Google implemented the WEBP image format starting with 2010. While it does provide some interesting benefits, it’s still not as popular as they probably hoped it would. Not all apps support this format which is why you might want to convert WEBP images to JPEG or other more widely used formats.
WEBP provides support for both lossy and lossless compression and provides smaller file sizes compared to PNGs for example, while also preserving transparency.
Windows offers WEBP support for several desktop apps with this WEBP codec installed, including Microsoft Office and Windows Photo viewer and there’s even thumbnail preview support for this format in Explorer. Nevertheless, there is no WEBP conversion capability packed into Windows.
How to convert WEBP images to JPG and other formats
If you want to convert WEBP images to JPG or other image formats there are quite a few tools that allow you to do it.
When it comes to WEBP to JPEG conversion, there are several multi-platform apps you can choose from. XnConvert, XnView, ImageMagick, GIMP, Paint.NET, and NConvert are all great options that support Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Picasa is another excellent app for Windows and Mac with this capability.
There are also some Windows-only tools that support WEBP to JPEG conversion such as FastPictureViewer, IrfanView, WebPUtility, and RWPaint. Please keep in mind that some of these apps will require the above-mentioned WEBP codec installed or a plugin to be able to convert WEBP images with them.
Another practical solution would be to use an online converter. While the list of online conversion tools that support WEBP is probably growing as we speak, we recommend you check out Cloudconvert.org, Zamzar.com, and Online-Convert.com.
All of them are reliable options although my favorite and the one I use most often is Online-Convert.com. If you want to convert a WEBP image to JPG, select the JPG converter from the sidebar then load the image or just copy paste its URL if it’s from an online source. Select the quality and optionally tweak the other settings then click the “Convert file” button. That’s it!
If you’d rather use a desktop app to convert WEBP images to JPG or other formats, we recommend XnConvert. Since this is a dedicated converter it’s designed to streamline the conversion process with handy features such as drag and drop as well as batch conversion and an impressive list of supported formats. Also, the app works on all three major platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Here’s how to use it:
Download and install XnConvert. If you’d rather skip the installation, just use the portable version.
Open the application and load the images you want to process by dragging and dropping them on top of the main window.
In the Output tab, choose the format you want to convert the WEBP images to. For the purpose of this guide, we selected JPG.
Then, all you have left to do is to click the Convert button in the lower-right corner of the window and wait for your images to be processed.