I saw that search for: filetype:gif or *.gif return me GIF files but there are GIF files that aren't animated.

There's a way to search from advanced image search by selecting images and then select: animated gif.

Is there a way to search just for animated GIFs from the search box? For example: someSearchTerms filetype:animatedgif.


2 Answers 2


It doesn't seems to be possible in one time as you want, but here's the closest solution:

Update: The type now is GIF: enter image description here

Find a GIF

Go to Google Images. Click "Search tools" and then "Type." Then check off "Animated." Prepare to impress.


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Note: There might be an extension that can do that, or that such one can be created.

  • Thank you for you answer. I've rewrite my original question. Is there a way to search for it directly from the search box? Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 8:50
  • Doesn't seem to be possible. I updated my answer Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 8:57
  • That option is not available for me (the huff post article it comes from is from 2014, so understandable that it has changed since then).
    – stevec
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 22:06
  • @stevec I updated my answer, they just changed the type name from animated to gif :) Commented Feb 11, 2020 at 12:21


You can use this custom search engine setting in your browser:


And then use in search box

gif cat


To set up in Chrome:

  1. Open Settings - Search engine - Manage search engines.

  2. Click Add.

  3. Fill fields:

    3.1 Search engine: Google Images GIF

    3.2 Keyword: gif

    3.3 URL with %s in place of query: https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&tbm=isch&tbs=itp%3Aanimated

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  1. Save by clicking Add.

  2. Open new tab and enter

gif cat

  1. Press Enter to perform search.

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