Automate PNG & JPG Image Optimization


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If you are a web developer, you already know how important to reduce the image size by compressing the image. When you are checking the page speed using the tool like “Google PageSpeed Insight” or “Yahoo YSlow”, you can see how many bytes we can save by compressing the image.

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Images saved from programs like Fireworks can contain kilobytes of extra comments, and use too many colors, even though a reduction in the color palette may not perceptibly reduce image quality. Improperly optimized images can take up more space than they need to; for users on slow connections, it is especially important to keep image sizes to a minimum.

You should perform both basic and advanced optimization on all images. Basic optimization includes cropping unnecessary space, reducing the color depth to the lowest acceptable level, removing image comments, and saving the image to an appropriate format. You can perform basic optimization with any image editing program, such as GIMP.  Advanced optimization involves further (lossless) compression of JPEG and PNG files. You should see a benefit for any image file that can reduced by 25 bytes or more (less than this may not result in any appreciable performance gain). Optimize images >

There are some online tools like “Yahoo” use lossless compression techniques and reduce file size by removing the unnecessary bytes from the image. However, if you want to make it automate, how do you do that? Several standalone tools are available that perform lossless compression on JPEG and PNG files.

For JPG Google recommended using,

  • Jpegtran – available for both Windows and Linux and Mac
  • Jpegoptim – available only on Linux

For PNG Google recommended using,

Using the code

Here I wrote a windows batch file that recursively search the given folder and optimized the JPEG and PNG files.

  1. Download jpegtran, OptPNG and PNGOUT executable files. (Or download attached zip file all the necessary files already included)
  2. Create a folder “ImageOptimization” in your C:\ Drive. (You can change those name and folder location by editing the batch file content) and put above downloaded utility files there.
  3. Create a batch file “optimize.bat” within the folder and copy following code into it
    @echo none
    REM Optimizing JPEG with jpegtran
    forfiles /p %1 /s /m "*.jpg" /c "cmd /c  echo processing @path && D:\ImageOptimization\jpegtran.exe -optimize -progressive -copy none -outfile @path @path"
    REM Optimizing PNG with pngout
    forfiles /p %1 /s /m "*.png" /c "cmd /c  echo processing @path && D:\ImageOptimization\pngout.exe @path"
    REM Optimizing PNG with optipng
    rem forfiles /p %1 /s /m "*.png" /c "cmd /c  echo processing @path && D:\ImageOptimization\optipng.exe -force -o7 @path"

    Although I included both PNGOUT and OPTPNG in the script you no need to use both.

  4. Finally, you can execute the bat file by passing the image folder you wish to optimize
    optimize.bat “D:\image”

How it works

  • forfiles command – Select a file (or set of files) and execute a command on each file (Batch processing) Refer:
  • %1 – accept the folder as a parameter. In above example, this equals to “D:\Image”

forfiles command find all the images in the given directory (recursively) and execute the optimizing executable by passing the image as a parameter to them (@path).


  1. You can further improve by adding this batch command as a context menu command
  2. Alternatively, even you can use a scheduler (e.g. Windows scheduler) to find the daily updated file and optimize them by slightly modifying the forfiles command with “/d” option.