Text in brackets [like this] show what applications or operating systems are needed to do what's shown in the tutorials, but you can usually use a similar piece of software or approach to achieve similar effects. Experiment and have fun!

Text in parentheses (like this) indicate that this tutorial will need you to have comfort with a specific skill, like (programming) or using the (command line).

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General tutorials

These are tutorials that cover multiple techniques or serve as good general primers.

Hex / Text Editing

Use text or hex editors to edit the low-level data of a file and break it.

Data-as-Sound Editing

Use audio editors to glitch out images by interpreting them as sound, either putting them back out into images or using them as "music".

Datamoshing / Video Glitching

Alter or destroy frames of video or GIFs with a variety of techniques.

3d Glitching

Glitching out 3d models with fascinating results. Typically requires a basic understanding of 3d modeling. (I don't know a ton about this. Have a suggestion? Let me know!)

Miscellaneous Hackery / Resources

Cool tricks that don't necessarily fit under any specific category, or are more obscure.


Web Toys

Cool stuff put online for your using pleasure. Typically free.

GUI Tools / Applications

Drag 'n' drop, GUI, you can use them on your desktop. Free, trial, and paid marked with [free], [trial], and [$].

  • PYUV: raw video sequence player - an extremely capable video playback tool that can view many videos broken beyond repair, and misinterpret other files as video - thanks Enad Yenrac! [free]
  • VoidGlitch - easy-to-use GUI tool that replicates common glitches (need a Dropbox account to download - will provide a mirror soon!) [free]
  • GlitchSort2 - Paul Hertz's Processing-based glitch tool [free]
  • pixeldrifter - uses an interesting algorithm to "drift" pixels in an image in real time [trial]
  • The Complete List of iOS Glitch Apps [varies]
  • Hex Fiend - hex editor for Mac [free]
  • HexEditor - hex editor for Windows [free]
  • GIMP - cross-platform free image editor [free]
  • Photoshop - you've heard of this one, right? [trial]
  • Audacity - open source, free sound editor [Mac/Windows/Linux][free]
  • GoldWave - professional digital audio editor [trial]
  • Cycling '74 Max - professional data "patching" software used to visually manipulate streams of data [trial]
  • sculptris - introductory 3d modeling software [free]
  • 3DS Max - professional - and expensive - 3d modeling software [trial]
  • Blender - professional - and free - 3d modeling software [free]
  • VirtualDub - video capturing/processing utility for Windows [free]
  • avidemux - cross-platform video editing utility for basic editing and encoding - use version 2.5.6, as newer versions do not glitch properly [free]
  • GlitchGIF - a Utami VST for turning audio into datamoshing effects that get applied to GIFs [paid]

Programmatic Tools / SDKs

These are tools that require programming or command line knowledge to use. Some of them have tutorials a-plenty!

  • beamp - I made this! interpret any arbitrary file as a bmp image
  • byebyte - I made this! destroy your files' bytes for fun and glitch
  • ffmpeg - multimedia video encoding / decoding framework often used to achieve glitch effects
  • Processing - popular programming language and development environment for creating visual / generative art
  • SoX - sound processing CLI utility
  • Pure Data / Pd - open source visual programming language
  • openFrameworks - open source C++ toolkit for creative coding
  • vvvv - visual / textual live-programming environment for physical interfaces and real time motion grpahics
  • GlitchTools - publicly available glitch art libraries, tools, and examples on GitHub
  • AviGlitch - Ruby library for datamoshing AVI video
  • jpglitch - glitch jpgs from the command line
  • William Woodruff's glitch scripts: image-glitch, images-glitch, image-bork, and accompanying blog post

Glitch Aesthetic History and Articles

Learn more about the origins of glitch aesthetic and its ilk.

Glitchety Communities

There are a ton of little communities focused around the things that Glitchet is interested in around the net.

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