How do you show animated GIFs on a Windows Form (c#)

2 Answers

I had the same problem. Whole form (including gif) stopping to redraw itself because of long operation working in the background. Here is how i solved this.

  private void MyThreadRoutine()
   //your long running process

  private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   ThreadStart myThreadStart = new ThreadStart(MyThreadRoutine);
   Thread myThread = new Thread(myThreadStart);

I simply created another thread to be responsible for this operation. Thanks to this initial form continues redrawing without problems (including my gif working). ShowProgressGifDelegate and HideProgressGifDelegate are delegates in form that set visible property of pictureBox with gif to true/false.


I have a form showing progress messages as a fairly long process runs. It's a call to a web service so I can't really show a percentage complete figure on a progress bar meaningfully. (I don't particularly like the Marquee property of the progress bar)

I would like to show an animated GIF to give the process the feel of some activity (e.g. files flying from one computer to another like Windows copy process).

How do you do this?

I had the same issue and came across different solutions by implementing which I used to face several different issues. Finally, below is what I put some pieces from different posts together which worked for me as expected.

private void btnCompare_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    ThreadStart threadStart = new ThreadStart(Execution);
    Thread thread = new Thread(threadStart);

Here is the Execution method that also carries invoking the PictureBox control:

private void Execution()
    btnCompare.Invoke((MethodInvoker)delegate { pictureBox1.Visible = true; });

    // Your main code comes here . . .

    btnCompare.Invoke((MethodInvoker)delegate { pictureBox1.Visible = false; });

Keep in mind, the PictureBox is invisible from Properties Window or do below:

private void ComparerForm_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    pictureBox1.Visible = false;

If you put it in a PictureBox control, it should just work