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README.md

pngquant

This the official new pngquant.

pngquant converts 24/32-bit RGBA PNGs to 8-bit palette with alpha channel preserved. Such images are compatible with all modern browsers, and a special compatibility setting exists which helps transparency degrade well in Internet Explorer 6.

Quantized files are often 40-70% smaller than their 24/32-bit version.

This utility works on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

Usage

  • batch conversion of multiple files: pngquant 256 *.png
  • Unix-style stdin/stdout chaining: … | pngquant 16 | …

To further reduce file size, you may want to consider optipng or ImageOptim.

Improvements since 1.0

  • Significantly better quality of quantisation

    • uses variance instead of popularity for box selection (improvement suggested in the original median cut paper)
    • feedback loop that repeats median cut for poorly quantized colors
    • additional colormap improvement using Voronoi iteration
    • supports much larger number of colors in input images without degradation of quality
    • more accurate remapping of semitransparent colors
    • special dithering algorithm that does not add noise in well-quantized areas of the image
    • gamma correction (output is always generated with gamma 2.2 for web compatibility)
  • More flexible commandline usage

    • number of colors defaults to 256
    • standard switches like -- and - are allowed
  • Refactored and modernised code

    • C99 with no workarounds for old systems
    • floating-point math used throughout
    • Intel SSE3 optimisations

Options

See pngquant -h for full list.

-ext new.png

Set custom extension (suffix) for output filename. By default -or8.png or -fs8.png is used. If you use -ext .png -force options pngquant will overwrite input files in place (use with caution).

-speed N

Speed/quality trade-off from 1 (brute-force) to 10 (fastest). The default is 3. Speed 10 has 5% lower quality, but is 8 times faster than the default.

-iebug

Workaround for IE6, which only displays fully opaque pixels. pngquant will make almost-opaque pixels fully opaque and will avoid creating new transparent colors.

-version

Print version information to stdout.

-

Read image from stdin and send result to stdout.

--

Stops processing of arguments. This allows use of file names that start with -. If you're using pngquant in a script, it's advisable to put this before file names:

pngquant $OPTIONS -- "$FILE"
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