How To: Enable GIF as output for an Image Server


Once a GIF license has been obtained, the aimsms.cfg file must be updated in order to activate GIF capabilities.

NOTE: A GIF license specifically for ArcIMS is required. MapObjects IMS and ArcView IMS GIF licenses will not work with ArcIMS.


  1. Navigate to and open aimsms.cfg in a text editor.

    This file can be found in the following location:

    Windows <ArcIMS Installation Directory>\Server\etc\aimsms.cfg
    Linux/UNIX $AIMSHOME/etc/aimsms.cfg

  2. Find the giflicense parameter value and replace the string "GIF keycode" or "(gif license number)" with a valid GIF license number.

    <servercomponent type = "ImageServer"
    description = "My Image Server"
    exe = "MapServer\aimsms.dll"
    <parameter name="giflicense" value="A12B3C4D5E" />

    Please see the article in the Related Information section (below) to obtain a valid key code for GIF images

  3. Stop and restart your ArcIMS Services.
    <a href='http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/14360' target='_blank'>How To: Stop and start the ArcIMS services or processes</a>

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