# Which image file formats can be embedded in posts on Cross Validated?

The question is in the title: which different image/animation file formats can be embedded here? I have searched around without finding any list of formats.

Not a complete list.

These definitely work:

PNG, JPEG, GIF

examples of the first two are easy to locate; the third can be done, as shown here for example, or on our own site here.

Pretty sure these won't work (currently at least)

SVG

I haven't spotted a bmp or a tiff yet (and not certain stack.imgur.com supports those), but there might be ways to do them. However, the fact that on stackoverflow many posts discuss BMP files but display PNG files when talking about them (e.g. like this) suggests that maybe BMP files are either not possible or may be possible but might be actively discouraged (if so, presumably for space reasons); if that's the case TIFF files would have similar issues.

• Wondering if this should be community wiki – Glen_b Oct 25 '18 at 23:29
• I made a couple of my posts CW years ago, & I was told that it wasn't necessary on meta. I think that's right; I see no reason why this would need to be CW. – gung - Reinstate Monica Oct 26 '18 at 0:21
• I guess there's no points at stake at least. Well, people should feel free to just edit anything they can support into the answer if they wish – Glen_b Oct 26 '18 at 1:17
• Yeah, that seems to be the point (or lack thereof...). – gung - Reinstate Monica Oct 26 '18 at 1:20
• Imgur's help center has an entry: What files can I upload? What is the size limit?, though it seems SE also customized some filter on the front end (e.g. PDF was supported before, but not now) – Andrew T. Oct 27 '18 at 17:38
• Thanks. I located that page in attempting to answer this question, but was unsure the extent to which that applied to uploads to stack.imgur.com -- – Glen_b Oct 27 '18 at 21:14

### There are other options that work, albeit not via imgur

Basically anything that works with the html tag <img> but this is browser dependent

BMP

SVG