I just set up my production server on Ubuntu 16 and PHP7/Apache. I have installed the Graphics Magick package locally using

brew install php56-gmagick

Doing that installs graphics magick as well as the php module so it is accessible using the GMagick php class.

On the server I can install graphics magick using

sudo apt-get install graphicsmagick

The package was installed successfully but does not include a PHP helper class.

Does anyone out there know if there is a package to take care of installing that?

Also, I was able to get Imagick installed and working with php using the command:

sudo apt-get install php-imagick

I am interested in comparing the performance of the two to see which is lighter on the server.

I am looking here:


2 Answers 2


Install Pear so you can use pecl

sudo apt install php-pear

Install phpize which is require by gmagick

sudo apt install php7.0-dev graphicsmagick libgraphicsmagick1-dev

This installs the PHP extension:

sudo pecl install gmagick-2.0.4RC1

This loads the extension in the php.ini

sudo sh -c 'echo "extension=gmagick.so" >>  /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini'

Restart Apache

sudo service apache2 restart
  • Thanks Matt, I guess all I would need to do is change to ``` /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini ``` also how to install pecl? Oct 14, 2016 at 19:21
  • Fixed! PECL is part of php-pear.
    – Matt O.
    Oct 14, 2016 at 19:22
  • Almost there, thank you for making that update and explaing PECL PEAR relationship. running: phpize sh: 1: phpize: not found ERROR: `phpize' failed Oct 14, 2016 at 19:29
  • sudo apt-get install php7.0-dev
    – Matt O.
    Oct 14, 2016 at 19:30
  • Just as a note, I noticed with Brew you installed PHP 5.6's gmagick. I would warn against using brew at all on Ubuntu systems. It's wayyy easier to use Launchpad and Apt imho.
    – Matt O.
    Oct 14, 2016 at 19:33

Since there's now an Imagick package for PHP 7.0, you can do the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install php-imagick graphicsmagick
sudo service apache2 reload

To test, run:

$ php -i |grep imagick
imagick module => enabled
imagick module version => 3.4.0RC6
imagick classes => Imagick, ImagickDraw, ImagickPixel, ImagickPixelIterator, ImagickKernel
imagick.locale_fix => 0 => 0
imagick.progress_monitor => 0 => 0
imagick.skip_version_check => 0 => 0

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