PHP Animated Gif Resizer

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There are many sites that use avatars and sometimes they use animated GIF files. But when it comes to resizing them, it really becomes a pain when your server doesn’t support ImageMagick. So I decided to write an animated GIF resizer based on GD Library (Because GD doesn’t support it directly either.)

It works like this:

  1. Extract frames from GIF animations into a temporary folder.
  2. Resizes all the frames
  3. Combines them into one file

Using this class is really simple. Here is the code

include_once "gifresizer.php";
$gr = new gifresizer;
$gr->temp_dir = "frames"; //note that it doesn't end with a "/"

// $gr->temp_dir = {a folder with a write permission (777)}; // The temporary folder which frames will be extracted to.
// $gr->resize({file to be resized}, {new file to be created}, {new width}, {new height});

Here’s an example:


Original GIF file :

Resized Image:

Here you can download the class, documentation and examples. class main page


Note: I’m expecting some feedback. Here or at Doesn’t matter. If you are using it, tell me how it works.

  • Slight issue in that when I resize a gif using this it works fine. When I resize a gif which only loops once, this library makes it loop indefinitely. From what I could see in the class, it does not identify whether the GIF should loop. Any idea if thi

    • It’s OK thanks, I’ve rewitten some of it so that this now works. If you are interested in seeing what I did for this, drop me an email and I’ll show you what I’ve done to extend the class.

      • Hi, happy to hear that you’ve solved the problem. I didn’t have the chance to check all the GIF variations, so it still may be containing bugs. I really don’t have the time to tinker with this class, but when I have enough time, I’ll check them all.

  • Thanks an keep up the good work.
    Anyway, I’ve tried to resize a gif from larger to smaller (from 720×90 to 320×40) but it lose quality and the resized gif is grainy.
    Is it possible to preserve the original frame’s quality?

    • This script uses PHP GD’s image resize function, for your request to be happen, it should use image resample function.
      But if I use that for resizing, the palette changes on resample, and I can not prese

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