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A commandline tool to convert into ANIMATED.gif

Here's what happens when you apply it to


screengif - Convert your screencast into a gif.
	screengif [options] [--input] [--output OUTPUTFILE.gif]
	screengif --input --output out.gif
	cat somefile.gif | screengif --progressbar --framerate 10 --delay 50 --delay-last 5 > out.gif

Specific options:
    -i, --input         Use ffmpeg to convert into PPM image stream and process results.
                                     If missing, will process PPM or GIF image stream from STDIN.
    -o, --output FILENAME.gif        Output resulting GIF data to FILENAME.gif. (defaults to STDOUT).
    -p, --progressbar                Overlay progress bar on the animation.
    -d, --delay MS                   Animation frame delay, in tens of ms. (default: 10)
        --delay-last MS              Animation frame delay of last frame, in tens of ms. (default: 50)
    -r, --framerate FPS              Specify amount of frames per second to keep. (default: 5)
    -w, --max-width PIXELS           Output image max width, in pixels.
        --max-height PIXELS          Output image max height, in pixels.
        --no-contrast                Skip increasing contrast using imagemagick.
    -f, --fuzz PERCENT               Imagemagick fuzz factor for color reduction. (default: 5%)
        --no-coalesce                Skip Magick::ImageList#coalesce() if input doesn't need it.
        --no-gifsicle                Prevent filter the output through gifsicle. Greatly increases output file size.
    -h, --help                       Show this message
    -v, --verbose                    Verbose output
        --version                    Show version


Under Docker

If you have docker running, this is the quickest way to get started with screengif:

git clone
cd screengif

make build      # or alternatively, 'docker pull dergachev/screengif'

make docker-convert args="-i -o demo-docker.gif"

# input files must be relative to cloned screengif repo
cp /path/to/ .

make docker-convert args="-i -o myMovie.gif"

See Dockerfile and Makefile for how it works.

With Vagrant

If you have Vagrant and Virtualbox already installed, this is both faster and cleaner than downloading and compiling all the dependencies in OS X. To install, simply do the following:

vagrant up

The easiest way to use it is to copy your image to screengif project directory (shared in the VM under /vagrant), and run the following:

cp ~/ ./
vagrant ssh -- '/vagrant/bin/screengif --input /vagrant/ --output /vagrant/output/screencast.gif'
ls ./output/screencast.gif # should exist!

# when finished, destroy the VM
vagrant destroy -f

On OSX, with homebrew

The following works with OS X and homebrew, assuming you have ruby 1.9.2+:

You may need to install brew-cask:

# x-quartz is a dependency for gifsicle, no longer installed starting on 10.8
brew cask install xquartz
open /usr/local/Caskroom/xquartz/2.7.11/XQuartz.pkg # runs the XQuartz installer

brew install ffmpeg imagemagick@6 gifsicle pkg-config
gem install screengif       # might need sudo

To be able to use the --progressbar option, you also need to install ghostscript and some fonts for it:

brew install gs
cd /usr/local/share/ghostscript/
tar xzvf ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz

If running screengif shows an errror Library not loaded: libMagickCore-6.Q16.1.dylib, see #26.


See for a guide on how to use Quicktime Player to record a screencast on OS X.
Keep in mind that other tools (like Screenflow) produce better video quality.

If you install dropbox-screenshots, the following will automatically upload your new gif to Dropbox:

cp out.gif ~/Dropbox/Public/screenshots