Emacs can display a number of different image formats. Some of
these image formats are supported only if particular support libraries
are installed. On some platforms, Emacs can load support libraries on
demand; if so, the variable
dynamic-library-alist can be used
to modify the set of known names for these dynamic libraries.
See Dynamic Libraries.
Supported image formats (and the required support libraries) include
PBM and XBM (which do not depend on support libraries and are always
available), XPM (
libXpm), GIF (
libungif), JPEG (
libtiff), PNG (
libpng), and SVG (
Each of these image formats is associated with an image type
symbol. The symbols for the above formats are, respectively,
Furthermore, if you build Emacs with ImageMagick
libMagickWand) support, Emacs can display any image format
that ImageMagick can. See ImageMagick Images. All images
displayed via ImageMagick have type symbol
This variable contains a list of type symbols for image formats which are potentially supported in the current configuration.
“Potentially” means that Emacs knows about the image types, not
necessarily that they can be used (for example, they could depend on
unavailable dynamic libraries). To know which image types are really
This function returns non-
nil if images of type type can
be loaded and displayed. type must be an image type symbol.
For image types whose support libraries are statically linked, this
function always returns
t. For image types whose support
libraries are dynamically loaded, it returns
t if the library
could be loaded and