libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile


I'm trying to load a PNG image using SDL but the program doesn't work and this error appears in the console

libpng warning: iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile

Why does this warning appear? What should I do to solve this problem?

This question is tagged with c++ warnings sdl rgb libpng

~ Asked on 2014-03-30 14:20:19

The Best Answer is


Libpng-1.6 is more stringent about checking ICC profiles than previous versions. You can ignore the warning. To get rid of it, remove the iCCP chunk from the PNG image.

Some applications treat warnings as errors; if you are using such an application you do have to remove the chunk. You can do that with any of a variety of PNG editors such as ImageMagick's

convert in.png out.png

To remove the invalid iCCP chunk from all of the PNG files in a folder (directory), you can use mogrify from ImageMagick:

mogrify *.png

This requires that your ImageMagick was built with libpng16. You can easily check it by running:

convert -list format | grep PNG

If you'd like to find out which files need to be fixed instead of blindly processing all of them, you can run

pngcrush -n -q *.png

where the -n means don't rewrite the files and -q means suppress most of the output except for warnings. Sorry, there's no option yet in pngcrush to suppress everything but the warnings.

Binary Releases of ImageMagick are here

For Android Projects (Android Studio) navigate into res folder.

For example:

C:\{your_project_folder}\app\src\main\res\drawable-hdpi\mogrify *.png

~ Answered on 2014-03-30 18:19:07


Use pngcrush to remove the incorrect sRGB profile from the png file:

pngcrush -ow -rem allb -reduce file.png
  • -ow will overwrite the input file
  • -rem allb will remove all ancillary chunks except tRNS and gAMA
  • -reduce does lossless color-type or bit-depth reduction

In the console output you should see Removed the sRGB chunk, and possibly more messages about chunk removals. You will end up with a smaller, optimized PNG file. As the command will overwrite the original file, make sure to create a backup or use version control.

~ Answered on 2015-03-30 02:42:24

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