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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

imagecreatefromgif -- Create a new image from file or URL


resource imagecreatefromgif ( string filename )

imagecreatefromgif() returns an image identifier representing the image obtained from the given filename.

imagecreatefromgif() returns an empty string on failure. It also outputs an error message, which unfortunately displays as a broken link in a browser. To ease debugging the following example will produce an error GIF:

Example 1. Example to handle an error during creation

function LoadGif ($imgname) 
    $im = @imagecreatefromgif ($imgname); /* Attempt to open */
    if (!$im) { /* See if it failed */
        $im = imagecreatetruecolor (150, 30); /* Create a blank image */
        $bgc = imagecolorallocate ($im, 255, 255, 255);
        $tc = imagecolorallocate ($im, 0, 0, 0);
        imagefilledrectangle ($im, 0, 0, 150, 30, $bgc);
        /* Output an errmsg */
        imagestring ($im, 1, 5, 5, "Error loading $imgname", $tc);
    return $im;

Note: GIF support was removed from the GD library in Version 1.6, and added back in Version 2.0.28. This function is not available between these versions.

Tip: You can use a URL as a filename with this function if the fopen wrappers have been enabled. See fopen() for more details on how to specify the filename and Appendix M for a list of supported URL protocols.


Windows versions of PHP prior to PHP 4.3.0 do not support accessing remote files via this function, even if allow_url_fopen is enabled.

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006