Imagy - make your website's images load upto 50% faster
Imagy is a file daemon, that watches your website's media root (where your images are stored) and automatically optimizes image files that are created or modified within.
Imagy uses lossless compression, so your users never have to load unnecessary bytes. Your images look the same, but load faster.
A lot of work has gone into making it
set-and-forget. Instead of having to code up deamons, file watches and handle different file formats on your own, Imagy does all the work for you. All you need to do is
and Imagy will start watching the directory
/awesome/images/ and all its subdirectories for images that get created or modified.
The algorithms used are stable (don't further modify files after multiple invocations), however to make trying Imagy out as easy as possible, the default is to keep original files around for later reversal.
If you wish to stop using Imagy, run
imagy --revert which will move all original images back to their initial location
If you have (rightfully) come to the conclusion that you don't really need to keep originals around, set
False. If you want to delete all already stored originals run
Imagy depends on a bunch of binaries (listed at the bottom) for image optimization. On Ubuntu (tested on 11.10) you can install everything with:
sudo apt-get install pngnq pngcrush imagemagick gifsicle libjpeg-progs pip install imagy
That's it. Try it by running
If you don't have pip installed, you can find more information here: http://www.pip-installer.org/en/latest/installing.html#prerequisites
When starting out you can tell Imagy to optimize (initialize) a directory of new images:
$ ll img total 52K -rw-rw-r-- 1 ddd ddd 50K 2012-06-23 14:45 beach.jpg $ imagy --init img 2012-06-23 14:48:27,133 INFO Imagy started 2012-06-23 14:48:27,133 INFO Storing settings in /home/ddd/.imagy, you can modify this path in config.py under STORE_PATH 2012-06-23 14:48:27,134 INFO looking for not yet optimized files 2012-06-23 14:48:27,134 INFO Compressing file /home/ddd/img/beach.jpg $ ll img total 80K -rw-rw-r-- 1 ddd ddd 25K 2012-06-23 14:48 beach.jpg -rw-rw-r-- 1 ddd ddd 50K 2012-06-23 14:48 beach-original.jpg
Afterwards you can let imagy start watching the directory (and all directories underneath it) by running
$ imagy img 2012-06-23 14:52:24,794 INFO Imagy started 2012-06-23 14:52:24,794 INFO Storing settings in /home/ddd/.imagy, you can modify this path in config.py under STORE_PATH 2012-06-23 14:52:24,795 WARNING watching /home/ddd/img 2012-06-23 14:52:24,796 INFO waiting for files 2012-06-23 14:52:24,796 INFO Ctrl-C to quit
In the background Imagy uses the awesome library
smush.py which exposes a general interface to handle the various file types.
- jpegtran (on ubuntu in libjpeg-progs)