Free GIF Makers

Create your own animated GIFs

These free GIF makers will 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 you 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.

What We Don't Like

  • Watermark applied unless you register for an account.

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

Once created, you can save the GIF to your computer and copy its URL to find it online.

If you create a free account with Make A GIF, the tiny watermark will not display at the bottom of GIFs.

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ImgFlip

Screenshot of the Imgflip website
Imgflip.

What We Like

  • Preview of GIF during creation.

  • Many options for customizing.

What We Don't Like

  • Some custom settings only available for fee.

  • Watermark is placed on all GIFs.

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. A GIF you create with a video has tons of custom settings such as adding text, cropping out part of the video, resizing the width, and reversing the GIF.

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 an ImgFlip Pro account.

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Picasion

The workspace for Picasion, a free online GIF maker.

What We Like

  • GIFs can be published in online gallery and shared.

What We Don't Like

  • No bulk upload of individual images.

  • Limited features; better GIF makers on this list.

Picasion lets you build a GIF from images you upload from your computer, ones from a URL, photos taken with a webcam, or ones imported 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.

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.

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GIFPAL

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GIFPAL.

What We Like

  • Can disable watermarking.

  • Easy to arrange images.

What We Don't Like

  • Flash player is required.

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.

Photos from a webcam or your computer can be uploaded to GIFPAL. Once added to the site, you can add text, use a drawing tool, apply one of the dozens of image effects, flip the image, and manipulate the brightness, hue, contrast, and saturation. 

Once you’ve edited a particular frame, you can add it to the GIF timeline by clicking the small camera button. Up to 48 frames can be used to build a GIF with GIFPAL.

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

GIFPAL lets you download your GIF, display it in its public gallery, and share it over Tumblr and Twitter.

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GifGear

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GifGear.

What We Like

  • Unique interface compared to other GIF creators.

  • Can upload multiple images at once.

What We Don't Like

  • Site requires Flash.

  • Editing and functionality are somewhat limited.

GifGear is a free GIF maker with some unique tools. You can add images via a URL, from your computer, or with a webcam, and any of the images can be reordered by simply dragging and dropping them.

GifGear lets you resize the GIF to a particular width and height as well as add shapes like bubbles and stars to your images. You can also add one of several effects between frames, such as a fade, shift, overlay, blinds, or pixelation effect. These effects define how the next picture in the GIF will appear.

Each image can have a custom frame duration, which means one can display for up to 10 seconds while another photo can appear for just 1 second.

When you’re done, you can download your GIF as well as share the link to it on GifGear's website.

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GIMP

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GIMP.

What We Like

  • Free and powerful open-source image editing software.

  • Image editor lets you refine your images before adding them to a GIF.

What We Don't Like

  • Not as simple to use as other creators on the list.

GIMP is an image editing program you must download to your computer to use. It's perfect 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

Screenshot of the Imgur Video to GIF website
Imgur.

What We Like

  • Huge and popular site for image sharing.

  • Very easy to convert video to animated GIFs.

What We Don't Like

  • Social aspect of the site is quite toxic at times.

  • Anonymous voting system is easily and regularly abused.

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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GiftedMotion

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GiftedMotion.

What We Like

  • Open-source GIF animator.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like

  • An app you have to download to use.

  • 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.

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

On the GiftedMotion download page, look for the link at the very bottom that says giftedmotion-<version>.jar; any other download link is an advertisement.


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ezgif.com

The workspace for ezgif.com, a free online GIF maker.

What We Like

  • Can upload multiple images in bulk, or even in a single zip file.

  • Preview available as you make changes.

  • No watermarks.

What We Don't Like

  • Tool layout on separate pages may take getting used to.

  • Interface is not as slick as some.

ezgif.com 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.

The changes you make to your GIF appear below the settings, and if you like it, you can save it, else just remove the change and then click the Apply selected! button again.

ezgif.com also has a free video to GIF converter if you’d rather not use images.

This GIF maker website lets you upload up to 2,000 pictures at once or even a ZIP archive that contains all the images.

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Toolson.net’s Gif Maker

Screenshot of Toolson.net's Gif Maker
Toolson.net's Gif Maker.

What We Like

  • Can disable image cycling so GIFs play only once when opened.

What We Don't Like

  • Interface may seem a bit busy at first.

Like most of the other GIF creators in this list, Toolson.net’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, Toolson.net’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, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other sites.

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Animated GIF Maker

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Animated GIF Maker.

What We Like

  • Ability to upload multiple images at once.

  • Easily adjust the speed of animation.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Flash.

Animated GIF Maker begins by asking you to choose the speed of the animation and how to resize all the images you’ll upload. You can select a custom size and speed or choose a preset one. 

You can upload more than photo at once to Animated GIF Maker, which is certainly quicker than some of these other GIF makers that allow just one image to be uploaded.

Once all your pictures have been uploaded, you can change their order and choose how long each photo should show before moving to the next one in the GIF.

Your GIF will display on screen at this point, and you can download it to your computer or edit it again to change the size and other settings.

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GIFMaker.me

The workspace for GIFMaker.me, a free online GIF maker.

What We Like

  • Settings and controls are good.

  • Can overlay audio from a video to GIF.

What We Don't Like

  • Uploads can be slow.

  • Only accepts image uploads for GIF creation.

GIFMaker.me can make a GIF from PNG, GIF, and 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.