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Batch Crop Images using ImageMagick

July 18, 2015

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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About Victor Leung

Software development professional with expertise in application architecture, cloud solutions deployment, and financial products development. Possess a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance. Highly skilled in AWS (Certified Solutions Architect, Developer and SysOps Administrator), GCP (Professional Cloud Architect), Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes(CKA, CKAD, CKS, KCNA), and Scrum(PSM, PSPO) methodologies.

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