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How can I easily split an animated .gif file? I want to see each frame.

I would really prefer to not to export every frame to a directory. I'd like to view them individually in one application if possible.

Is this possible on Linux?

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Try opening them with The Gimp; I believe it will open animated gifs with one layer per frame.

You say you don't want to dump all frames to files on a directory, but I'll tell you how to do it anyway :) install either ImageMagick or graphicsmagick, then:

for ImageMagick:

convert animation.gif target.png

for graphicsmagick:

gm convert animation.gif target.png

it'll write frames to target0.png,target1.png,... and so on. You can then enter the directory and run eog, it'll show you all the frames on the same application. When you no longer need the frames, just rm target*.png.

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imagemagick is just awesome!! –  fccoelho Jul 21 '13 at 23:24
imagemagic convert failed for me, since it seems that each image of the gif was represented as a new transparent backgrounds layer, and convert gave those transparent layers: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/AstarExample.gif –  Ciro Santilli Jul 25 '13 at 18:25

Use "-coalesce" in the command...

convert -coalesce animation.gif target.png
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Realy useful comment, thank you –  Selivanov Pavel Dec 19 '13 at 18:07
Great comment but needs explanation. Basically it solves the problem @cirosantilli had with ImageMagick returning what looked liked updates to specific screen areas. -coalesce merges those updates to give you a finished rendering. –  AnthonyVO Jul 1 '14 at 12:18

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