How to install ImageMagick from source

Go into /usr/local/src directory

cd /usr/local/src

First, we need to get all the required libraries...

yum search ImageMagick-devel

(depending on what distribution you have, you'll get different file name extensions... for CentOS 4.6 x86 we get 'i386')

yum install ImageMagick-devel<strong>.i386</strong>

(this will install all the dependent/required libraries as well...)

********* optional ************
you can compile/install the libraries from source...

note: for Centos 4.6 I also had to use yum to install the jpeg library since jpegsrc.v6b wouldn't compile correctly (it would install and I'll have to copy all the files from source into /usr/local/lib , however ImageMagick would fail every time at checking jpeg_header during ./configure , so jpg images wouldn't work, duh)
yum install libjpeg-devel

you can grab the latest sources and install as usual:

You may also want to install

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Install ImageMagick

Download the latest version (or previous version if the latest won't compile)

at the time of this writing ImageMagick-6.4.0 wouldn't compile on CentOS 4.6 but ImageMagick-6.3.9 would (this is a problem with the compiler and not imagemagick)

tar xvfz ImageMagick-6.3.9-10.tar.gz
cd ImageMagick-6.3.9-10
<sub>(** you can find additional <a href="">./configure options here</a> **)
(** --enable-shared is enabled by default in this version, don't know about previous ones; but it doesn't hurt to add it anyway**)</sub>
./configure --enable-shared
make install

NOTE: sometimes it's quicker to do the following, however, for some reason this froze on me several times when compiling ImageMagick... also, had problems with Ghostscript... so i would recommend doing this only for smaller compilations:
./configure && make && make install

Tags: Linux imagemagick source