Introduction to giflib

The giflib package contains libraries for reading and writing GIFs as well as programs for converting and working with GIF files.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download (HTTP) MD5 sum: 1c39333192712788c6568c78a949f13e

  • Download (HTTP) size: 640 KB

  • Estimated disk space required: 6.7 MB (with documentation; additional 0.4 MB for the tests)

  • Estimated build time: 0.1 SBU (with documentation)

giflib Dependencies


xmlto-0.0.26 (for html documentation)

User Notes:

Installation of giflib

Install giflib by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check. Test suite results are kept in

Now, as the root user:

make install

If xmlto-0.0.26 is installed, then the API documentation has been built. If you wish to install the distributed and the just built documentations, issue, as the root user:

find doc \( -name Makefile\* -o -name \*.1 \
         -o -name \*.xml \) -exec rm -v {} \; &&

install -v -dm755 /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.1.1 &&
cp -v -R doc/* /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.1.1

Command Explanations

find doc ... -exec rm -v {} \;: This command removes Makefiles, man and xml files from the documentation directory that would otherwise be installed by the commands that follow.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: gif2rgb, gifbuild, gifclrmp, gifecho, giffix, gifinto, giftext and giftool
Installed Library:
Installed Directory: /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.1.1

Short Descriptions


converts images saved as GIF to 24-bit RGB images.


dumps GIF data in a textual format, or undumps it to a GIF.


modifies GIF image colormaps.


generates a GIF from ASCII text.


clumsily attempts to fix truncated GIF images.


is an end-of-pipe fitting for GIF-processing pipelines.


prints (text only) general information about a GIF file.


is a GIF transformation tool.

contains API functions required by the giflib programs and any other programs needing library functionality to read, write and manipulate GIF images.

Last updated on 2015-09-11 16:03:44 -0700