Converting WebP Images to PNG on Linux: A Comprehensive Guide


If you’re working with images on Linux, you might often encounter WebP format, which is known for its efficient compression. However, there might be instances where you need to convert these WebP images to more widely supported formats like PNG. In this guide, we’ll explore how to convert WebP images to PNG using various tools available on Linux, with a special focus on ImageMagick. We’ll also show you how to automate the conversion process for all WebP images in a directory.

Installing the Required Tools

Before we dive into the conversion process, we need to ensure that the necessary tools are installed. We will use `ffmpeg`, `imagemagick`, and `dwebp` from WebP tools for our conversions.

  1. Installing ffmpeg:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install ffmpeg
  2. Installing ImageMagick:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install imagemagick
  3. Installing WebP tools:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install webp

Converting WebP to PNG Using `ffmpeg`

Once `ffmpeg` is installed, converting a WebP image to PNG is straightforward:

ffmpeg -i input.webp output.png

For converting to JPEG, you can use:

ffmpeg -i input.webp output.jpg

Converting WebP to PNG Using ImageMagick

ImageMagick provides a powerful way to handle image conversions:

convert input.webp output.png

For JPEG conversion:

convert input.webp output.jpg

Converting WebP to PNG Using dwebp

The `dwebp` tool from the WebP package can also be used for conversion:

dwebp input.webp -o output.png

To convert to JPEG, first convert to PPM and then to JPEG:

dwebp input.webp -o output.ppm
convert output.ppm output.jpg

Automating the Conversion for All WebP Images in a Directory

To convert all WebP images in the current directory to PNG, you can use a shell script or a one-liner command.

Using a Shell Script

  1. Create the script:
  2. Add the following content:
       for file in *.webp; do
           if [ -f "$file" ]; then
               convert "$file" "${file%.webp}.png"
               echo "Converted $file to ${file%.webp}.png"
  3. Make the script executable and run it:
    chmod +x

Using a One-Liner Command

Alternatively, use a one-liner command in the terminal:

for file in *.webp; do convert "$file" "${file%.webp}.png"; done


Converting WebP images to PNG on Linux is a simple task with the right tools. Whether you prefer `ffmpeg`, `imagemagick`, or `dwebp`, each method provides an efficient way to handle image format conversions. Automating the process for multiple images can save you a lot of time and effort. We hope this guide helps streamline your image processing tasks on Linux.