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A simple program for computing the Mandelbrot set.
/*
This program is an adaptation of the Mandelbrot program
from the Programming Rosetta Stone, see
http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set
Compile the program with:
gcc -o mandelbrot -O4 mandelbrot.c
Usage:
./mandelbrot <xmin> <xmax> <ymin> <ymax> <maxiter> <xres> <out.ppm>
Example:
./mandelbrot 0.27085 0.27100 0.004640 0.004810 1000 1024 pic.ppm
The interior of Mandelbrot set is black, the levels are gray.
If you have very many levels, the picture is likely going to be quite
dark. You can postprocess it to fix the palette. For instance,
with ImageMagick you can do (assuming the picture was saved to pic.ppm):
convert -normalize pic.ppm pic.png
The resulting pic.png is still gray, but the levels will be nicer. You
can also add colors, for instance:
convert -negate -normalize -fill blue -tint 100 pic.ppm pic.png
See http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/color_mods/ for what ImageMagick
can do. It can do a lot.
*/
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <math.h>
#include <stdint.h>
int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
/* Parse the command line arguments. */
if (argc != 8) {
printf("Usage: %s <xmin> <xmax> <ymin> <ymax> <maxiter> <xres> <out.ppm>\n", argv[0]);
printf("Example: %s 0.27085 0.27100 0.004640 0.004810 1000 1024 pic.ppm\n", argv[0]);
exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
}
/* The window in the plane. */
const double xmin = atof(argv[1]);
const double xmax = atof(argv[2]);
const double ymin = atof(argv[3]);
const double ymax = atof(argv[4]);
/* Maximum number of iterations, at most 65535. */
const uint16_t maxiter = (unsigned short)atoi(argv[5]);
/* Image size, width is given, height is computed. */
const int xres = atoi(argv[6]);
const int yres = (xres*(ymax-ymin))/(xmax-xmin);
/* The output file name */
const char* filename = argv[7];
/* Open the file and write the header. */
FILE * fp = fopen(filename,"wb");
char *comment="# Mandelbrot set";/* comment should start with # */
/*write ASCII header to the file*/
fprintf(fp,
"P6\n# Mandelbrot, xmin=%lf, xmax=%lf, ymin=%lf, ymax=%lf, maxiter=%d\n%d\n%d\n%d\n",
xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax, maxiter, xres, yres, (maxiter < 256 ? 256 : maxiter));
/* Precompute pixel width and height. */
double dx=(xmax-xmin)/xres;
double dy=(ymax-ymin)/yres;
double x, y; /* Coordinates of the current point in the complex plane. */
double u, v; /* Coordinates of the iterated point. */
int i,j; /* Pixel counters */
int k; /* Iteration counter */
for (j = 0; j < yres; j++) {
y = ymax - j * dy;
for(i = 0; i < xres; i++) {
double u = 0.0;
double v= 0.0;
double u2 = u * u;
double v2 = v*v;
x = xmin + i * dx;
/* iterate the point */
for (k = 1; k < maxiter && (u2 + v2 < 4.0); k++) {
v = 2 * u * v + y;
u = u2 - v2 + x;
u2 = u * u;
v2 = v * v;
};
/* compute pixel color and write it to file */
if (k >= maxiter) {
/* interior */
const unsigned char black[] = {0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0};
fwrite (black, 6, 1, fp);
}
else {
/* exterior */
unsigned char color[6];
color[0] = k >> 8;
color[1] = k & 255;
color[2] = k >> 8;
color[3] = k & 255;
color[4] = k >> 8;
color[5] = k & 255;
fwrite(color, 6, 1, fp);
};
}
}
fclose(fp);
return 0;
}
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Logan-Schelly commented Mar 29, 2020

Any reason why the default example (./mandelbrot 0.27085 0.27100 0.004640 0.004810 1000 1024 pic.ppm) zooms in on a boundary instead of just centering at a place people would more easily recognize, like ./mandelbrot -2.0 2.0 -2.0 2.0 1000 1024 pic.ppm?

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andrejbauer commented Apr 17, 2020

Nope, no reason.

@juwbr
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juwbr commented Nov 29, 2020

iT dOeSnT WoRk, due to empty generated file. Can somebody help me please?

@Logan-Schelly
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Logan-Schelly commented Dec 1, 2020

@julwe -- I just downloaded it again, compiled it, and then ran the example command line. Worked fine for me. File was about 7 MB. Are you sure the file is empty, or you just don't have something for viewing in ppm format?

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