How do you show animated GIFs on a Windows Form (c#)


I have a form showing progress messages as a fairly long process runs. It's a call to a web service so I can't really show a percentage complete figure on a progress bar meaningfully. (I don't particularly like the Marquee property of the progress bar)

I would like to show an animated GIF to give the process the feel of some activity (e.g. files flying from one computer to another like Windows copy process).

How do you do this?

10/3/2008 5:03:48 AM

Accepted Answer

It's not too hard.

  1. Drop a picturebox onto your form.
  2. Add the .gif file as the image in the picturebox
  3. Show the picturebox when you are loading.

Things to take into consideration:

  • Disabling the picturebox will prevent the gif from being animated.

Animated gifs:

If you are looking for animated gifs you can generate them here

Another way of doing it:

Another way that I have found that works quite well is the async dialog control that I found on the code project

1/4/2016 9:19:37 PM

I had the same problem. Whole form (including gif) stopping to redraw itself because of long operation working in the background. Here is how i solved this.

  private void MyThreadRoutine()
   //your long running process

  private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   ThreadStart myThreadStart = new ThreadStart(MyThreadRoutine);
   Thread myThread = new Thread(myThreadStart);

I simply created another thread to be responsible for this operation. Thanks to this initial form continues redrawing without problems (including my gif working). ShowProgressGifDelegate and HideProgressGifDelegate are delegates in form that set visible property of pictureBox with gif to true/false.

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