GIF to ICO Converter

Convert GIF to ICO online, for free.



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Image Options
Correctly orient the image using the gravity sensor data stored in EXIF
Strip the image of any profiles, EXIF, and comments to reduce size



How to Convert GIF to ICO?

  1. Click the “Choose Files” button to select your GIF files.
  2. Click the “Convert to ICO” button to start the conversion.
  3. When the status change to “Done” click the “Download ICO” button

Easy to Use

Simply upload your GIF files and click the convert button. You can also batch convert GIF to ICO format.

Best Quality

We use both open source and custom software to make sure our conversions are of the highest quality. In most cases, you can fine-tune conversion parameters using “Advanced Settings” (optional, look for the icon).

Free & Secure

Our GIF to ICO Converter is free and works on any web browser. We guarantee file security and privacy. Files are protected with 256-bit SSL encryption and automatically delete after a few hours.


Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a type of bitmap file format that relies on pixels to form simple images using the RGB color model. Unlike the uncompressed BMP file format, GIF uses lossless compression and supports animation without audio. The most common use of GIF is in animated form as advertisements, emotion-based replies on social media, and memes, which often go viral on the Internet. 

How to open a GIF file?

Almost all web browsers support GIF, which gives it a distinct advantage over other image formats, such as PNG. Furthermore, GIF opens on Apple’s mobile devices, including iPhone and iPad, which makes it more popular than Adobe Flash.


GIFs open easily on almost all image-viewer applications, web browsers, and operating systems. To open a GIF for the purposes of editing it, use an application such as Adobe Photoshop. On Windows, open GIFs with Microsoft Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Roxio Creator NXT Pro, and others. On macOS, use Adobe image viewers and editors, including Adobe Illustrator.


Developed by: CompuServe, Inc.

Initial Release: 15 June 1987

Useful links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIF


ICO files contain pixel-based images that can have up to 256 x 256 pixels, 24-bit color, and 8-bit transparency. ICO files offer a convenient place to store and scale the images needed to display the icons so that Windows users can associate an image with an application.

How to open an ICO file?

Use Windows IconMaker to open, edit, and create an ICO file. CorelDRAW is an excellent program for opening, editing, and creating ICO files. To convert ICO files, consider using our online ICO Converter. Often, ICO files are converted to and from other file types to use certain images as icons or to save the icon image into an editable or portable format.


A popular program for manipulating ICO files is GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). ICO is supported by Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems. Other programs that can open ICO files include Microsoft Paint, Apple Preview, or IrfanView.


Developed by: Microsoft

Initial Release: 20 November 1985

Useful links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICO_(file_format)

https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/03/operating-system-interface-design-between-1981-2009/


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