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How can I preview an animated GIF? When I double-click it, it opens in Preview and is not animated, showing each frame as a separate image instead of playing the animation. As an example, here is the image I was trying to preview (so you can try it yourself).

Is there some way to get Preview to play the animated GIF, or if not, what's the best app to imitate Preview in this one instance? (i.e. something that will quickly open and play the GIF, I don't care about editing and whatnot)

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Right-click it, go to the Open With menu, and choose Safari (or your other favorite Web browser).

It should open quickly, and will play the animation.
No internet connection is required if you have a local copy of the image.

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Or simply drag and drop it into an open Safari window. This works fine with other browsers, such a Firefox and Chrome. –  lhf May 29 '13 at 13:01

In Mountain Lion and Mavericks, Mac's own Quick Look has GIF support, so clicking     space     or +Y while the GIF is selected will play it. It might take a second or two to load though, depending on the size of the GIF.

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I'm using this QuickLook plugin.

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+1. It works nicely. I wish it would preview in cover flow view as well though. –  Harv Jan 13 '11 at 9:46

Select the GIF (single click) in the Finder, then hit the space bar to bring up the GIF in Quick Look, which enables the animation.

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You can also preview in Terminal qlmanage -p awesomegif.gif

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