Gifsicle manipulates GIF image files. Depending on command line options, it can merge several GIFs into a GIF animation; explode an animation into its component frames; change individual frames in an animation; turn interlacing on and off; add transparency; add delays, disposals, and looping to animations; add and remove comments; flip and rotate; optimize animations for space; change images' colormaps; and other things.
Gifview, a companion program, displays GIF images and animations on an X display. It can display multi-frame GIFs either as slideshows, displaying one frame at a time, or as real-time animations.
Gifdiff, another companion program, checks two GIF files for identical visual appearance. This is probably most useful for testing GIF-manipulating software.
Each of these programs has a manpage,
The Gifsicle package comes with NO WARRANTY, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
NEWS in this directory for a detailed listing of changes in
recent versions. The Gifsicle home page is:
Building Gifsicle on UNIX
./configure does not exist (you downloaded from Github), run
autoreconf -i first.
./configure accepts the usual options; see
INSTALL for more
details. To build without gifview (for example, if you don't have
./configure --disable-gifview. To build without gifdiff,
make install will build and install Gifsicle and its manual page
(under /usr/local by default).
Building Gifsicle on Windows
To build Gifsicle on Windows using Visual C, change into the
directory and run
nmake -f Makefile.w32
To build Gifsicle on Windows using Borland C++, change into the
directory and run
nmake -f Makefile.bcc
Stephen Schnipsel email@example.com provided
will need to edit one of these Makefiles to use a different compiler.
You can edit it with any text editor (like Notepad). See the file for
Please write me if you have trouble building or running Gifsicle, or if you have suggestions or patches.
The GIF Patents and UnGIFs
Patents formerly restricted use of the Lempel-Ziv-Welch compression algorithm used in GIFs. As of October 1, 2006, it is believed (by the Software Freedom Law Center and the Free Software Foundation, among others) that there are no significant patent claims interfering with employment of the GIF format. For that reason, Gifsicle is completely free software.
Nonetheless, Gifsicle can be configured to write run-length-encoded
GIFs, rather than LZW-compressed GIFs, avoiding these obsolete
patents. This idea was first implemented independently by Toshio
Kuratomi firstname.lastname@example.org and Hutchison Avenue Software
Corporation (http://www.hasc.com/, email@example.com). Turn this on by
--enable-ungif switch. Now that the patents
have expired there is no good reason to turn on this switch, which can
make GIFs a factor of 2 larger or more. If your copy of Gifsicle says
(ungif) when you run
gifsicle --version, it is writing
All source code is Copyright (C) 1997-2013 Eddie Kohler.
IF YOU PLAN TO USE GIFSICLE ONLY TO CREATE OR MODIFY GIF IMAGES, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE REST OF THIS SECTION. Anyone can use Gifsicle however they wish; the license applies only to those who plan to copy, distribute, or alter its code. If you use Gifsicle for an organizational or commercial Web site, I would appreciate a link to the Gifsicle home page on any 'About This Server' page, but it's not required.
This code is distributed under the GNU General Public License, Version 2 (and only Version 2). The GNU General Public License is available via the Web at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html or in the 'COPYING' file in this directory.
The following alternative license may be used at your discretion.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute, or alter Gifsicle, whole or in part, as long as source code copyright notices are kept intact, with the following restriction: Developers or distributors who plan to use Gifsicle code, whole or in part, in a product whose source code will not be made available to the end user -- more precisely, in a context which would violate the GPL -- MUST contact the author and obtain permission before doing so.
David Hedbor firstname.lastname@example.org Many bug reports and constructive whining about the optimizer.
Emil Mikulic email@example.com Win32 port help.