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Son of GIFV


Animated GIFs are large. The GIFV format introduced by Imgur
solves this problem by converting animated GIFs to MP4 and embedding them in an HTML page. This plugin
leverages the Imgur API to convert animated GIFs hosted on your WordPress site
into locally hosted GIFV URLs.

  • Adds “Convert to GIFV” to the Media Library
  • Creates URLs for converted GIFV files (ex:
  • Twitter card and Facebook opengraph support for sharing
  • WP-CLI support via “gifv”

Plugin name inspired by Son of Clippy

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  • “Convert to GIFV” on a media admin screen
  • “View GIFV” link for a GIF that has been converted
  • “View GIFV” link when viewing a GIF in the media grid
  • Inline “View GIFV” link when viewing the media list
  • Example of the .gifv extension displaying the converted GIF


  1. Upload the son-of-gifv directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Visit Settings > Son of GIFV to configure plugin settings


How does it work?
  1. “Convert GIFV” is selected.
  2. The animated GIF is upload to the Imgur API.
  3. The Imgur API converts it to MP4 format.
  4. The MP4 and a thumbnail are downloaded back into your WordPress site.
  5. The original GIF is flagged with the GIFV information.


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Contributors & Developers

“Son of GIFV” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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v1.0.0 October 1, 2016

  • Initial release