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MiniMagick

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A ruby wrapper for ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick command line.

Why?

I was using RMagick and loving it, but it was eating up huge amounts of memory. Even a simple script would use over 100MB of RAM. On my local machine this wasn't a problem, but on my hosting server the ruby apps would crash because of their 100MB memory limit.

Solution!

Using MiniMagick the ruby processes memory remains small (it spawns ImageMagick's command line program mogrify which takes up some memory as well, but is much smaller compared to RMagick). See Thinking of switching from RMagick? below.

MiniMagick gives you access to all the command line options ImageMagick has (found here).

Requirements

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick command-line tool has to be installed. You can check if you have it installed by running

$ convert -version
Version: ImageMagick 6.8.9-7 Q16 x86_64 2014-09-11 http://www.imagemagick.org
Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2014 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: DPC Modules
Delegates: bzlib fftw freetype jng jpeg lcms ltdl lzma png tiff xml zlib

MiniMagick has been tested on following Rubies:

  • MRI 1.9.3
  • MRI 2.0
  • MRI 2.1
  • MRI 2.2
  • Rubinius
  • JRuby (1.7.18 and later)

Installation

Add the gem to your Gemfile:

gem "mini_magick"

Information

Usage

Let's first see a basic example of resizing an image.

image = MiniMagick::Image.open("input.jpg")
image.path #=> "/var/folders/k7/6zx6dx6x7ys3rv3srh0nyfj00000gn/T/magick20140921-75881-1yho3zc.jpg"
image.resize "100x100"
image.format "png"
image.write "output.png"

MiniMagick::Image.open makes a copy of the image, and further methods modify that copy (the original stays untouched). We then resize the image, and write it to a file. The writing part is necessary because the copy is just temporary, it gets garbage collected when we lose reference to the image.

MiniMagick::Image.open also accepts URLs.

image = MiniMagick::Image.open("http://example.com/image.jpg")
image.contrast
image.write("from_internets.jpg")

On the other hand, if we want the original image to actually get modified, we can use MiniMagick::Image.new.

image = MiniMagick::Image.new("input.jpg")
image.path #=> "input.jpg"
image.resize "100x100"
# No calling #write, because it's no a copy

Combine options

While using methods like #resize directly is convenient, if we use more methods in this way, it quickly becomes inefficient, because it calls the command on each methods call. MiniMagick::Image#combine_options takes multiple options and from them builds one single command.

image.combine_options do |b|
  b.resize "250x200>"
  b.rotate "-90"
  b.flip
end # the command gets executed

As a handy shortcut, MiniMagick::Image.new also accepts an optional block which is used to combine_options.

image = MiniMagick::Image.new("input.jpg") do |b|
  b.resize "250x200>"
  b.rotate "-90"
  b.flip
end # the command gets executed

The yieled builder is an instance of MiniMagick::Tool::Mogrify. To learn more about its interface, see Metal below.

Attributes

A MiniMagick::Image has various handy attributes.

image.type        #=> "JPEG"
image.mime_type   #=> "image/jpeg"
image.width       #=> 250
image.height      #=> 300
image.dimensions  #=> [250, 300]
image.size        #=> 3451 (in bytes)
image.colorspace  #=> "DirectClass sRGB"
image.exif        #=> {"DateTimeOriginal" => "2013:09:04 08:03:39", ...}
image.resolution  #=> [75, 75]
image.signature   #=> "60a7848c4ca6e36b8e2c5dea632ecdc29e9637791d2c59ebf7a54c0c6a74ef7e"

If you need more control, you can also access raw image attributes:

image["%[gamma]"] # "0.9"

To get the all information about the image, MiniMagick gives you a handy method (which just converts the output from identify -verbose into a Hash):

image.details #=> {"Format" => "JPEG", "Mime type" => "image/jpeg", "Resolution" => "300x300", ...}

Configuration

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.cli = :graphicsmagick
  config.timeout = 5
end

For a complete list of configuration options, see Configuration.

Composite

MiniMagick also alows you to composite images:

first_image  = MiniMagick::Image.new("first.jpg")
second_image = MiniMagick::Image.new("second.jpg")
result = first_image.composite(second_image) do |c|
  c.compose "Over"    # OverCompositeOp
  c.geometry "+20+20" # copy second_image onto first_image from (20, 20)
end
result.write "output.jpg"

Layers/Frames/Pages

For multilayered images you can access its layers.

gif.frames #=> [...]
pdf.pages  #=> [...]
psd.layers #=> [...]

gif.frames.each_with_index do |frame, idx|
  frame.write("frame#{idx}.jpg")
end

Image validation

By default, MiniMagick validates images each time it's opening them. It validates them by running identify on them, and see if ImageMagick finds them valid. This adds slight overhead to the whole processing. Sometimes it's safe to assume that all input and output images are valid by default and turn off validation:

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.validate_on_create = false
  config.validate_on_write = false
end

You can test whether an image is valid:

image.valid?
image.validate! # raises MiniMagick::Invalid if image is invalid

Debugging

When things go wrong and commands start failing, you can set the debug mode:

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.debug = true
end

In this mode every command that gets executed in the shell will be written to stdout.

Switching CLIs (ImageMagick <=> GraphicsMagick)

Default CLI is ImageMagick, but if you want to use GraphicsMagick, you can specify it in configuration:

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.cli = :graphicsmagick
end

If you're a real ImageMagick guru, you might want to use GraphicsMagick only for certain processing blocks (because it's more efficient), or vice versa. You can acomplish this with .with_cli:

MiniMagick.with_cli(:graphicsmagick) do
  # Some processing that GraphicsMagick is better at
end

Metal

If you want to be close to the metal, you can use ImageMagick's command-line tools directly.

MiniMagick::Tool::Mogrify.new do |mogrify|
  mogrify.resize("100x100")
  mogrify.negate
  mogrify << "image.jpg"
end #=> `mogrify -resize 100x100 -negate image.jpg`

# OR

mogrify = MiniMagick::Tool::Mogrify.new
mogrify.resize("100x100")
mogrify.negate
mogrify << "image.jpg"
mogrify.call #=> `mogrify -resize 100x100 -negate image.jpg`

This way of using MiniMagick is highly recommended if you want to maximize performance of your image processing. Here are some of the features.

Appending

The most basic way of building a command is appending strings:

MiniMagick::Tool::Convert.new do |convert|
  convert << "input.jpg"
  convert.merge! ["-resize", "500x500", "-negate"]
  convert << "output.jpg"
end

Note that it's important that everything that in the command-line you would with a space you pass here as a separate argument

# GOOD
convert << "-resize" << "500x500"

# BAD
convert << "-resize 500x500"

Shell escaping is also handled for you. If an option has a value that has spaces inside it, just pass it as a regular string.

convert << "-distort"
convert << "Perspective"
convert << "0,0,0,0 0,45,0,45 69,0,60,10 69,45,60,35"
convert -distort Perspective '0,0,0,0 0,45,0,45 69,0,60,10 69,45,60,35'

Methods

Instead of passing in options directly, you can use Ruby methods:

convert.resize("500x500")
convert.rotate(90)
convert.distort("Perspective", "0,0,0,0 0,45,0,45 69,0,60,10 69,45,60,35")

MiniMagick knows which options each tool has, so you will get an explicit NoMethodError if you happen to have mispelled an option.

Chaining

Every method call returns self, so you can chain them to create logical groups.

MiniMagick::Tool::Convert.new do |convert|
  convert << "input.jpg"
  convert.clone(0).background('gray').shadow('80x5+5+5')
  convert.negate
  convert << "output.jpg"
end

"Plus" options

MiniMagick::Tool::Convert.new do |convert|
  convert << "input.jpg"
  convert.repage.+
  convert.distort.+("Perspective", "more args")
end
convert input.jpg +repage +distort Perspective 'more args'

Stacks

MiniMagick::Tool::Convert.new do |convert|
  convert << "wand.gif"
  convert.stack do |stack|
    stack << "wand.gif"
    stack.rotate(30)
  end
  convert << "images.gif"
end
convert wand.gif \( wand.gif -rotate 90 \) images.gif

Troubleshooting

Errors being raised when they shouldn't

This gem raises an error when ImageMagick returns a nonzero exit code. Sometimes, however, ImageMagick returns nonzero exit codes when the command actually went ok. In these cases, to avoid raising errors, you can add the following configuration:

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.whiny = false
end

If you're using the metal version, you can pass the whiny value to the constructor:

MiniMagick::Tool::Identify.new(false) do |b|
  b.help
end

Errno::ENOMEM

It can happen that, when dealing with very large images, the process runs out of memory, and Errno::ENOMEM is raised in your code. In that case try installing the posix-spawn gem, and tell MiniMagick to use it when executing shell commands.

MiniMagick.configure do |config|
  config.shell_api = "posix-spawn"
end

Thinking of switching from RMagick?

Unlike RMagick, MiniMagick is a much thinner wrapper around ImageMagick.

  • To piece together MiniMagick commands refer to the Mogrify Documentation. For instance you can use the -flop option as image.flop.
  • Operations on a MiniMagick image tend to happen in-place as image.trim, whereas RMagick has both copying and in-place methods like image.trim and image.trim!.
  • To open files with MiniMagick you use MiniMagick::Image.open as you would Magick::Image.read. To open a file and directly edit it, use MiniMagick::Image.new.
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