Adaptive Image Compression


This service is being discontinued

​Akamai​ will discontinue Adaptive Image Compression on May 31, 2024.

As an alternative, we offer Image & Video Manager. It intelligently and automatically optimizes images and videos on the fly for every user. It's easy to deploy and requires no changes to your original code, files, servers, or processes.

Adaptive image compression (AIC) increases the compression of JPEG images when slower network speeds are detected for a client. Serving compressed images reduces the amount of data required to load a page, which can compensate for poor network performance. If you add it to your Ion property, it can help to:

  • Minimize page-load times on client browsers by reducing the file size of JPEG images on slower networks.

  • Provide customized compression rates for different network conditions.

  • Operate dynamically, with no pre-analysis required.

  • Use standard JPEG lossy compression to compress images.

  • Modify image quality without changing image dimensions.

If you add it, you need to be very familiar with the images you're delivering and the types of user devices you want to accommodate. But, you don't need to change HTML code on your origin to use AIC.

How to set up AIC

AIC is available for use with several ​​Akamai​​ products, and its configuration is the same for all of them. See the Property Manager documentation for full usage instructions.


Adaptive Image Compression is not compatible with Image and Video Manager. You can't include both in your Ion property.