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-10.1 platform.

Package Information

giflib Dependencies



User Notes:

Installation of giflib

Install giflib by running the following commands:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make PREFIX=/usr install &&

rm -fv /usr/lib/libgif.a &&

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

install -v -dm755 /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.2.1 &&
cp -v -R doc/* /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.2.1

Command Explanations

rm -fv /usr/lib/libgif.a: This command removes a static library which is not used by any BLFS package.

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.


Installed Programs: gif2rgb, gifbuild, gifclrmp, giffix, giftext, and giftool
Installed Library:
Installed Directory: /usr/share/doc/giflib-5.2.1

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


clumsily attempts to fix truncated GIF images


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 Tue Apr 20 18:52:06 2021