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APNG (animated PNG) images support [Firefox and Safari 8 support it]

APNG is an extension of the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format, adding support for animated images. It is intended to be a replacement for simple animated images that have traditionally used the GIF format, while adding support for 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency. APNG is backwards-compatible with PNG; any PNG decoder should be able to ignore the APNG-specific chunks and display a single image.

GIF vs. APNG vs. animated WebP:
Support status: (Firefox and Safari 8 support APNG)

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      • Matthew Waltz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add support for this. It is supported in most other browsers now including Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, and others.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Come on, how hard could it be to support APNG?

        Don't give me silly "Due to Security/Performance" excuses.

      • Jab commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It looks exactly like a story about PNG with alpha and IE6.

      • John Llort commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At least chrome supports apng and its better just to switch browser.
        Microsoft too busy with crosstoleranting with linux lusers so its hopeless to ask them for a something.

      • User commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any plans on this? All modern browsers already supports APNG. Your turn.

      • birbilis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        quote from

        Chrome, Firefox and Safari all support APNG. Google added their support in Chrome 59 only just recently in June 2017 so it is expected that the format will really start to take off from now!

      • Andrius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


      • Tobias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could you please stop make the web a mess... Focus on Windows an stop making this cancer browser, please... I was so happy when IE died... an then... IT came out of the cave... All the errors all the lies about a great browser. It's like a Zombie IE. Please for Gods sake stop it!

      • Ann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well said Gary. If users want to use a broken/outdated browser when there are better alternatives, that's their own choice, developers should not be wasting their time helping them do that.

      • Gary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's time that web developers stop supporting Microsoft browsers because they always hold us back from using new features.

        Just use APNG since it degrades nicely. Edge users will notice that their browser is lacking support of many features if we developers all work together.

      • Ben Bout commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Opera, Chrome, Safari and Firefox support APNG. Now the wait is for Edge to support it as well.

      • Evgeny Vrublevsky (VEG) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Marat Tanalin, it's OK to use it on web pages for small animations. Edge doesn't support it, but it is not a problem. Edge users will see just a static image.

      • Marat Tanalin | commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Fwiw, even if it may look unreasonable to use APNG on _web pages_ in terms of traffic, it still makes perfect sense for _browser addons_ where quality animated graphics may be _built-in_, so there is no perceived-performance-related overhead of _downloading_ graphics, it’s downloaded just _once_ — when the extension is installed or updated.

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