One of the tasks I perform today is batch cropping a lot of pictures. I have found ImageMagick very useful to scales and crop the images. Mogrify is a command of the ImageMagick package and allows us to perform many operations on multiple images. I’ll post it here as a future reference for myself and perheps it will help others as well.

Step 1: Install MacPorts:

After the installation, if you got an error:

> _sudo: port: command not found_

Part of the problem is that MacPorts binaries are installed in /opt/local/bin, so you will need to manually adapt your shell’s environment to work with MacPorts:

> _export PATH=$PATH:/opt/local/bin_

> _source .profile_

> _sudo port -v selfupdate_

Step 2: Install ImageMagick

sudo port install ImageMagick

The port command downloads ImageMagick and many of its delegate libraries. If you got an error:

> _convert: command not found_

Set the MAGICK_HOME environment variable to the path where you extracted the ImageMagick files.

> _export MAGICK_HOME=”$HOME/ImageMagick-6.9.1"_

If the bin subdirectory of the extracted package is not already in your executable search path, add it to your PATH environment variable.

> _export PATH=”$MAGICK_HOME/bin:$PATH”_

Set the DYLDLIBRARYPATH environment variable:


Step 3: Add the missing decoding library

When trying to convert jpeg images, it came up with this error message:

> _“convert: no decode delegate for this image format “_
  1. Go to: and download the required/missing delegate library. For example
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Change directory to the folder
> _cd jpeg-9a_
  1. And run
> _./configure make make test make -n install_

Step 5: Usage

To avoid overrides the original image files, create a new folder, copy the images and backup in that folder.

For resize a single image to height of 600px with the same aspect ratio, you could run this command:

> _convert input.png -geometry x600 output.png_

If you prefer to covert all images of a folder, change directory to the folder and use

> _mogrify -geometry x600 _.png\*

To scale down an image to 200 pixels:

> _convert myPhoto.jpg -resize 200x200^_

To crop the image from center:

> _convert myPhoto.jpg -gravity Center -crop 200x200+0+0 +repage newPhoto.jpg_

The -gravity south option states that I want the crop to start at the bottom of my image. The -chop 0x25 states that I want to cut 25 pixels from the height.

> _mogrify -gravity south -chop 0x135 _.jpg\*

To resize all images in current directory to 800 width (and height reduced proportionally):

> _mogrify -resize 800 _.jpg\*

To rotate the images 90 degress:

> _mogrify -rotate 90 _.

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