well, just after upgrading my Ubuntu and therefore moving to php7, I seem not to be able to install imagick extension for php using the same old command

sudo apt-get install php5-imagick

I get this error (tried php7-imagick too)

 Package php5-imagick is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'php5-imagick' has no installation candidate

what should I do?

  • 5
    I think it is just sudo apt install php-imagick.
    – Terrance
    May 8 '16 at 17:01
  • 1
    Can confirm, apt-cache search shows that php-imagick is the package for php7.
    – DopeGhoti
    May 8 '16 at 17:06

Just do:

sudo apt-get install php-imagick

This should install imagick for PHP 7.0.

  • On my system this tries to install php 5.5 along with it. Aug 11 '16 at 14:54
  • I got: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! php-imagick Install these packages without verification? [y/N] y Err ppa.launchpad.net/ondrej/php-7.0/ubuntu trusty/main php-imagick amd64 3.4.0~rc6-1+deb.sury.org~trusty+2 404 Not Found E: Failed to fetch ppa.launchpad.net/ondrej/php-7.0/ubuntu/pool/main/p/php-imagick/… 404 Not Found E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?
    – mwm
    Sep 25 '16 at 14:41
  • 4
    Worked, but I had to follow @alexg advice to restart service php7.0-fpm
    – xl-t
    Feb 15 '17 at 13:18
  • 1
    You may need to run apt-get update and apt-get upgrade (or apt-get dist-upgrade prior to running apt-get install php-imagick Feb 6 '18 at 20:15
  • Don't forget to restart apache if PHP7 is running as an apache module.
    – Hokascha
    Jan 23 '19 at 15:55

Turns out I had to restart the fpm:

sudo service php7.0-fpm reload

Things I tried:

apt install php-imagick didn't work for me. The module was getting loaded for the PHP CLI (I checked with php -m | grep -i imagick but through my nginx webserver it didn't show up in the list of modules reported by phpinfo() at all.

I even inserted extension=imagick.so to /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini manually, just to make sure.

I then tried purging the php-imagick package and installing from cpan:

sudo apt install libmagickwand-dev imagemagick php-dev
sudo pecl install imagick

And still, no cigar. It would work through the cli but not via nginx.

  • Necromancer here, sorry, but gush after 30 minutes your line mentioning the restart of php service made me really feel like I should bang my head into the brick wall... :) Yes you guessed it, I forgot that bit and I was going mental why it's not working :D Feb 8 '18 at 22:05
  • @alexg since we aren't compiling imagemagick is there any reason using -dev package of libmagickwand?
    – inckka
    May 22 '18 at 1:02
  • 1
    @inckka no, you should be OK with the binary package. Thanks!
    – alexg
    Jun 4 '18 at 6:10

For php 5.6: sudo apt-get install php5.6-imagick

For php 7.0: sudo apt-get install php7.0-imagick

For php 7.1: sudo apt-get install php7.1-imagick

For php 7.2: sudo apt-get install php7.2-imagick

For php 7.3: sudo apt-get install php7.3-imagick

For php 7.4 : sudo apt-get install php7.4-imagick

For php 8.0 : sudo apt-get install php8.0-imagick

  • 2
    Can't believe this was so far down a rabbit hole, this is perfect - thanks.
    – Eric
    Apr 14 at 14:58
  • 1
    Only thing that worked! Aug 4 at 9:31
  • 1
    Thank you so much!
    – RPF
    Aug 23 at 12:00
  • 1
    Works great! This must be the answer on top! Sep 12 at 14:33

Installed these packages:

sudo apt install libmagickwand-dev imagemagick php-dev
sudo pecl install imagick

Now replace:

sudo service php7.0-fpm reload


sudo service apache2 restart

Works Great

  • its worked for me
    – matinict
    Apr 4 '19 at 7:13
  • What are "libmagickwand-dev imagemagick php-dev" used for? I see those libraries have a hard size Jun 24 at 22:45

Now it is 2018, just wanted to highlight, in many cases, you would also want to install php-gd along with php-imagick (if you are installing this for wordpress for example).

sudo apt install php-imagick php-gd 
sudo systemctl restart apache2

The use of php-imagick implies php7.2-imagick if 7.2 is what your php version is.

  • 1
    php-gd is optional if you have imagick installed
    – Aurovrata
    Dec 5 '19 at 10:17
  • Seems this works for many people but for me, running sudo apt install libmagickwand-dev imagemagick php-dev says imagemagick is already the newest version but that there are unmet dependencies. When I try to install the dependency, it says there is another and so forth for about a half-dozen different ones, none of which will install. The last one is for libpcre3 and when I try to install it, I am told that the latest one is already installed! What is going on?
    – DonP
    Dec 14 '19 at 23:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.