The 11 Best Free GIF Makers for 2021

Create your own animated GIFs

These free GIF makers let you create an animated GIF from images or videos that you can then share with everyone you know.

If you're unfamiliar with an animated GIF, it's a series of still images that are cycled through to create an animation, much like a video clip. Creating one using a free GIF maker is a fun and quick project that you can use for dozens of applications.

Some of the free GIF makers below are downloadable and others are online programs. They all, however, are absolutely free and will create an animated GIF in a matter of minutes.

You can use a free online photo editor, free photo editing app, or free photo resizer to make changes to images before you convert them into a GIF.

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Make A GIF

Screenshot of the Make A GIF website
Make A GIF.
What We Like
  • Easy to create animated GIFs from images and videos.

  • Resize all images at once.

  • Custom animation speeds.

  • No user account required.

What We Don't Like
  • Watermark applied unless you log in.

  • High-quality GIFs available only after payment.

  • Unhelpful text tool.

Make A GIF lets you create a GIF from multiple images, a video from your computer, a YouTube or Facebook video, or directly from your webcam.

If making a GIF from images, it’s really easy to customize the order of the photos because you can simply rearrange them via drag-and-drop. You can also resize all of the images at once and set a custom animation speed.

It’s also easy to produce a GIF from a video because you just have to choose at what point in the video to start the GIF and then decide how many seconds of it should be used.

A captioning tool is included to add text on top of your GIF, but you can't preview it before making the GIF or change where on the GIF the text is displayed.

Once created, you can save the GIF to your computer and copy its URL to find it online. You have the option for making your GIF public, unlisted, or private. You can even link directly to the GIF file.

of 11 online animated gif maker
What We Like
  • Make high-quality GIFs.

  • Upload multiple images in bulk or in a single zip file.

  • No watermarks.

  • Optimization features.

What We Don't Like
  • Tool layout on separate pages may take getting used to.

  • Interface isn't as slick as some.

  • Must download the GIF when finished (no online save option). is another online GIF creator. It’s a little strange to use because all the tools are on separate pages, but it actually isn’t hard to use.

You can crop the images, resize the whole GIF, optimize the frames, reverse the photos, flip or rotate the GIF to a particular angle, alter the speed, split the GIF back into its original images, and add text.

There’s also a grayscale, sepia, and monochrome effect you can apply to the entire GIF. has a free video to GIF converter if you’d rather not use images.

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Imgflip website
What We Like
  • Preview of GIF during creation.

  • Many options for customizing.

  • Can store the GIF online.

What We Don't Like
  • Some custom settings only available for a fee.

  • A small watermark is placed on all GIFs.

  • Free users are limited to storing GIFs on the site that are less than 4 MB.

ImgFlip shows a preview of your GIF as you’re creating it, which is very helpful. You can make a GIF from images, a video URL, another GIF URL, or a video you upload yourself.

The animation delay, photo order, width, height, and quality can be altered for a GIF made with images. There's also a text tool, crop option, and the ability to rotate the GIF, reverse it, and change the play count and background color.

When finished, you can download your GIF, share it over a few social media sites, or set it as private so it’s not posted online.

A watermark is displayed on all GIFs made at Imgflip. Also, several of the custom settings for creating a GIF from a video are usable only if you pay for ImgFlip Pro.

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Picasion online GIF maker upload page
What We Like
  • Doesn't leave a watermark.

  • Publish GIFs in online gallery and share with others.

What We Don't Like
  • Bulk upload could be easier to use.

  • Limited features.

  • Can't preview it before finishing.

Picasion lets you build a GIF from images you upload from your computer or import from Flickr.

Unfortunately, though, if loading images from your computer, you can’t upload them in bulk, but instead must choose single files at a time. There are also few editing tools, so you can't add text to the GIF or rotate or organize the images.

A GIF can be sized up to as large as 450 pixels wide and the animation speed can be adjusted from a fast speed to one as slow as 10 seconds.

Before creating the GIF, you can optionally choose to include it in Picasion’s online gallery. Once the GIF has been made, you can download it, copy a direct link to where it’s hosted online, share it over a social media site, or email it to a friend.

This website has a separate tool you can use after making your GIF that lets you add glitter.

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Gifpal GIF maker
What We Like
  • Can disable watermarking.

  • Easy to arrange images.

  • Includes filters.

What We Don't Like
  • Missing a text tool.

  • Can't upload more than one file simultaneously.

GIFPAL is an amazing online GIF maker. Your GIF is played automatically as you make changes so you can clearly see how it will appear when you’re finished. Rearranging pictures is super easy and you can even turn off the watermark.

Before you’re finished, you can optionally reverse the frames to run the GIF backward, change the quality of the images, overlay a filter, and adjust the animation speed.

Photos from a webcam or your computer can be uploaded to GIFPAL.

GIFPAL lets you download your GIF and share it over Tumblr and Twitter.

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GIMP GIF export menu
What We Like
  • Free and powerful open-source image editing software.

  • Refine images in the editor before adding them to a GIF.

What We Don't Like
  • Not as simple to use as other GIF creators.

  • Not specialized to create GIFs.

GIMP is an image editing program you must download to your computer to use. It's ideal for making GIFs because you can use some really great editing tools to perfect your images before building them into an animated GIF.

Begin by choosing File > Open as Layers and selecting all the pictures you want to use for the GIF. You can edit your images at this point or continue on to create the GIF as the photos currently are.

Next, go to Filters > Animation > Playback and play the animation to see how the GIF looks. If needed, you can change the entire canvas size or scale the image from the Image menu.

When ready to create the GIF in GIMP, just go to File > Export Asand choose GIF image as the file type. Before the images are exported, you can choose to disable the continual loop and also change the delay time between frames.

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Imgur Video to GIF website
What We Like
  • Very easy to convert video to animated GIFs.

  • No user account necessary for making GIFs.

  • Lets you share the GIF.

What We Don't Like
  • Sparse options for editing.

  • Must log in to share GIFs.

Imgur provides the easiest way to make a GIF from a video and then immediately post it to the Imgur gallery, which is one of the most popular places to host and share images.

Just paste the link to the video you want to convert to a GIF and then choose a start and end point, and optionally add some text. GIFs made at Imgur can be up to 15 seconds long.

When you create the GIF, you'll be taken to its dedicated page where you can download it to your computer, share it with others, or delete it from Imgur.

You can also edit the GIF again using Imgur. Some of the supported tools include the standard ones like rotate, crop, and resize, but you can also add text and effects, brighten the GIF, overlay stickers, and lots more.

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Screenshot of GiftedMotion
What We Like
  • Open-source GIF animator.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Must download app to use it.

  • Can't adjust image sizes by pixel dimensions.

GiftedMotion is another program you must download to your computer to use. However, it's different than GIMP in that you don't need to install it to use it and it's not complicated in the slightest.

After you load in the images you want to use, you can adjust their order and frame delay. You can also resize the entire GIF and position the images exactly how you want them to appear, both using drag and drop.

You can't, however, adjust the images to a specific pixel size like most of the other GIF makers in this list.

Select the record button to save the images as an animated GIF file.

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The workspace for, a free online GIF maker.
What We Like
  • Combine multiple GIFs into one.

  • Overlay audio from a YouTube video.

  • Create high-quality GIFs.

  • Useful settings and controls.

What We Don't Like
  • Only accepts images.

  • No option to store the GIF online (but the preview stays for six hours). can make a GIF from up to 300 PNG, GIF, or JPG files. A live preview is shown as you’re creating the GIF so you know exactly what it will look like.

In addition to altering the speed of the animation and the GIF’s canvas size, you can specify how many times to loop the GIF before it stops (you can choose infinite loop, too) and even overlay a video’s audio into the GIF.

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Giphy decoration options
What We Like
  • Lots of editing options.

  • Sharing options are easy to use.

  • Ad-free site.

What We Don't Like
  • Must upload every GIF you make.

  • Can't delete GIFs after uploading them.

  • Lets you add just one text box.

  • You need a user account.

Giphy's GIF creator lets you load photos, other GIFs, or videos to make a new GIF file. Videos can be imported from sites like Vimeo and YouTube, or from your computer.

Arranging the files in the order you want is super easy, and you can slide the image duration button back and forth to make the frames shorter or longer, from 0.1 seconds to 3.7 seconds.

The final step before creating the GIF is decorating it. There are options for a caption, stickers, filters, and freehand drawing.

When you're finished, you have to upload the GIF to Giphy, either with public visibility or as a private GIF. From there, you can share the link, download it to your computer, or embed it on your website.

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What We Like
  • Disable image cycling so GIFs play only once when opened.

  • Offers visual effects to add to GIFs.

What We Don't Like
  • Interface seems cluttered.

  • Can't add text.

  • Preview is only shown at the very end.

  • Lots of website ads.

Like most of the other GIF creators in this list,’s Gif Maker is an online GIF maker that lets you upload more than one image at once from your computer, and you can rearrange the images however you like.

Apart from the standard settings like altering the GIFs size and frame interval time,’s Gif Maker can also add an effect to the whole GIF, such as animated hearts, a border, or make it black and white. 

You can also disable image cycling, which means once the last picture has displayed in the GIF, it will stop animating until you open it again.

When finished, you can save it to your computer as well as share it over email and social media sites.

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