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Ian Co
8 years ago
Steps to Install ImageMagick on UwAmp for Windows:
as of March 31, 2016
Detailed guide for newbies like me.

... continued

4. Goto:

as of today, latest is 3.4.1 so I went to:

My PHP version is: 5.6.18, and Thread Safety is Yes from
Step #1, so I downloaded:
5.6 Thread Safe (TS) x86
I got:

5. Unzip and copy "php_imagick.dll" to the php extension folder:

In my case:
php_imagick.dll --> C:\UwAmp\bin\php\php-5.6.18\ext

Note: this ZIP also contains dlls which other guides says
to extract to the extension folder of apache.
NO NEED TO DO IT. Step #3 has taken care of it.

6. Edit "php.ini" and add at the very end (could be
anywhere I suppose):


For super newbies: click the edit button in the UwAmp UI,
"php_uwamp.ini" will open and edit it. It will be copied to
the correct php.ini when UwAmp is restarted. I had
trouble at first since there are several php*.ini scattered
all over.

7. Restart Apache

8. Check PHPInfo
scroll to section (or find): imagick
number of supported formats: 234

If there is no "imagick" section or "supported format" is 0,
something went wrong.

Hope this helps.
Ian Co
8 years ago
Steps to Install ImageMagick on UwAmp for Windows:
as of March 31, 2016
Detailed guide for newbies like me.
Took a long time to get it to work.

I initially followed:
http://php .net/manual/en/imagick.installation.php
but after installation, PHPInfo under imagick shows
number of supported formats = 0

So I followed these steps, clobbered from various sources
to get it to work.

1. Open PHPInfo and check:
Architecture = x86 or x64
Thread Safety = yes or no

2. Download ImageMagick from:

In my case I downloaded:
because the Architecture under PHPInfo is x86
as for vc11 or vc14
search google for "visual c++ 11 runtime" or
"visual c++ 14 runtime" and install it

3. Unzip and copy all dlls from the bin subfolder to the
Apache bin directory. It's a bunch of CORE_RL_*.dll
and IM_MOD_RL_*.dll plus a few other dlls.

In my case, I installed UwAmp in C:\UwAmp, so:
(from zip) bin/*.dll --> C:\UwAmp\bin\apache\bin
justahelpfullnote at nononono dot no
1 year ago
For windows users, I found this, hope this help

thank you Michele Locati
Rob Oz
7 years ago
Just a note that the 'Ian Co' instructions for 'Installing ImageMagick on UwAmp for Windows' also works for XAMPP. Just change the paths accordingly.
matija kancijan - kancija[]gmail dot com
13 years ago
it is important to install correct version of Visual C++ redistributable Package.

for ImageMagick-6.5.8-10-Q16-windows-dll.exe -
Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package
9 years ago
To install on Ubuntu or Debian, using the package manager, use:

sudo apt-get install php5-imagick
sudo service apache2 reload
William Sze
14 years ago
After 2 hours of looking for help from different documentation & sites, I found out none of them are complete solution. So, I summary my instruction here:

1) yum install php-devel
2) cd /usr
3) wget
4) php go-pear
5) See the following line in /etc/php.ini [include_path=".:/usr/PEAR"]
6) pecl install imagick
7) Add the following line in /etc/php.ini []
8) service httpd restart

Hopefully, I can save other engineer effort & time.... Good luck!
admin at pankajgrover dot co dot cc
12 years ago
Simple way to install ImageMagick on your linux machine(RHEL5,Cent OS 5)

#yum install ImageMagick*
#pecl install imagick sometimes you may have ask to install gcc compiler. if so execute #yum install gcc*
added the extension on php.ini
#echo "" >> /etc/php.ini
#service httpd restart
erigocn at gmail dot com
9 years ago
Mac 10.10 Yosemite

install php via "Homebrew", then:
$ brew install php53-imagick

and then:
reload php-fpm (or restart apache)
nonproffessional at clockworkgeek dot com
15 years ago
I too had the error "Please provide a path to MagickWand-config or Wand-config program." when installing on linux (in this case CentOS aka Red Hat).

The simple solution was to ensure "ImageMagick-devel" and NOT "ImageMagick" package was in place. Next comes the standard command:
pecl install imagick

Lastly, and as per the otherwise flawless instructions, edit php.ini to include:
3 years ago
If you want to install ImageMagick on Nginx for Windows, in addition to setting php_imagick.dll extension, you should set an environment variable like so:

- First download ImageMagick package (if you haven't already) *

- Extract it to any folder for example "C:\ImageMagick-xxx\"

- Edit the "PATH" variable and add a new entry with value "C:\ImageMagick-xxx\bin"

* Note: The ImageMagick package you download should match your php Compiler (i.e Visual C++ 2017), Architecture (i.e x86 or x64) and "Thread Safety". All of these can be viewed from php_info()
Valera Rozuvan
12 years ago
Recently I had to install ImageMagick on FreeBSD. The following commands achieved this without a problem.

cd /usr/ports/graphics/ImageMagick-nox11/
make install clean
service apache22 stop
cd /usr/ports/graphics/pecl-imagick/
make install clean
service apache22 start

NOTE: For some of the package dependencies you will be prompted to select optional add-ons. I left all the config options untouched except for those which provided integration with the X11 system. Those once I disabled.
ynzhang from lakeheadu canada
15 years ago
imagick 2.2.2 might have a problem loading in PHP 5.3 by giving following error at start-up:

PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '.../' - .../ undefined symbol: XStringListToTextProperty in Unknown on line 0

in this case, revert to PHP 5.2.8 and imagick-2.2.0 will work just fine.
noreply at gmail dot com
8 years ago
For installing imagick in Windows do the following:

1. Download and install the ImageMagick API from (In my case, I installed the lastest version: ImageMagick-6.9.2-10-Q16-x64-dll.)

2. Go to and choose the version of imagick that best suits your PHP version. (Because I had PHP 5.4 I downloaded "".

3. Extract the contents of the zip file and go to the directory where the files were extracted.

4. Copy the php_imagick.dll in yout PHP's ext folder.

5. All the other dll that you extracted from the zip file can go into apache's bin directory. In my case, I have apache 2.2 and the bin directory is at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\bin.

6. Activate the extention in your PHP.ini file by adding the following:
extension: "C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\ext\php_imagick.dll"

7. Restart apache
8. Sit back and relax
colnector is from domain
15 years ago
Windows installation is a bit more tricky since "pecl install imagick" does NOT work properly.

Here's how I installed it:
1/ Install ImageMagick software
2/ Download (choose the version relevant to your PHP) from
3/ Copy php_imagick.dll from the archive you've downloaded to your PHP extention folder.
4/ Add the following line to php.ini (in the exntentions section):
5/ Restart your server
6/ Try the example script to see all went well

Good luck :)
djcox99 at googlemail dot com
13 years ago
I have php 5.3.1 running on apache on windows (with xampp)
to get this working i installed the appropriate image magick from here

Then i needed the php_imagick.dll for vc6 (because im on apache not iis).

After a bit of searching i found someone hosting it here :

Hope this helps ^^
marcel dot ouellette at gmail dot com
15 years ago
For anyone attempting to install the binaries on windows xp, don't waste your time. You'll need to install this on windows 2003 Server (and up) or Windows Vista since there are dependences (msvcr80.dll) that will require it.
Martin dot Winstrand (a) gmail dot com
11 years ago
Sins I tried around a lot and searched the net to find a working dll for ImageMagic and PHP5.4, with bad results I at last found one working.
There is a guy (Mikko) that has a blog and he wrote about this and and have compiled a working solution. You find his blog about this here:

Hope that this helps others as well.
bradchesney79 at gmail dot com
8 years ago
So, your installation in general works so that you can display the output from a PHP script-- even phpinfo(); works. Great start. If not, you likely have bigger problems or are compiling imagick into PHP. Best of luck.

But, back to where we are; PHP in general works, except the imagick extension isn't working or needs installed or something.

There is some very helpful information in the phpinfo(); output blocks.
(If phpinfo(); means nothing to you, hit the google. We'll wait.)

Notably the php.ini that PHP is using can be found there, very important. --Many instructions will tell you to put "extension=imagick" into it.

Better would be to create an imagick.ini file (that has "extension=imagick" inside) in the directory scanned for additional .ini files.

This is nice when the machine you are working on has multiple php.ini files and unused configurations littered about. phpinfo(); will tell you where the resources being used can be located in the file system.

Helpful to me, thought I'd share...
laszlo dot phpnet at lieszkovszky dot com
8 years ago
Addendum to Ian Co's "Steps to Install ImageMagick for Windows" specifically for Uniform Server Z and how to fix if you get an empty list of ImageMagick supported formats):

Thanks to Ian Co's comments above for setting me in the right direction.

My Uniform Server is installed to B:\UniServerZ, adjust the following steps to your specific installation.

If you've been messing around with a gazillion solutions like me, first delete any previous copies of imagemagick dll-s (i.e. IM_MOD_RL...dll-s, CORE_RL...dll-s) from your sysem, i.e. I had copied them to C:\Windows\system, B:\UniServerZ\core\php56, B:\UniServerZ\core\php56\extensions.

1. Download from

Extract contents of bin folder to B:\UniServerZ\core\php56 (or whichever vresion of php you are using)

2. Download the appropriate imagick package from
For me the right one was , check phpinfo whether you need the thread-safe version or not and which architecture.

Extract php_imagemagick.dll ONLY (and not the other dll-s) to B:\UniServerZ\core\php56\extensions

Previously I had tried and but the dll-s here did not work, perhaps because Uniform Server was compiled using VC9? and these were compiled with later versions!? What a mess.

I had also tried creating a C:\ImageMagick and adding it to PATH user-level and to MAGICK_HOME system-level environment variables, but this proved unnecessary (although it also works).

Also, installing the windows binary releases from
was unnecessary (and might actually mess things up if windows tries those dll-s first).
8 years ago
I have spent many hours trying to get Imagick work on Windows. Finally I have succeeded!

A post on StackOverflow has been made so everyone can see it:
acliyanarachchi at gmail dot com
15 years ago
If you have used lampp first copy from /usr/lib/php5/20060613+lfs/ path and paste it to php lib.(/opt/lampp/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613)
Then edit your php.ini and add
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