Check Whether Your Browser Displays JPEG XL

There is a new image format for the web use mainly. The JPEG XL has the file extension .jxl and “offers significantly better image quality and compression ratios than legacy JPEG” according to the JPEG Committee. This royalty-free format offers high fidelity to the source image, good encoding and decoding speeds, and lossless transcoding of JPEG images.

Some major browser makers such as Mozilla or Google already support the new JPEG XL format in their browsers. So in order to learn whether your browser supports the new JPEG XL format, follow the following steps:

Of course, the fastest way to check whether your browser supports this new image format is to open a .jxl image in t.

Try to open this image. If it displays easily, then everything is ok and your browser supports the JPEG XL.

But if you get a download dialog instead, your browser doesn’t support the new format. However, you can try to enable it from the settings. It does not mean that support has not been implemented yet.

How To Enable JPEG XL support in Chrome

Say, Google has already added a test support for the JPEG XL format to Google Chrome Canary (92.0.4503.0). But this option is not enabled by default. So you have to head over the settings and need enable it by yourself. Fir this:

  • Load chrome://flags/#enable-jxl in the browser’s address bar.
  • Switch the status of the experiment to Enabled.
  • Restart Google Chrome.

Once done, Chrome will start supporting the new image format.

How To Enable JPEG XL support in Firefox

Mozilla has implemented JPEG XL support in Firefox. But Firefox Nightly (90.0a1 (2021-05-09) doesn’t support it. So you have to enable it manually by yourself. For this:

  • Load about:preferences#experimental in the web browser’s address bar.
  • Scroll down to Media: JPEG XL and check the box next to it to enable support for the new format in Firefox.
  • No need to restart the browser.

How To Enable JPEG XL support in Edge

Like the other two Microsoft Edge Canary supports the new image format. But you can’t enabled the feature on edge://flags. Edge needs to be started with the parameter –enable-features=JXL to add support.

Wrapping Up

Other Chromium-based browsers are going to support the new image format in the future. This format is going to become the next standard image format on the web. But only a few tools and browsers support the new image format at the moment. So not many websites use it.


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