Introduction to ImageMagick

ImageMagick is a collection of tools and libraries to read, write, and manipulate an image in various image formats. Image processing operations are available from the command line. Bindings to various programming languages are also available.

Package Information

ImageMagick Dependencies


X (XFree86-4.5.0 or

Optional (Install Based on the Required Format Support and Tools)

lcms-1.14, ESP Ghostscript-7.07.1 or AFPL Ghostscript-8.51, libpng-1.2.8, libjpeg-6b, FreeType-2.1.10, libtiff-3.7.3, libxml2-2.6.20, Mozilla-1.7.8, TeX-3.0, GIMP-2.2.8, SANE-1.0.15, Wget-1.9.1, Enscript-1.6.4, libexif-0.6.12, GraphViz, FlashPIX (or FlashPIX library), Jasper, JBIG-KIT, libwmf, AutoTrace, RALCGM, DCRaw, Transfig, Gnuplot, hp2xx, html2ps, Netpbm, MPEG-2 Video Codec, POV-Ray, Utah Raster Toolkit (or source), txt2html, Radiance, corefonts, Electric Fence and Dmalloc

Installation of ImageMagick

Install Imagemagick by running the following commands:

sed -i -e 's/\$(LIBLTDL) \$/\$/' &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --with-modules &&

Now, as the root user:

make install

To test the results, as an unprivileged user, issue: make check.

Additional Configure Options

There are additional switches that can be passed to ImageMagick to customize the installation to your needs. See advanced-unix-installation.html in the www directory.

Command Explanations

sed -i -e 's/\$(LIBLTDL) \$/\$/' The package will build and install a different version of the Libtool library in /usr/lib. This command forces the package to link to the installed version of libltdl, and not replace it.

--with-modules: Enables support for dynamically loadable modules.


Installed Programs: animate, compare, composite, conjure, convert, display, identify, import, Magick-config, Magick++-config, mogrify, montage, and Wand-config
Installed Libraries: libMagick.[so,a], libMagick++.[so,a], libWand.[so,a], the Perl module, and numerous plugin modules
Installed Directories: /usr/include/magick, /usr/include/wand, /usr/lib/ImageMagick-6.2.3, /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.5/i686-linux/auto/Image/Magick, and /usr/share/ImageMagick-6.2.3

Short Descriptions


animates a sequence of images.


compares an image to a reconstructed image.


composites various images into the given base image.


processes a MSL script to create an image.


converts image(s) from one format to another.


displays an image.


describes the format and characteristics of an image file.


captures an X window.

Magick-config and Magick++-config

show information about the installed versions of ImageMagick and Magick++.


transforms an image.


composites various images into a new image.


shows the options required to use the Wand library.


allows the reading, manipulation and writing of a large number of image file formats using the ImageMagick library. Run make in the PerlMagick/demo directory of the package source tree to see a nice demo of the module's capabilities.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600