Creating and using webp images

Usage in HTML

<!-- For browsers tat support it, just use a .webp image as src -->
<img src="img/WebPimage.webp" alt="WebP rules." />

Safari, iOS Safari, IE, IE Mobile, Firefox, and Firefox for Android have zero support for webp as of this writing on January 04, 2019.

<!-- Using webp images with fallback -->
  <source srcset="img/WebPimage.webp" type="image/webp">
  <source srcset="img/creakyOldJPEG.jpg" type="image/jpeg"> 
  <img src="img/creakyOldJPEG.jpg" alt="Alt Text!">

The browsers that support <picture> will choose the most adequate image to display. The ones that don’t will just show the <img> <src>

The HTML <picture> element contains zero or more <source> elements and one <img> element to provide versions of an image for different display/device scenarios.

<source> works with <picture>, <audio> and <video> and is used when you want to specify the same media content in different formats supported by different browsers

<video controls
    <source src="/media/examples/flower.webm"
    <source src="/media/examples/flower.mp4"
    This browser does not support the HTML5 video element.

Converting images to webp on Linux

# install the tools
sudo apt install -y webp

# convert all files in a folder from webp to png
find ./ -name "*.webp" -exec dwebp {} -o {}.png \;

# convert all JPEGs to webp
find ./ -name "*.jpg" -exec cwebp -q 70 {} -o {}.webp \;
  • For JPEGs, use lossy, for PNGs use lossless
  • -q is for quality factor (0:small..100:big), default=75
  • cwebp is for compressing an image file to a WebP file
  • dwebp is for decompressing a WebP file to an image file
  • vwebp is for decompressing a WebP file and displaying it in a window