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?

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    I think it is just sudo apt install php-imagick. – Terrance May 8 '16 at 17:01
  • 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. – starbeamrainbowlabs 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
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    Worked, but I had to follow @alexg advice to restart service php7.0-fpm – xl-t Feb 15 '17 at 13:18
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    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 – Leo Galleguillos Feb 6 '18 at 20:15
  • Don't forget to restart apache if PHP7 is running as an apache module. – Hokascha Jan 23 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 – Emil Borconi 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
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    @inckka no, you should be OK with the binary package. Thanks! – alexg Jun 4 '18 at 6:10

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 at 7:13

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.

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