I would like to update my version of ImageMagick. I originally installed ImageMagick with...

sudo apt-get imagemagick 

Current Version:

myapp$ convert -version
Version: ImageMagick 6.7.7-10 2014-03-06 Q16 http://www.imagemagick.org
Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2012 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: OpenMP  


myapp$ which convert

System: Ubuntu14.04 / Apache2.47 / Passenger / Rails 4.1.1 / Ruby 2.1.5

I do not have brew installed. What is the advised way to update?

1 Answer 1


ImageMagick 6.7.7-10 is the current version for Trusty. There is nothing to upgrade as this version was extensively tested with Trusty.

For available upgrades run

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade imagemagick

Only if you run in into a bug that you desperately need to fix yourself, should you compile a newer version:

mkdir -p ~/src
cd ~/src
wget http://www.imagemagick.org/download/ImageMagick-6.9.3-1.tar.gz
sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
sudo apt-get build-dep imagemagick -y
tar xf ImageMagick-6.9.3-1.tar.gz
cd ~/src/ImageMagick-6.9.3-1
sudo checkinstall
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    After following the installation instructions with no errors I was getting"convert: error while loading shared libraries:" which I fixed with "sudo ldconfig /usr/local/lib". Then I noticed I didn't had support for jpeg files (was getting error "no decode delegate for this image format JPEG"). Now I'm looking for a PPA...
    – ndemou
    Jun 12, 2016 at 16:01
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    latest version can be found here Sep 26, 2018 at 9:11
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    I had to run ldconfig after checkinstall in order to update the links/bindings. Jan 2, 2019 at 18:51

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