How To Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ImageMagick is a free and open-source application through which we can manage (i.e. create/edit/convert, etc.) raster graphics. ImageMagick is typically used from the command line. Also, we can use it from any programming language by using its interface like Magick.NET (.Net), IMagick (PHP), PerlMagick (Perl), etc.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of ImageMagick on the Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04.

The installation of ImageMagick on the Ubuntu system is a rather simple process. From your terminal window execute the following command:

sudo apt install imagemagick

It will install all the required dependencies as well. Lastly, to verify if it’s working:

convert logo: logo.gif
  • Another way to install ImageMagick on Ubuntu is by compiling the source code:

First, download the source code from the official website of ImageMagick

tar -xvf ImageMagick.tar.gz
cd ImageMagick-7.0.10-11/

Next, compile ImageMagick using the following command:

sudo make install

Then, configure dynamic linker runtime bindings:

sudo ldconfig /usr/local/lib

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ImageMagick. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ImageMagick on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ImageMagick website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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