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How To Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ImageMagick is a very popular open-source software suite that is used to edit images such as adjusting image colors, resizing, mirroring, rotating, shearing the images, and drawing lines. ImageMagick is also available across all major platforms, including Android, BSD, Linux, Windows, macOS, iOS, 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 the ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • 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 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

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
sudo apt install make build-essential automake libltdl-dev git

Step 2. Installing ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04.

  • Install ImageMagick from the default APT repository Ubuntu.

By default, the ImageMagick is not available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of ImageMagick to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install imagemagick
  • Install ImageMagick from the source file.

Now we clone the ImageMagick Git repository:

sudo git clone https://github.com/ImageMagick/ImageMagick.git /usr/local/src/ImageMagick
cd /usr/local/src/ImageMagick

Next, compile using the command as follows:

sudo ./configure
sudo ./configure --with-modules
sudo make
sudo make install

After the installation process of ImageMagick, the last step is to configure the dynamic linker run-time bindings:

sudo ldconfig /usr/local/lib

You can verify the installation of ImageMagick by typing the command below:

magick --version

Step 3. Installing PHP Extension ImageMagick on Ubuntu.

Now we install php-imagick with the following command below:

sudo apt install php-imagick

Verify the installation using the following command:

php -m | grep imagick

Don’t forget to reload the Apache or Nginx web server after installing extensions:

sudo systemctl reload apache2
sudo systemctl reload nginx

Step 4. Test ImageMagick.

Once successfully installed, now we test if ImageMagick is working is to using the convert logo:

sudo convert logo: logo.gif

Step 5. ImageMagick Terminal Commands.

Table of commands that can be used with ImageMagick:

Command Description
animate Display an image sequence as an animation.
compare Analyze two images, and visualize mathematical differences between them.
composite Compose one image over another with variable transparency to create a composite image.
conjure Interpret and execute scripts written in MSL, the Magick Scripting Language.
convert Convert images from one file format to another. This tool can also blur, crop, despeckle, dither, and otherwise modify the content of an image.
display A simple image viewer.
identify Display the image dimensions, quality, and other image metadata.
import Capture the screen to an image file.
mogrify Modify an image. Similar to convert, but overwrites the original image.
montage Create an image composed of smaller images. This command can create a single image containing thumbnails of many images.
stream Process image data and store it in a file as it is being streamed from an input source. Useful for situations with slow data streams or huge images whose data processing should begin before the entire image is stored.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ImageMagick. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the ImageMagick on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you 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 idroot.us, 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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