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 for Perl and C++ are also available.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

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  • Estimated disk space required: 210 MB, 45 MB installed (with typical dependencies; add 10 MB for checks)

  • Estimated build time: 0.7 SBU (with typical dependencies; add 0.7 SBU for checks, both using parallelism=4)



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ImageMagick Dependencies


The optional dependencies listed below should be installed if you need support for the specific format or the conversion tool the dependency provides. Additional information about the dependencies can be found in the Install-unix.txt file located in the source tree as well as issuing the ./configure --help command. A summary of this information, as well as some additional notes can be viewed on-line at

Optional System Utilities

Clang from LLVM-17.0.6, Cups-2.4.7, cURL-8.6.0, FFmpeg-6.1.1, fftw-3.3.10, p7zip-17.04 (LZMA), SANE-1.2.1, Wget-1.21.4, xdg-utils-1.2.1, xterm-390, Dmalloc, Electric Fence and PGP or GnuPG-2.4.4 (you'll have to do some hacking to use GnuPG), Profiles

Optional Graphics Libraries

JasPer-4.2.0, Little CMS-2.14, libgxps-0.3.2, libjpeg-turbo-3.0.1, libpng-1.6.42, libraw-0.21.2 (for dng files, needs the thread-safe libraw_r), librsvg-2.57.1, libtiff-4.6.0, libwebp-1.3.2, OpenJPEG-2.5.0, Pango-1.51.2, DjVuLibre, FlashPIX (libfpx), FLIF, JBIG-KIT, libheif with libde265 (both needed if converting macOS heic images), libjxl, libraqm, Liquid Rescale, OpenEXR, and RALCGM (or ralcgm)

Optional Graphics Utilities

Dejavu fonts, ghostscript-10.02.1, Gimp-2.10.36, Graphviz-10.0.1, Inkscape-1.3.2, Blender, corefonts, GhostPCL, Gnuplot, POV-Ray, and Radiance

Optional Conversion Tools

Enscript-1.6.6, Potrace-1.16, texlive-20230313 (or install-tl-unx) AutoTrace, GeoExpress Command Line Utilities, AKA MrSID Utilities (binary package), hp2xx, libwmf, UniConvertor, and Utah Raster Toolkit (or URT-3.1b)

Installation of ImageMagick

Install ImageMagick by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --enable-hdri     \
            --with-modules    \
            --with-perl       \
            --disable-static  &&

Now, as the root user:

make DOCUMENTATION_PATH=/usr/share/doc/imagemagick-7.1.1 install

To test the installation, issue: make check. Note that the EPS, PS, and PDF tests require a working Ghostscript. One test in 'make check' needs Helvetica from Ghostscript Standard Fonts, which are optionally installed in ghostscript-10.02.1 - that test, and one other, might fail, but all the validation can still pass.

Command Explanations

--enable-hdri: Enables building of a high dynamic range version of ImageMagick.

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

--with-perl: Enables building and installing of PerlMagick.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--with-fftw: Enables support for the FFTW shared library.

--with-rsvg: Enables support for the librsvg library.

--with-autotrace: Enables support for the Autotrace library.

--with-wmf: Enables support for the libwmf library.

--with-gvc: Enables support for GraphViz.

--with-security-policy=open|limited|secure|websafe: If you wish to enforce a policy other than the default 'open' see www/security-policy.html in the source for details.

--with-windows-font-dir= <Some/Directory>: This option specifies the directory where the Windows CoreFonts are installed.

--with-dejavu-font-dir= <Some/Directory>: This option specifies the directory where the DejaVu fonts are installed.

The options and parameters listed above are the only ones you should have to pass to the configure script to activate all the delegate dependencies. All other dependencies will be automatically detected and utilized in the build if they are installed.


Installed Programs: magick, Magick++-config, MagickCore-config, and MagickWand-config. (animate, compare, composite, conjure, convert, display, identify, import, magick-script, mogrify, montage, and stream are all symbolic links to magick)
Installed Libraries:, and
Installed Directories: /etc/ImageMagick-7, /usr/include/ImageMagick-7, /usr/lib/ImageMagick-7.1.1, /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.38/{,auto}/Image/Magick, /usr/share/doc/ImageMagick-7.1.1, and /usr/share/ImageMagick-7

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


convert between image formats as well as resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample and much more


show information about the installed versions of the ImageMagick libraries


transforms an image


composites various images into a new image


streams one or more pixel components of an image or portion of the image to your choice of storage formats


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 after the package is installed to see a nice demo of the module's capabilities

provides the C API for ImageMagick

is the recommended C API for ImageMagick. Unlike the MagickCore API it uses only a few opaque types

provides the C++ API for ImageMagick