Batch Crop Images using ImageMagick

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

4. 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 200×200^

To crop the image from center:

convert myPhoto.jpg -gravity Center -crop 200×200+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 .

For more information:

Originally published at on July 18, 2015.

By Victor Leung

Experience in software development, consulting services and technical product management. Understanding of business and technology with an MBA in Finance and a Master degree in Computer Science. AWS Certified Solution Architect with experience in building products from scratch and serving as a charismatic leader.

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