#gif #encoder #converter #maker #gifquant

bin+lib gifski

pngquant-based GIF maker for nice-looking animGIFs

14 releases

✓ Uses Rust 2018 edition

0.8.7 Jan 12, 2019
0.8.6 Sep 10, 2018
0.8.4 Jul 1, 2018
0.8.2 Mar 2, 2018
0.6.2 Nov 19, 2017

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Highest-quality GIF encoder based on pngquant.

gifski converts video frames to GIF animations using pngquant's fancy features for efficient cross-frame palettes and temporal dithering. It produces animated GIFs that use thousands of colors per frame.

(CC) Blender Foundation | gooseberry.blender.org

It's a CLI tool, but it can also be compiled as a C library for seamless use in other apps.

Download and install

See releases page for executables.

If you have Rust, you can also get it with cargo install gifski. Run cargo build --release --features=openmp to build from source.

If you have Homebrew, you can also get it with brew install gifski. Add the --with-openmp to make it run faster.


You can use ffmpeg command to convert any video to PNG frames:

ffmpeg -i video.webm frame%04d.png

and then make the GIF from the frames:

gifski -o anim.gif frame*.png

You can also resize frames (with -W <width in pixels> option). If the input was ever encoded using a lossy video codec it's recommended to at least halve size of the frames to hide compression artefacts and counter chroma subsampling that was done by the video codec.

See gifski -h for more options.


  1. Install Rust
  2. Clone the repository: git clone https://github.com/ImageOptim/gifski
  3. In the cloned directory, run: cargo build --release

Enable OpenMP by adding --features=openmp to Cargo build flags (supported on macOS and Linux with GCC). It makes encoding more than twice as fast.

Using from C

See gifski.h for the API. To build the library, run:

cargo build --release

and link with target/release/libgifski.a. Please observe the LICENSE.


AGPL 3 or later. Let me know if you'd like to use it in a product incompatible with this license. I can offer alternative licensing options, including commercial licenses.

With built-in video support

The tool optionally supports decoding video directly, but unfortunately it relies on ffmpeg 3.x, which may be very hard to get working, so it's not enabled by default.

You must have ffmpeg and libclang installed, both with their C headers intalled in default system include paths. Details depend on the platform and version, but you usually need to install packages such as libavformat-dev, libavfilter-dev, libavdevice-dev, libclang-dev, clang. Please note that installation of these dependencies may be quite difficult. Especially on macOS and Windows it takes expert knowledge to just get them installed without wasting several hours on endless stupid installation and compilation errors, which I can't help with.

Once you have dependencies installed, compile with cargo build --release --features=video,openmp.

When compiled with video support ffmpeg licenses apply. You may need to have a patent license to use H.264/H.265 video (I recommend using VP9/WebM instead).

gifski -o out.gif video.mp4


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