Is there a way to duplicate frames in an animated gif by a given number? For example, the below gif has four frames.

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I want each frame to be repeated three times, in effect sowing it down, as in the example below.

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Is there a way to do this using imagemagick, gifsicle or some other open source software that runs on linux desktops in the command line?

(I'm aware that you can set a delay/duration for each frame but in this instance I need to duplicate frames instead of changing their durations)

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    Duplicating frames is an inefficient way to slow down a gif, because it will result in a larger file size in comparison to simply increasing the frame delay. Why do you need to do that?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 14:28

1 Answer 1


Reposting (with permission) mathr's answer from Mastodon

Save the code below to script.sh


# 1. get input frame count (note two spaces after the "\")
count=$(gifsicle --info < input.gif | grep "<stdin>" | cut -d\  -f 3)

# 2. define how many times to repeat frames

# 3. construct new frame list
frames=$(for i in $(seq 0 $((count - 1)))
        for j in $(seq $((repeats)))
            do echo "#$i"

# 4. use gifsicle to duplicate frames (note no quotes around $frames)

gifsicle < input.gif $frames > output.gif

On the original gif it produces the following output, where each frame has been repeated 5 times.

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