I am trying to install the latest version of ImageMagick.


I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. After I apt-get update, the version of ImageMagick it lists is

However, I want to use ImageMagick version Is there a way to install this version with apt-get or some package manager without upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04?


According to http://www.imagemagick.org/discourse-server/viewtopic.php?t=29006#p129405, there is a PPA that provides the version of ImageMagick for Ubuntu 14.04 at https://launchpad.net/~isage-dna/+archive/ubuntu/imagick that you can try at your own risk:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:isage-dna/imagick
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
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    not working on Ubuntu 16.04 – Kostanos Nov 18 '18 at 18:09

Compile from source.

  1. First off, check the current version of imagemagick:

    $ identify -version
    Version: ImageMagick 6.8.9-9 Q16 x86_64 2018-09-28 http://www.imagemagick.org
    Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2014 ImageMagick Studio LLC
    Features: DPC Modules OpenMP
    Delegates: bzlib cairo djvu fftw fontconfig freetype jbig jng jpeg lcms lqr ltdl lzma openexr pangocairo png rsvg tiff wmf x xml zlib

    If it is already installed via apt-get and the version is old, remove it:

    sudo apt-get remove imagemagick
  2. Create a src directory:

    mkdir ~/src
    cd ~/src
  3. Download version 6.9.10-23 of Imagemagick source:

    wget http://www.imagemagick.org/download/ImageMagick-6.9.10-23.tar.gz
  4. Install some packages from apt-get that are necessary for compiling from source:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
  5. Untar source and cd into directory:

    tar xf ImageMagick-6.9.10-23.tar.gz
    cd ImageMagick-6.9.10-23/
  6. Configure, make and checkinstall:

  7. Update links/bindings:

  8. Verify and:

    $ identify -version
    Version: ImageMagick 6.9.10-23 Q16 x86_64 2019-01-02 https://imagemagick.org
    Copyright: © 1999-2019 ImageMagick Studio LLC
    License: https://imagemagick.org/script/license.php
    Features: Cipher DPC OpenMP
    Delegates (built-in): bzlib djvu fontconfig freetype gvc jbig jng jpeg lcms lqr 
    lzma openexr png tiff wmf x xml zlib
  9. Party!

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    Great! Thank you very much. Used on Debian Wheezy. – Martin Grůber Feb 21 '19 at 7:39
  • any idea how to also change the imagick version that PHP is using ? i originally had 6.9.7 and upgraded to imagick 7 and while the links point to the new one, php is still using the old one – Petru Lebada Jul 2 '20 at 23:19

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