I suppose ffmpeg is the weapon of choice but I didn't find out how to reach my goal.


3 Answers 3


From here:

ffmpeg -i input.webm -pix_fmt rgb24 output.gif
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    Wow! It works! AND.. 2.6 MB webm -> 48 MB gif ^^ -- any thought to reduce this?
    – brubaker
    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:47
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    gifsicle is a fantastic tool to reduce gif size gifsicle -O2 input.gif -o output.gif
    – kenn
    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:52
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    @BarafuAlbino Thanks buddy, but I got an error: "Unknown pixel format requested: rgb16."
    – brubaker
    Aug 4, 2014 at 12:01
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    @brubaker I think I got you beat: 120K .webm → 2.7G .gif. Yes, that's with a G.
    – wchargin
    Nov 1, 2015 at 23:19
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    rgb24 is not supported for gif, ffmpeg would use rgb8 instead automatically. Jan 22, 2017 at 8:59

Barafu's answer is alright. But, the resulting gif may have color conversion issue as ffmpeg complains on Incompatible pixel format 'rgb24' for codec 'gif'. Here is what I find works:

First, create PNG Palette:

ffmpeg -y -i input.webm -vf palettegen palette.png

Then, use the palette to produce gif:

ffmpeg -y -i input.webm -i palette.png -filter_complex paletteuse -r 10 output.gif


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    produced a much better result in my case than the accepted answer
    – Eugene
    Jul 15, 2019 at 9:42
  • Confirmed that this also works on Windows 10😂
    – Lok
    Jun 16, 2021 at 20:13

Extending Raynal's answer, here's a script one can add to .bashrc to do the conversion:

function webm2gif() {
    ffmpeg -y -i "$1" -vf palettegen _tmp_palette.png
    ffmpeg -y -i "$1" -i _tmp_palette.png -filter_complex paletteuse -r 10  "${1%.webm}.gif"
    rm _tmp_palette.png


webm2gif recording.webm

will create recording.gif.

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