In one of previous tutorials titled ‘How to configure Cisco Unified Call Manager Express (CUCME) router for XML Services’, i had mentioned ‘Gif2Cip’ application which is very useful if you have any image file e.g your company logo /your own picture and you want to convert it into xml format for use on your desktop Cisco IP phone.

I have been asked many times via email if this application is available for download. ‘Gif2Cip’ and many similar useful applications are actually part of Cisco IP Services Software Development Kit (SDK).This product comes very handy if you want to create versatile XML applications. You can download Cisco IP Services SDK from Cisco Developer Support at

If you want to see documentation and development tools that are included in Cisco IP Services SDK, hop on over to SDK documentation here. There is plethora of very useful applications included in SDK.

The actual process of creating an XML file is very straightfoward.Once you have installed Cisco IP Services SDK, launch command prompt in windows (cmd.exe) , navigate to  CiscoIpServices\tools directory and use following command: gif2cip sourcefilename.gif destinationfilename.xml . That’s it ! See screenshot below for quick look:

Create your own XML file

As always, Cisco has a very comprehensive guide on ‘creating Idle URL using graphics‘ on Cisco IP phone.This guide works equally well for any Cisco IP phone that support XML graphics i.e Cisco 7940 Series,Cisco 7960 Series,Cisco 7970 Series IP phones ,Cisco IP Communicator , etc. Once you have created your own XML file and want to test it using CUCME , watch this tutorial for setting it up properly.


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