10 Best GIF Creating Tools and Apps

Want to create a GIF?

These animated, silent loops have become an emotional currency on the web, allowing people to react in ways words just don’t allow.

But if you can’t find the perfect GIF for your current feeling, why not create one yourself?

Today, we’re going to look at several web apps, desktop applications for both PC and Mac, and mobile applications for both iOS and Android. Make some noise folks, it’s Showtime!

Screen To GIF


With Screen to GIF, you can select a portion of your screen and record anything that happens in that specific area — or at least that’s the idea. The software functions as a simple Windows application, one that makes GIF creation simple. Start the program and you’ll have a few options.

The first option, Recorder, lets us pick a region of the screen to record. The second, Webcam, lets you record GIFs using your computer’s camera. Board lets you record yourself drawing, and Editorlets you edit existing GIFs

To get started, click Recorder. You’ll see a frame window, which you can resize to select your desired portion of the screen.

Fit this over a video you’d like to turn into a GIF, or into a region of the screen you’ like to record. Then, when you’re ready, hit the Record button. Hit stop when you’ve got what you want, and you’ll be taken to the editing screen.

From here, you can delete sections of your recording, and do things like add captions. A ribbon-based interface means fans of Microsoft Office will feel right at home.

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If you want an even simpler way to record a portion of your screen, RecordIT is what you’re looking for. This simple application lives in the tray or menu bar, and allows you to start recording with just a couple of clicks.

Once installed, click Record, and pick a region of the screen to record. When the recording is done, click the resulting notification to see the result online. From here, you can easily share your creation, or download it for future use.

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GIF Toaster


If you’ve already got a video — or a collection of photos — that you’d like to turn into a GIF, GIF Toaster can help. This free app lets you turn existing content on your phone into sharable GIFs, all in just a few taps.

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Giphy Cam

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If you want to record a video of yourself to make into a GIF, all from the comfort of your iPhone, check out Giphy Cam. This app from Giphy lets you quickly create a recording, add a caption or effects, and upload the result to the infamous search engine. Giphy doesn’t make a version of its app for Android users, though there are other options out there.

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If you want to record yourself, add a few filters, and send a GIF to a friend, GifBoom is what you’re looking for. Sure, you’ll find a lot of nonsense — and a few NSFW posts — in the “popular” section of the app, but if you want to create a GIF with your camera and quickly share it with the web, GifBoom is well worth checking out.

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If GifBoom’s cluttered interface leaves you wanting something cleaner, check out GIF Me. This material designed Android application lets you quickly record a GIF and share it with anyone. You can also import videos taken earlier, or put some photos together to make a slideshow GIF. Results can be shared easily, making this a great all-around tool for creating GIFs on your phone.

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