PNG or Portable Network Graphics is a raster image file format that is meant to replace
PNG utilise lossless image compression which results in high quality image though sometimes can be relatively big in size.
Tools such as
pngng can further reduce the size of a
PNG image in
Linux by performing lossy and lossless compression.
pngquant seem to be able to optimize the file size the most without sacrificing much on quality.
Steps to compress PNG image and reduce file size in Linux:
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install --assume-yes pngquant [sudo] password for user: Hit:1 http://jp.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu disco InRelease libimagequant0 The following NEW packages will be installed: libimagequant0 pngquant 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 50.6 kB of archives. After this operation, 141 kB of additional disk space will be used. ##### snipped
$ ls -lh filename.png -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 401K Jul 18 08:32 filename.png
$ pngquant filename.png
Further options for
$ pngquant --help pngquant, 2.12.0 (January 2018), by Kornel Lesinski, Greg Roelofs. Compiled with no support for color profiles. Using libpng 1.6.36. usage: pngquant [options] [ncolors] -- pngfile [pngfile ...] pngquant [options] [ncolors] - >stdout <stdin options: --force overwrite existing output files (synonym: -f) --skip-if-larger only save converted files if they're smaller than original --output file destination file path to use instead of --ext (synonym: -o) --ext new.png set custom suffix/extension for output filenames --quality min-max don't save below min, use fewer colors below max (0-100) --speed N speed/quality trade-off. 1=slow, 3=default, 11=fast & rough --nofs disable Floyd-Steinberg dithering --posterize N output lower-precision color (e.g. for ARGB4444 output) --strip remove optional metadata (default on Mac) --verbose print status messages (synonym: -v) Quantizes one or more 32-bit RGBA PNGs to 8-bit (or smaller) RGBA-palette. The output filename is the same as the input name except that it ends in "-fs8.png", "-or8.png" or your custom extension (unless the input is stdin, in which case the quantized image will go to stdout). If you pass the special output path "-" and a single input file, that file will be processed and the quantized image will go to stdout. The default behavior if the output file exists is to skip the conversion; use --force to overwrite. See man page for full list of options.
$ ls -lh filename*.png -rw-rw-r-- 1 user user 104K Jul 18 08:35 filename-fs8.png -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 401K Jul 18 08:32 filename.png
-fs8 is appended to the compressed filename by default.
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