How to Convert Images to WebP Format in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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8 Responses

  1. 01101001b says:

    Great article about a great image format. I use webp to save images because of its quality and lossless compression (better than jpeg, smaller than png). For instance an 1.6MB png image I just turn into webp resulted in a 327KB image file with no visible quality loss (needless to say, that ratio is not written in stone. No *magic* here).

    Webp has great advantages but drawbacks too. Clearly not every browser or image viewer supports it, so you must use judgement on when and where to use it.

    Furthermore, one annoying limitation is this format can only handle images up to 16383 x 16383 pixels, what is a problem if you need to capture some long webpages as images (sometimes the only way to preserve them faithfully).

  2. sylvain bosse says:

    Did download and try it. It worked well, but it work only with the png. I’ve tried to convert jpg to webp with no result. So this program need to evolve so it include jpg.

  3. Benedict Verhegghe says:

    An open source image format and you need Google’s precompiled binaries to use it, seriously?

  4. Sum Yung Gai says:

    Not sure why we need Yet Another Graphic File format (YAGF) when we already have several that work very well (.PNG and .JPG especially). What’s wrong with .PNG and .JPG?

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @Sum

      May be you need to try it out and you’ll find out why we actually need Yet Another Graphic File format (YAGF). Because it provides remarkable lossless and lossy compression for images on the web, making sites run faster.

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