How to convert WEBP image format to JPG, PNG (or any other format)

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Why WEBP? The format introduces improvements on many fronts, based on Google. For example, it supports both lossy and lossless compression, and will result in a file size saving of 45% over PNG (preserving transparency) and 28% within the same PNG’s which can be re-compressed with compression tools (source: Wikipedia).

While Google’s introduced the WEBP image format this year, it seems to have taken a little while to become more widely used on the internet. If you have come across WEBP and, at all like me, found out that your image conversion and editing programs will not recognize or convert it with other formats, this post will suggest a number of ways to acheive it.

Interestingly, a WEBP codec can be acquired for Windows, which offers WEBP support for assorted common Windows applications (e.g. Windows Photo Viewer, MS Office 2010, and FastPictureViewer). It also adds WEBP thumbnail preview support in Windows Explorer, but won't really help much if you want to convert from WEBP; for doing that you can use among the FREE converters/image viewers below.


List of free converters that support WEBP as source:

It was strangely nearly impossible to find freeware programs/services that support WEBP conversion, but here’s a list of desktop an internet-based converters that do (at the time of Nov 2013; others may have followed suite while you read this).

Name
Platform
Note

Picasa
Windows, Mac
You probably know Google's Image Management Suite, so you probably guessed it supports WEBP conversion.

ImageMagick
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
Comes in command line form but there are numerous GUI front ends which can be available.

XnConvert
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
My free Converter of choice; simple, multiplatform, as well as a delight to make use of

XNView
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
One in the world's best freeware image viewing programs, supports WEBP, are capable of doing conversions.

NConvert
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
Command line utility from the makers of XNConvert and XNView.

FastPictureViewer
Windows
An image viewer that could open WEBP in case you install the aforementioned WEBP codec, and supports saving images into other formats. Note that the 'standard' version is free of charge; simply let the PRO version expire and it'll revert to the free version.

IrfanView
Windows
This very well known and versatile freeware image viewer for Windows supports viewing and converting WEBP.

GIMP
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
The world's most well known free/open source bitmap editor and Photoshop alternative, supports and will convert WEBP

Paint.NET
Windows, Mac, Linux, Others
The world's SECOND most well known free/open source bitmap editor and Photoshop alternative, supports and can convert WEBP (although you may need to install this plugin).

RWPaint
Windows
Despite the heavy hitter free Photoshop alternatives above, this system is my favorite bitmap editor and also the one I use. Supports which enable it to convert WEBP

WebP Utility
Windows
A small program from Google that are able to do WEBP conversion from your command line.

Cloudconvert.org
Online
Online conversion service, can convert WEBP.

Online-convert.com
Online
Online conversion service, can convert WEBP.

Zamzar.com
Online
Online conversion service, can convert WEBP.


Our Recommendation: use XNConvert

For these reasons:


  • It is multiplatform: Windows/Mac/Linux and others.

  • Is a separate converter: not an image viewer, image manager, or image editor

  • Easy to utilize: drag and drop.

  • Can convert in batch.

  • Supports every output image format under the sun (500+).

  • Is fast and reliable

  • Portable version available; as is 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions.


Step by Step conversion instructions: simple, self explanatory, and in all likelihood not needed, but here goes.

(1) Download and install XNConvert, or utilize the portable version.
(2) Run the program and drag and drop the pictures you want to convert to the interface (understand the screenshot below)

XnConvert Screenshot1

(3) Go to the ‘Output’ tab and select the format you want in the dropdown (as in the screenshot below)

XnConvert Screenshot2

(4) Finally, within the same ‘Output’ tab, click on the ‘Convert’ button on the bottom right, and you also’re done.

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