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GIF Repair | How to Repair Corrupted GIF Files

If you get a corrupted GIF file and you want to repair it, read this page. You can get at least four useful solutions to repair a GIF and restore deleted or lost GIF step by step. Read on to get more information for GIF repair.

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GIFs are widely used in our daily life. You can see GIFs on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more. GIFs often contain material from film and television media. But sometimes, you may encounter this situation - GIFs get damaged or corrupted. Here is an example:

how to repair a gif file

"I'm trying to manipulate an image generated by the MapQuest traffic API. The image file that page generates appears to be corrupted (but not consistently). I can never edit it with ImageMagick, GIFLIB, PIL, or Photoshop."

Common Causes Of GIF Corruption

Before you are going to repair a GIF, you must learn about the reasons. Many times people are unable to access it because of various reasons:

  • Corruption of image files
  • Hard drive or driver failure
  • Deletion of the GIF files 
  • Inappropriate operations
  • Malware or virus attack
  • Other unknown reasons

Now that you have learned the causes of a damaged GIF, you can fix and repair the GIF, or other JPG/JPEG files with these solutions below. Sometimes, a one-click restart can help you solve many problems. Before you are trying any other methods, try to restart your system first.

Method 1. Repair GIF with a GIF Repair Tool

The easiest way to restore and repair a GIF file is to use a GIF file repair tool. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is my recommendation. This software can help repair broken GIF files and fix other image file formats such as JPG and JPEG. Besides, it can repair MP4 and MOV videos, whether they are corrupt, damaged, or broken. It supports the most widely used camera brands, including Canon, GoPro, and DJI. Get more information from the table below:

Features Details
Supported image formats JPEG, JPG, and GIFs
Supported brands Canon, GoPro, and DJI
Supported devices Cameras, dash cams, hard drive, sd card, memory card and more
Supported situation Repair damaged or corrupt photos and videos.

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Steps to repair a GIF/image file:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software. Select a hard drive that contains broken photos files and click "Scan". 

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select "Pictures" to find your corrupted phots that can be in a variety of formats, JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, and more. Or, you can click "Search files or folders" in the upper right corner to search for files. 

look for damaged photos

Step 3. Double-click on a damaged picture to repair and preview the file. Then, click "Recover" to save images to a different location.

repair and recover photos

Method 2. Repair GIF Files Online 

If you prefer to repair GIF files online, you can turn to EZGIF. This tool allows you to repair corrupted GIF files or files which some programs can't properly understand (for example, some Java applications). 

Limitation: The max GIF file size is 35MB

Steps to perform a GIF repair online:

Step 1. Choose the GIF file.

Step 2. Click "Upload".

Step 3. Select the "Repair method" according to your needs.

  • Drop corrupt frames
  • Reset color tables
  • ImageMagick coalesce
  • Gifsicle unoptimized

Step 4. Click "Submit" and save the output image after repair.

repair gif online

Method 3. Convert GIF File To Another File Format

Another effective way to solve your problem is by converting GIF to other formats like MOV, MKV, MP4, AVI, and more. The easiest way to convert GIF to MOV, AVI, MKV, and more is to use a free GIF converter - EaseUS Video Editor. With it, you can convert GIF to other formats, edit a GIF file, merge GIFs and edit videos. See how to convert GIF to different formats:

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

import file

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the video to the track as you want.

add to project

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.


Step 4. Save as MP4/AVI/WMV/MKV/MOV/GIF

Under the "Video" tab, choose a file format among the available options as the desired video file format. 

add to project

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings and then click "Export".

add to project

Method 4. Run SFC Scannow to Repair GIFs

You might encounter a corrupt GIF or any other type of file corruption if you have disk error. You can run System File Checker to repair missing or corrupted files.

Step 1. Press the "Windows" key and type cmd.

Step 2. Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 3. Enter the following command: sfc /scannow

run sfc scan now


That is all the way to recover deleted GIF and repair corrupt GIFs or images. Explore and share the best GIFs repair tool in this post. If you still have other problems or suggestions, you can send us an email.

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GIF Repair Frequently Asked Questions

How do I uncorrupt a GIF?

To uncorrupt a GIF:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Use EaseUS GIF repair software.
  3. Try an online repair tool.
  4. Convert GIF to another format
  5. Run SFC Scannow

How can I repair corrupted photos?

To repair corrupted photos:

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS data recovery software.

Step 2. Choose the correct drive, which contains the corrupted photos.

Step 3. Click "Scan". Wait patiently until the repair ends.

Step 4. Double-click on a file lets you preview the file quality. Finally, if there is no problem at all, click "Recover".

Why are gifs so low quality?

GIF images can only display 256 shades and colors at the same time, instead of the 16 million shades and colors that the 24-bit graphics today's computers use.

What is the best gif maker?

Top 10 best GIF maker:

  1. 1. EaseUS Video Editor
  2. 2. ScreenToGif
  3. 3. EASY GIF Animator
  4. 4. PhotoScape
  5. 5. SSuite Gif Animator
  6. 6. Picasion
  7. 7. GifPal
  8. 8. GIMP
  9. 9. MakeAGif
  10. 10. GifGear
  11. 11. Imgur

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