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Sunday, 13 March 2016


lightweight lossless file minifier.

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Leanify is a lightweight lossless file minifier/optimizer. It removes unnecessary data (debug information, comments, metadata, etc.) and recompress the file to reduce file size. It will not reduce image quality at all.


  • Support recursive minifying. (e.g. a PNG inside an APK inside a ZIP)
  • Support a wide variety of file formats.
  • Lightweight, one file, under 1MB, no external dependency.
  • Everything is done in memory, no temporary files.
  • Cross-Platform, support Windows, Linux, Mac.
  • Support traverse directory recursively.
  • Ability to identify file format by its data instead of name.


I'm not respossible for any consequence of using Leanify.

File Formats

APK file (.apk)

It is based on ZIP.
Note that modifying files inside APK will break digital signature. To install it, you'll have to sign it again.
If you don't want to modify any files inside APK, use -d 1 option.

Comic book archive (.cbt, .cbz)

cbt is based on tarcbz is based on ZIP.

Microsoft Office document 2007-2013 (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx)

It is based on XML and ZIP.
Office document 1997-2003 (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is not supported.

Design Web Format (.dwf, dwfx)

It is based on ZIP.

EPUB file (.epub)

It is based on ZIP.

FictionBook (.fb2,

It is based on XML.
Leanify embedded images.

GFT file (.gft)

It's an image container format found in Tencent QQ.
Leanify the image inside.

gzip file (.gz, .tgz)

Leanify file inside and recompress deflate stream.
Remove all optional section: FEXTRAFNAMEFCOMMENTFHCRC.

Icon file (.ico)

Leanify PNG inside, if any.

Java archive (.jar)

It is based on ZIP.

JPEG image (.jpeg, .jpg, .jpe, .jif, .jfif, .jfi, .thm)

Remove all application markers (e.g. Exif) and comments.
Optimize with mozjpeg.

Lua object file (.lua, .luac)

Remove all debugging information:
  • Source name
  • Line defined and last line defined
  • Source line position list
  • Local list
  • Upvalue list

OpenDocument (.odt, .ods, .odp, .odb, .odg, .odf)

It is based on XML and ZIP.

PE file (.exe, .dll, .sys, .ocx, .scr, .cpl)

Leanify embedded resource.
Remove Relocation Table in executable file.
Remove undocumented Rich Header.
Overlap PE Header and DOS Header.

PNG image (.png, .apng)

Remove all ancillary chunks except for:
  • tRNS: transparent information
  • fdATfcTLacTL: These chunks are used by APNG
  • npTc: Android 9Patch images (*.9.png)
Optimize with ZopfliPNG.

RDB archive (.rdb)

It is an archive format found in Tencent QQ.
Leanify all files inside.

Flash file (.swf)

Leanify embedded images.
Recompress it with LZMA.
Remove Metadata Tag.

SVG image (.svg, .svgz)

It is based on XML.
Remove metadata.
Remove empty attributes.

tar archive (.tar)

Leanify all files inside.

XML document (.xml, .xsl, .xslt)

Remove all comments, unnecessary spaces, tabs, line breaks.

XPInstall (.xpi)

It is based on ZIP.
Note that modifying files inside xpi will break digital signature if exist. To install it, you'll have to either delete the META-INF folder inside xpi or sign it again.

XPS document (.xps, .oxps)

It is based on XML and ZIP.

ZIP archive (.zip)

Leanify all files inside and recompress deflate stream using Zopfli.
Remove extra field in Local file header.
Remove Data descriptor structure, write those information to Local file header.
Remove extra field and file comment in Central directory file header.
Remove comment in End of central directory record.

To do list

BMP image (.bmp, .dib)

GIF image (.gif)

Microsoft Compound File Binary

PDF document (.pdf)



Usage: leanify [options] paths
  -i, --iteration <iteration>   More iterations produce better result, but
                                  use more time, default is 15.
  -d, --max_depth <max depth>   Maximum recursive depth, unlimited by default.
                                  Set to 1 will disable recursive minifying.
  -f, --fastmode                Fast mode, no recompression.
  -q, --quiet                   No output to stdout.
  -v, --verbose                 Verbose output.
  --keep-exif                   Do not remove Exif.



  • Visual Studio 2015 or up
    Use Leanify.vcxproj
  • gcc 4.7 or up
    run build_gcc.bat

Linux, Mac