GIF images can get quite large. Fortunately there are many free tools online to compress your GIF images on the web. Many of these services have limits to the maximum file size. Compressing a GIF image will not usually reduce image quality. If you do notice a change in image quality, try toggling the number of colors in compressed file format. By reducing the size of your GIF image and if you are planning to save for web, you are also helping to decrease page load times, reduce server resources, save power and so on.
Compress your GIF online
There is no need to download any software to compress a GIF image for the purpose of size reduction. These online image resizer apps will allow you to reduce the file size of a GIF. They are however limited with what file size you can upload and they all allow the GIF image format.
Testing each GIF compression tool
We tested each service to see how effective they each are at reducing image size of GIF images. You can see the results below and also download all the files we compressed via this link (2.3MB).
|Max file size||Renames image file||Image size difference|
|shortpixel.com||Sign up required to remove limits||No||-61%|
|kraken.io||1 MB, 32 MB for paid plan||No||-54%|
Software to optimize a GIF on your computer
If you have a lot of images to compress or need a larger image optimized, then software that you download and use on your computer may be a more suitable solution.
Using software like Adobe Photoshop on your computer to reduce GIF file size may also include other features where you can create a GIF animation from a video file or resize GIF image format file.
Lossy GIF compression
GIF compressor optimizes GIFs using gifsicle and Lossy GIF encoder, which implements lossy LZW compression. It can reduce animated GIF file size by 30% to 50% with lossy compression at a cost of some dithering/noise, without reducing the number of frames.
Further reduce size of the file by re-sizing
If your image is still too large after compression, it is worth trying to resize the image if possible. The resi website has a great tool for this. We tested a large GIF file of about 70MB and got it down to less than 20MB with some minor resizing and compression.