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Install ImageMagick from source on Ubuntu 14.04

Install ImageMagick from source on Ubuntu 14.04


These notes were for a job I am no longer at and are very dated. Please go to the imagemagick website for updated instructions.

The version of ImageMagick that is installed when you run apt-get install imagemagick on Ubuntu 14.04 is older than I would like.

$ convert --version
Version: ImageMagick 6.7.7-10 2016-06-01 Q16
Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2012 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: OpenMP

To get a more recent version I can either pull down a binary or build from source. The binaries available on the site, found here, are for:

  • Redhat / CentOS 7.1 x86_64 RPM
  • Solaris Sparc 2.11
  • Cygwin
  • MinGW

I'm most comfortable with ubuntu so I'll build from source.

The official installation instructions can be found here I had some trouble getting the png library to work so, these are my notes

  • remove version installed with apt-get
  • install dependencies
  • download ImageMagick source
  • build source
  • install and verify

remove version installed with apt-get

Use the package manager you used to install imagemagick to uninstall it.

# you may not need sudo

sudo apt-get remove imagemagick && sudo apt-get autoremove

install dependencies

  • Install dependencies
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get build-dep imagemagick -y

Some instructions added libpng12-dev and libjpeg-dev but, build-dep covered that. If things don't workout for you, maybe adding them will fix your issue.

download ImageMagick source

tar xzvf ImageMagick.tar.gz

the wget command downloads the latest ImageMagick archive to your current directory and the tar command extracts the files to the same directory.

build source

cd ImageMagick-6.8.9-1/

When the configuration is finished, scroll up a bit and check that the correct delegate libraries(plugins) were added. I need .jpeg and .png support so I'm going to make sure the rightmost column on their rows said, yes. Here is the relevant section of my output.

Delegate Library Configuration:
  BZLIB             --with-bzlib=yes		yes
  Autotrace         --with-autotrace=no		no
  DJVU              --with-djvu=yes		yes
  DPS               --with-dps=yes		no
  FFTW              --with-fftw=yes		yes
  FLIF              --with-flif=yes		no
  FlashPIX          --with-fpx=yes		no
  FontConfig        --with-fontconfig=yes	yes
  FreeType          --with-freetype=yes		yes
  Ghostscript lib   --with-gslib=no		no
  Graphviz          --with-gvc=yes		no
  JBIG              --with-jbig=yes		yes
  JPEG v1           --with-jpeg=yes		yes
  LCMS              --with-lcms=yes		yes
  LQR               --with-lqr=yes		yes
  LTDL              --with-ltdl=yes		no
  LZMA              --with-lzma=yes		yes
  Magick++          --with-magick-plus-plus=yes	yes
  OpenEXR           --with-openexr=yes		yes
  OpenJP2           --with-openjp2=yes		no
  PANGO             --with-pango=yes		yes
  PERL              --with-perl=no		no
  PNG               --with-png=yes		yes
  RAQM              --with-raqm=yes		no
  RSVG              --with-rsvg=no		no
  TIFF              --with-tiff=yes		yes
  WEBP              --with-webp=yes		no
  WMF               --with-wmf=yes		yes
  X11               --with-x=			yes
  XML               --with-xml=yes		yes
  ZLIB              --with-zlib=yes		yes

if the necessary delegates are not added, you'll need to add those before you build. I'd love to tell you how, but I didn't have to do that so I didn't dig into it.

Compile the source with make.


install and verify

sudo make install

convert --version

when running convert --version to confirm installation after make install, I got the following error

convert: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

running sudo ldconfig /user/local/lib cleared it up

convert --version
Version: ImageMagick 7.0.4-7 Q16 x86_64 2017-02-06
Copyright: © 1999-2017 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: Cipher DPC HDRI OpenMP
Delegates (built-in): bzlib djvu fftw fontconfig freetype jbig jng jpeg lcms lqr lzma openexr pangocairo png tiff wmf x xml zlib

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mtkuyucu commented Oct 30, 2017

when i typed this code sudo apt-get build-dep imagemagick -y
I get

E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list

how can I solve this issue


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PLumowina commented Nov 30, 2017

mtkuyucu: you need to add "deb-src" in /etc/apt/sources.list and then do sudo apt-get update


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Kindra-Serr commented Mar 29, 2018

I am also getting the error

E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list

what is the source that I need to add to sources.list? Is it just the line deb-src?


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dangkhoaow commented Jun 4, 2018

Best place to execute ImageMagick online for you. Supporting all ImageMagick feature with output file and console log, no need to install.


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YarikST commented Jun 4, 2018

Installing libmagickwand-dev seemed to sort it out.

  1. sudo apt autoremove imagemagick
  2. rm /usr/bin/convert and rm /usr/bin/convert-im6
  3. sudo apt-get install imagemagick
  4. sudo apt-get install libmagickwand-dev

sudo apt install ffmpeg

ImageMagick delegates video processing. I lost more than 5 hours to understand why such a bug NotIdentifiedByImageMagickError

install make


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virtualdvid commented Jul 20, 2018

If you get the error:

E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list

You'll need to go:


and uncomment

# deb-src

deb bionic main restricted
deb-src bionic main restricted

save the file and run again:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt build-dep imagemagick

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sachinkreeti commented Sep 9, 2019

Hi everyone, It's better to use the official site for installing something.

Also instead of running make run checkinstall.
This will ease the process of removing the software in case if something goes wrong.

Read more about checkinstall here

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