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imagewebpOutput an WebP image to browser or file


bool imagewebp ( resource $image , string $filename )

Outputs or save an WebP version of the given image.



An image resource, returned by one of the image creation functions, such as imagecreatetruecolor().


The path to save the file to. If not set or NULL, the raw image stream will be outputted directly.

Valor Retornado

Retorna TRUE em caso de sucesso ou FALSE em caso de falha.


Exemplo #1 Saving an WebP file

// Create a blank image and add some text
$im imagecreatetruecolor(12020);
$text_color imagecolorallocate($im2331491);

imagestring($im155,  'WebP with PHP'$text_color);

// Save the image

// Free up memory

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orangefish at sogetthis dot com
1 year ago
WebP is a great file format, but it's basically supported only by Chrome. For WebP files with transparency it's necessary to have PNG fallback for other browsers (otherwise it won't work in iOS, Firefox, IE, etc.).

Regular truecolor PNG with alpha gives pretty large files, but there's a special smaller PNG file variant that can be created by pngquant - a command line utility.

If you have pngquant 1.8 on your server (just get package from official pngquant website), then you can create small fallback images (with quality better than from PHP's libgd):


* Optimizes PNG file with pngquant 1.8 or later (reduces file size of 24-bit/32-bit PNG images).
* You need to install pngquant 1.8.x on the server (ancient version 1.0 won't work).
* There's package for Debian/Ubuntu and RPM for other distributions on
* @param $path_to_png_file string - path to any PNG file, e.g. $_FILE['file']['tmp_name']
* @param $max_quality int - conversion quality, useful values from 60 to 100 (smaller number = smaller file)
* @return string - content of PNG file after conversion
function compress_png($path_to_png_file, $max_quality = 90)
    if (!
file_exists($path_to_png_file)) {
        throw new
Exception("File does not exist: $path_to_png_file");

// guarantee that quality won't be worse than that.
$min_quality = 60;

// '-' makes it use stdout, required to save to $compressed_png_content variable
    // '<' makes it read from the given file path
    // escapeshellarg() makes this safe to use with any path
$compressed_png_content = shell_exec("pngquant --quality=$min_quality-$max_quality - < ".escapeshellarg(    $path_to_png_file));

    if (!
$compressed_png_content) {
        throw new
Exception("Conversion to compressed PNG failed. Is pngquant 1.8+ installed on the server?");


So for example when user is uploading a PNG file:


= $_FILE['file']['tmp_name'];
$save_to_path = "uploads/compressed_file.png";

$compressed_png_content = compress_png($read_from_path);
file_put_contents($save_to_path, $compressed_png_content);

// you don't need move_uploaded_file().

// and for webp:
imagewebp(imagecreatefrompng($read_from_path), $save_to_path + ".webp");

And then you can use URL with .webp version in Chrome and browsers that send Accept: image/webp, and .png for the rest (and all will get small file!)
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