What’s a good replacement for Windows Image Viewer that plays animated GIFs?

Keefe K July 12, 2013

Having Windows 7, i’m used to using the built-in Windows Image Viewer, since it’s fast to launch and view whatever it is I want. It can’t, however, view animated GIF files. Or maybe I should rephrase that: they’re just not animated.

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone in the community knew of any alternative image viewers that can view animated GIF files, while also launching just as fast as the built-in program. I’m not very interested in editing pictures or anything, I just want something that starts quickly, and can fill the gap where Windows Image Viewer fails.

  1. carl
    September 25, 2014 at 1:11 am

    7GIF GIVES CONTROL ON SPEED, SIZE TO FULL SCREEN, FRAME BY FRAME, START STOP, next in folder- manual advance. I use it, would like only to add automatic feed from folder , like animated slideshow, any that do that ??

  2. sam
    October 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    what if i wanted to open a file that contains several GIF's and surf through them like windows media center

  3. Robert S
    August 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

    If you do not like IrfanView, take a look at FastStone, another free image viewer with lots of editing options http://download.cnet.com/FastStone-Image-Viewer/3000-2192_4-10324485.html It may seem ugly from the first glance, but then you realize that it's very intuitive.

  4. Yang S
    July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Just drag it into a browser

  5. Yang
    July 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    You can just drag the gif to any web browser, and you should be able to see it

  6. Yang
    July 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    You can simply drag the gif to any modern browser, you should be able to see it

  7. Katharine W
    July 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Seconding XnView. It's awesome, especially if you install the Shell extension that goes with it. It has a really nice interface, and really good editing abilities, including the ability to use photoshop (.8bf) filters in the program.

  8. Bruce E
    July 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Just load the GIF in any web browser you have installed. They all play animated GIF files.

    • Keefe K
      July 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I've been doing that with the GIFs actually...and let me tell you, it is horrible! XD My browsers don't load on a dime. The quickest to load is Internet Explorer (in all the irony), and that took about 5-8 seconds between the time I clicked on the GIF to load. Nope...not going back to to using browsers for animated GIFs ever again! XD;

  9. Hovsep A
    July 12, 2013 at 8:44 am

    good suggestions above.

    GIF Viewer (never used it myself)

    • Keefe K
      July 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Hmmm...that'd solve the problem with the GIFs. I'll keep that in mind for the future. :)

  10. Oron J
    July 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    IrfanView, the first package to support the display of animated GIFs!

    • Keefe K
      July 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      It sure looks like it was the first! Unfortunately, I guess they saw no sense of making it look more modern. XD;

  11. Alex T
    July 12, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I really like XnView: http://xnview.com
    Free and powerful. And nice GUI (unlike IrfanView)

  12. Dalsan M
    July 12, 2013 at 4:38 am

    IrfanView is a good picture viewer that is fairly quick and easy to use. There are simple editing capabilities as well. It is free to download and use. http://www.irfanview.com

    • Paul P
      July 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      You said your not interested in editing, but if you ever are, Irfanview lets you decompose animated gifs into the gif frames.

    • Keefe K
      July 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I checked it out, and it while it does seem nice, it also looks like I'm using an program from way back in the Windows 98 era.

    • Dalsan M
      July 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      I do agree that it isn't very pretty, but it is more than capable with its features and does open fairly quickly. If you can't get past the dated looking GUI, XnView would be the best choice. I personally like performance and features above looks, but to each their own.

    • Oron J
      October 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      IrfanView is it! Free, smallk, extremely fast and the first standalone application to support animated GIFs! You can move from one picture to the next in a folder using the space key (backspace to move backwords), and the list goes on an on...

      True, it looks very dated but a) it is nevertheless very functional and b) if you like, you can change the skin to something more appealing - you can even design a skin yourself!

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