 0   frames*.png   animated.gif

Bash script ( for GraphicsMagick, ImageMagick, FFmpeg

if [ $# -ne 5 ]; then
echo "please provide the moviename and directory where to store the frames"
echo "./ [directory] [movie.mp4] [filename.gif] [gm|im|ffmpeg] [png|jpg]"
exit 1
if [ "png" == "$5" ]; then

CONVERT=$(which convert)
GM=$(which gm)
FFMPEG=$(which ffmpeg)
FFPROBE=$(which ffprobe)
FPS=$($FFPROBE -show_streams -select_streams v -i "$2" 2>/dev/null | grep "r_frame_rate" | cut -d'=' -f2 | cut -d'/' -f1)
echo "FPS: ${FPS}"
if [ "im" == "$4" ]; then # use imagemagick
FPS=$(echo "1 / ${FPS} * 100" |bc -l)
$CONVERT "$1/*.${suffix}" -delay ${FPS} -loop 0 "$3"
elif [ "gm" == "$4" ]; then # use graphicsmagick
FPS=$(echo "1 / ${FPS} * 100" |bc -l)
$GM convert "$1/*.${suffix}" -delay ${FPS} -loop 0 "$3"
else # use crappy gif-algorithm from ffmpeg
$FFMPEG -f image2 -framerate ${FPS} -i "$1/%08d.${suffix}" "$3"

From DeepDreamVideo, source

GIF to frames

ffmpeg -i video.mpg image%d.jpg
convert -coalesce animated.gif image%05d.png

High quality GIF

with ffmpeg / based on this article

  • Generate a palette :
ffmpeg -y -ss $start_time -t $duration -i input.avi \
-vf fps=10,scale=320:-1:flags=lanczos,palettegen palette.png
  • Output the GIF using the palette :
ffmpeg -ss $start_time -t $duration -i input.avi -i palette.png -filter_complex \
"fps=10,scale=320:-1:flags=lanczos[x];[x][1:v]paletteuse" output.gif


Optimize GIF

convert -layers Optimize output.gif output_optimized.gif

Lossy GIF Compressor

./gifsicle -O3 --lossy=80 -o lossy-compressed.gif input.gif

Lossy Gif

Making GIF from video

from moviepy.editor import *

clip = (VideoFileClip("input.avi")



Freezing a region

from moviepy.editor import *

clip = (VideoFileClip("input.avi")
.fx(vfx.freeze_region, outside_region=(170, 230, 380, 320)))
clip.write_gif("output.gif", fps=15)


ffmpeg \
-ss ${starttime} -t ${duration} -i ${vidfile} `# body of loop` \
-ss TODO ${starttime} MINUS ${duration} -t ${fadetime} -i ${vidfile} `# lead-in for crossfade` \
-loop 1 -i ${stillfile} `# masked still image` \
-filter_complex "
[0:v]setpts=PTS-STARTPTS[vid]; `# speed adjustment - not needed here, so noop`
color=white,scale=3840x2160,fade=in:st=0:d=${fadetime}[alpha]; `# crossfade alpha, double length ahead of speed change`
[1:v][alpha]alphamerge[am]; `# apply alpha to lead-in`
[am]setpts=PTS+(${duration}-${fadetime})/TB[layer2]; `# speed adjustment and offset for lead-in`
[vid][layer2]overlay[oo]; `# overlay for crossfade`
[oo][2:v]overlay=shortest=1[out1]; `# overlay still image`
[out1]crop=w=${cropfactor}*iw:h=${cropfactor}*ih:y=${yoffset}*ih,scale=${outputwidth}:-1, `# crop and scale`
eq=gamma=${gamma}:contrast=${contrast}:saturation=${saturation},unsharp `# final adjustments`
" -an output.mp4

by Roger Barnes

Perfect Loop

import moviepy.editor as mp
from import FramesMatches

clip = mp.VideoFileClip("input.avi").resize(0.3)
scenes = FramesMatches.from_clip(clip, 10, 3)

selected_scenes = scenes.select_scenes(2, 1, 4, 0.5)
selected_scenes.write_gifs(clip.resize(width=450), "./outputs_directory")


Youtube video to GIF

  • Download it via youtube-dl and then convert it.


Grabbing each frame of an HTML5 Canvas

Using PhantomJS.

Example with this canvas.

var webPage = require('webpage');
var fs = require('fs');
var page = webPage.create();

var NB_FRAME = 100;
var current = 0;'',
function(status) {
if (status === "success") {
var current = 0;
var grabber = setInterval(function () {
var frame = page.evaluate(function() {
return document.getElementById('mycanvas').toDataURL("image/png").split(",")[1];
fs.write("./frame-" + current + ".png",atob(frame), 'wb');
if (++current === NB_FRAME) {
}, 1000);

or use ccapture.js.



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