I have created over 600 images from a simulation I ran. I want to convert these images into a GIF format. Can you provide me a way to do so and one that allows me to show each image for >1second.


ImageMagick can do it:

convert -delay 100 -loop 0 image*.png animation.gif

Replace image*.png with whatever your images are named.

Install it with:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Beware that you'll need a lot of RAM for 600 files.

  • Thanks for a quick response. Each image is 1.3MB and I've created them all from scratch in PPM format. I mistyped earlier; I need each image to only play for roughly a quarter of a second. On a side note I've got 16GB of RAM. – user277529 May 3 '14 at 17:34
  • I just got it working and it is running with no problem! This is so perfect thanks for your help!!! – user277529 May 3 '14 at 17:45
  • If you want to resize your final GIF you can add ex. "-resize 800x600" to convert and it uses less RAM, but still pretty high :( – dirk Aug 26 '15 at 16:47
  • My images had a transparent background so I had to add dispose 2 to remove the previous frames. – Steven C. Howell Aug 19 '16 at 19:27


...is a good GUI tool for converting and compressing images. It might be able to help you here. I'm aware of the ImageMagick answer, this is a GUI solution.

Its website is http://converseen.sourceforge.net.

Ubuntu 14.04

Available in the default repositories.

sudo apt-get install converseen

Ubuntu 13.10 and earlier

Not available by default but there is a (probably not dedicated) PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install converseen

To show each image for > 1 second, open one of the images and your default image viewer should open. On a fresh install of Ubuntu Eye of Gnome Image Viewer will open.

To start a slideshow:

Click View ▸ Slideshow or press F5.

Image Viewer will start a slideshow of each image in the folder.

You can customise the slideshow settings, like how many seconds each picture should be displayed for, in the Slideshow tab of Preferences:

Click Edit ▸ Preferences ▸ Slideshow

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