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#title: "Batch Converting Images to webp with macOS Automator" layout: post summary: "An easy-to-follow tutorial on setting up batch webp conversion of images on MacOS"

A great deal of my time working as a web/UI designer is spent exporting and/or converting images for software products and websites. Although a lot of modern applications can render image conversions at build time, a custom conversion is sometimes requested for an image to be set as webp.

You could download one of the many native apps from the Mac App Store to do this for you - but why not create your own script and run it with a simple right-click directly inside Finder? Let's do just that!

#Basic requirements

Important!: As of this time of writing, the official libwebp package release is libwebp-1.2.1-mac-10.15. If this has been updated since then, change the command below to match that of the proper release version.

  1. First you will need to download the libwebp package to your Downloads folder: developers.google.com/speed/webp/download
  • Look for the "Download for macOS link"
  1. Next we will need to copy the cwebp folder to our /usr/local/bin directory:
  • Open macOS Terminal
  • Run sudo cp /Downloads/libwebp-1.2.1-mac-10.15/bin/cwebp /user/local/bin
  • Note: if the /usr/local/bin directory doesn't exist, simply create it by running: sudo cd /usr/local && mkdir bin

#Creating our custom Automator script

  1. Open the macOS Automator from the Applications folder

  2. Select Quick Option from the first prompt

  3. Set "Workflow recieves current" to image files

  4. Set the label "in" to Finder

  5. From the left pane, select "Library > Utilities"

  6. From the presented choices in the next pane, drag and drop Run Shell Script into the far right pane

  7. Set the area "Pass input" to as arguments

  8. Enter the following code below as your script and type ⌘-S to save (name it something like "Convert to webp")

for f in "$@"
do
/usr/local/bin/cwebp -q 85 "$f" -o "${f%.*}.webp"
done

For visual reference, it should look something like this:

{% cloudinary /public/images/automator.webp alt="Automator quick action" %}

And when right-clicking an image file in the Finder window, it should now give you the option to convert:

{% cloudinary /public/images/automator-2.webp alt="Right click to convert to webp" %}

#Making edits to your script

If you ever have the need to edit this script (for example, changing the default 85 quality parameter), you will need to navigate to your ~/Library/Services folder and open your custom webp Quick Action in the Automator application.

Simple as that!