Download and installation

These instructions are only for the Mac version of ImageOptim. See version for your system.

  1. Download ImageOptim archive — it should download within seconds.
  2. Open the downloaded archive (double-click the ImageOptim.tbz2 file after it finishes downloading) — it will reveal
  3. Then drag the icon to Applications, and open it from there.

Click ImageOptim archive in FinderThen click app iconThen click app icon


After launching, drag'n'drop images into its window (if drag'n'drop is not convenient for you, you can press the [+] button in the bottom-left corner instead).

Empty space in the main window

Files are saved automatically. There are no new files generated — the files you drop are optimized in-place.

ImageOptim overwrites the files with their optimized versions. This is safe, because ImageOptim preserves image quality. If you're not comfortable with that, you can create copies of the files before dropping them into ImageOptim. Also, as a precaution, ImageOptim puts original files in the Trash, so you can easly restore them if you ever need to.

Depending on the number and sizes of the files it can take a few seconds or even minutes to process them.

Icons next to the file show optimisation status:

Busy gray spinner= working, please wait (if it takes too long, you can select the file and choose menu FileStop).
Green X= the file is optimal already, so it hasn't been changed. That's normal if you've run ImageOptim on this file before.
Green checkmark = Success! The file has been optimized and saved.

Note that optimizations apply to a particular file. If you change the optimized file (e.g. edit the image or resize it) then you'll need to optimize it again.

Preserving metadata (EXIF, GPS info) and color profiles

By default ImageOptim removes invisible metadata from images, such as EXIF camera information and color profile.

If you want to keep digital camera information (such as GPS position or exposure), or you'd like to keep color profles (to prevent slight shift in color brightness or saturation if images come from an unusual device), or you want to keep authorship information you've embedded in the files, then in Preferences disable stripping of metadata:

Metadata makes files larger. If you're publishing images on the Web, it's best to remove all metadata, because browsers either don't make use of it, or support it poorly.

Currently, ImageOptim doesn't have option to only remove some types of metadata — it's all or nothing.

Uninstalling ImageOptim

In case you don't like ImageOptim (sorry!), you can quit the app and drag to Trash. That's all you need to remove it. But I hope you'll like ImageOptim :)