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ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images.
License:Apache License v2.0
Platforms:should run under any operating system
Function:Rendering,File Format Migration
Content type:Image


ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. It can read and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Can be used as a migration tool for bitmap images.


The functionality of ImageMagick is typically utilized from the command line or you can use the features from programs written in your favorite language. C

An example for a command is:

magick convert original.JPG migration.png

This converts a certain jpeg to a png file. For this command to work the console has to be opened in the folder the jpeg ("original.JPG") is saved in.

Another example:

magick -verbose identify examine.jpg >test.txt

This gives as many information as possible about "examine.jpg" and saves it in a Textfile ("test.txt"). It is also possible to do this with whole folders by building a script.


ImageMagick is free software delivered as a ready-to-run binary distribution or as source code that you may use, copy, modify, and distribute in both open and proprietary applications. It is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, approved by the OSI and recommended for use by the OSSCC.


The current release is available from

User Experiences[edit]

Used in Planets as a migration tool for Tiff format files.

A German speaking guide to develop batch-programs for ImageMagick can be found in the nestor wiki from

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