Easily optimize images using PHP

1.2.0 2019-08-28 14:33 UTC


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This package can optimize PNGs, JPGs, SVGs and GIFs by running them through a chain of various image optimization tools. Here's how you can use it:

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\OptimizerChainFactory;

$optimizerChain = OptimizerChainFactory::create();


The image at $pathToImage will be overwritten by an optimized version which should be smaller. The package will automatically detect which optimization binaries are installed on your system and use them.

Here are some example conversions that have been done by this package.

Loving Laravel? Then head over to the Laravel specific integration.

Using WordPress? Then try out the WP CLI command.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require xbing2002/image-optimizer dev-master

Optimization tools

The package will use these optimizers if they are present on your system:

Here's how to install all the optimizers on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install jpegoptim
sudo apt-get install optipng
sudo apt-get install pngquant
sudo npm install -g svgo
sudo apt-get install gifsicle
sudo apt-get install webp

And here's how to install the binaries on MacOS (using Homebrew):

brew install jpegoptim
brew install optipng
brew install pngquant
brew install svgo
brew install gifsicle
brew install webp

Which tools will do what?

The package will automatically decide which tools to use on a particular image.


JPGs will be made smaller by running them through JpegOptim. These options are used:

  • -m85: this will store the image with 85% quality. This setting seems to satisfy Google's Pagespeed compression rules
  • --strip-all: this strips out all text information such as comments and EXIF data
  • --all-progressive: this will make sure the resulting image is a progressive one, meaning it can be downloaded using multiple passes of progressively higher details.


PNGs will be made smaller by running them through two tools. The first one is Pngquant 2, a lossy PNG compressor. We set no extra options, their defaults are used. After that we run the image through a second one: Optipng. These options are used:

  • -i0: this will result in a non-interlaced, progressive scanned image
  • -o2: this set the optimization level to two (multiple IDAT compression trials)


SVGs will be minified by SVGO. SVGO's default configuration will be used, with the omission of the cleanupIDs plugin because that one is known to cause troubles when displaying multiple optimized SVGs on one page.

Please be aware that SVGO can break your svg. You'll find more info on that in this excellent blogpost by Sara Soueidan.


GIFs will be optimized by Gifsicle. These options will be used:

  • -O3: this sets the optimization level to Gifsicle's maximum, which produces the slowest but best results


WEBPs will be optimized by Cwebp. These options will be used:

  • -m 6 for the slowest compression method in order to get the best compression.
  • -pass 10 for maximizing the amount of analysis pass.
  • -mt multithreading for some speed improvements.
  • -q 90 Quality factor that brings the least noticeable changes.

(Settings are original taken from here)


This is the default way to use the package:

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\OptimizerChainFactory;

$optimizerChain = OptimizerChainFactory::create();


The image at $pathToImage will be overwritten by an optimized version which should be smaller.

The package will automatically detect which optimization binaries are installed on your system and use them.

To keep the original image, you can pass through a second argumentoptimize:

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\OptimizerChainFactory;

$optimizerChain = OptimizerChainFactory::create();

$optimizerChain->optimize($pathToImage, $pathToOutput);

In that example the package won't touch $pathToImage and write an optimized version to $pathToOutput.

Setting a timeout

You can set the maximum of time in seconds that each individual optimizer in a chain can use by calling setTimeout:


In this example each optimizer in the chain will get a maximum 10 seconds to do it's job.

Creating your own optimization chains

If you want to customize the chain of optimizers you can do so by adding Optimizers manually to an OptimizerChain.

Here's an example where we only want optipng and jpegoptim to be used:

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\OptimizerChain;
use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Jpegoptim;
use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Pngquant;

$optimizerChain = (new OptimizerChain)
   ->addOptimizer(new Jpegoptim([

   ->addOptimizer(new Pngquant([

Notice that you can pass the options an Optimizer should use to its constructor.

Writing a custom optimizers

Want to use another command line utility to optimize your images? No problem. Just write your own optimizer. An optimizer is any class that implements the Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Optimizer interface:

namespace Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers;

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Image;

interface Optimizer
     * Returns the name of the binary to be executed.
     * @return string
    public function binaryName(): string;

     * Determines if the given image can be handled by the optimizer.
     * @param \Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Image $image
     * @return bool
    public function canHandle(Image $image): bool;

     * Set the path to the image that should be optimized.
     * @param string $imagePath
     * @return $this
    public function setImagePath(string $imagePath);

     * Set the options the optimizer should use.
     * @param array $options
     * @return $this
    public function setOptions(array $options = []);

     * Get the command that should be executed.
     * @return string
    public function getCommand(): string;

If you want to view an example implementation take a look at the existing optimizers shipped with this package.

You can easily add your optimizer by using the addOptimizer method on an OptimizerChain.

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\ImageOptimizerFactory;

$optimizerChain = OptimizerChainFactory::create();

   ->addOptimizer(new YourCustomOptimizer())

Logging the optimization process

By default the package will not throw any errors and just operate silently. To verify what the package is doing you can set a logger:

use Spatie\ImageOptimizer\OptimizerChainFactory;

$optimizerChain = OptimizerChainFactory::create();

   ->useLogger(new MyLogger())

A logger is a class that implements Psr\Log\LoggerInterface. A good logging library that's fully compliant is Monolog. The package will write to log which Optimizers are used, which commands are executed and their output.

Example conversions

Here are some real life example conversions done by this package.


Original: Photoshop 'Save for web' | PNG-24 with transparency
40 KB


16 KB (40%)



Original: Photoshop 'Save for web' | quality 60, optimized
547 KB


525 KB (95%)


credits: Jeff Sheldon, via Unsplash


Original: Illustrator | Web optimized SVG export
26 KB


20 KB (76%)



Original: WebPonize
528 KB


328 KB (89%)


credits: Jeff Sheldon, via Unsplash


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email freek@spatie.be instead of using the issue tracker.


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Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

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This package has been inspired by psliwa/image-optimizer

Emotional support provided by Joke Forment

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