Table of Contents
- Installing RMagick
- Things that can go wrong
- More samples
- Reporting Bugs
- Development Setup
- Contact Information
RMagick is an interface between the Ruby programming language and the
ImageMagick image processing library.
O/S Linux, *BSD, OS X, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, other *nix-like systems.
Ruby Version 1.8.5 or later. You can get Ruby from www.ruby-lang.org.
Ruby must be able to build C-Extensions (e.g. MRI, Rubinius, not JRuby)
ImageMagick Version 6.4.9 or later. You can get ImageMagick from www.imagemagick.org.
On Ubuntu, you can run:
sudo apt-get install libmagickwand-dev
Note to Windows users: Please make sure that you choose an ImageMagick version that matches the bitness of your Ruby version.
Installing via Bundler
Add to your `Gemfile`:
Installing via RubyGems
gem install rmagick
RMagick is versioned according to Semantic Versioning.
For stable version compatible with Ruby 1.8+, use `~> 2.0`.
Upcoming version 3 will work on Ruby 2.x only.
Require RMagick in your project as follows:
Things that can go wrong
The RMagick installation FAQ
has answers to the most commonly reported problems, though may be out of date.
Can’t install RMagick. Can’t find libMagick or one of the dependent libraries. Check the mkmf.log file for more detailed information.
Typically this message means that one or more of the libraries that ImageMagick
depends on hasn’t been installed. Examine the mkmf.log file in the ext/RMagick
subdirectory of the installation directory for any error messages. These messages
typically contain enough additional information for you to be able to diagnose
the problem. Also see this FAQ.
On OS X with Homebrew, try [re]installing pkg-config:
brew uninstall pkg-config brew install pkg-config brew unlink pkg-config brew link pkg-config
Cannot open shared object file
If you get a message like this:
$DIR/RMagick.rb:11:in `require': libMagick.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory - $DIR/RMagick2.so (LoadError)
you probably do not have the directory in which the ImageMagick library
is installed in your load path. An easy way to fix this is to define
the directory in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable. For
example, suppose you installed the ImageMagick library libMagick.so in
/usr/local/lib. (By default this is where it is installed.) Create the
LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable like this:
On Linux, see
ld.so(8) for more information. On other operating
systems, see the documentation for the dynamic loading facility.
Default stack size of your operating system might be too small. Try removing the limit with this command:
ulimit -s unlimited
If you upgrade to a newer release of ImageMagick, make sure you’re using a
release of RMagick that supports that release. It’s safe to install a new
release of RMagick over an earlier release.
You can find more sample RMagick programs in the /example directory.
These programs are not installed in the RMagick documentation tree.
Please report bugs in RMagick, its documentation, or its installation
programs to me via the bug tracker on the RMagick issues page
However, I can’t help with Ruby installation and configuration or ImageMagick
installation and configuration. Information about reporting problems and
getting help for ImageMagick is available at the ImageMagick web site
or the ImageMagick Forum.
In order to minimize issues on your local machine, we recommend that you make
use of a Vagrant installation.
Steps to get up and running with a passing build are as follows:
1) set up the Vagrant environment
If you don’t already have Vagrant installed, you can download and install it
from here. Once installed, we can set up a pre-built environment:
git clone https://github.com/tjschuck/rake-compiler-dev-box.git cd rake-compiler-dev-box vagrant up
This last part will probably take a while as it has to download an Ubuntu image
and configure it. If there is an error during this process, you may need to
reboot your computer and enable virtualization in your BIOS settings.
2) clone RMagick and log in to the vagrant box
Within the `rake-compiler-dev-box` directory:
git clone https://github.com/rmagick/rmagick.git # or your fork vagrant ssh
3) install ImageMagick and additional environment stuff
cd /vagrant/rmagick export IMAGEMAGICK_VERSION=6.6.9-10 # the only known passing version as of this writing sh ./before_install_linux.sh
This will take just a few minutes to build ImageMagick
4) build RMagick
This compiles the RMagick extensions and runs the tests. If all goes well
you’ll see a lot of output, eventually ending in something like:
Finished tests in 35.865734s, 11.3758 tests/s, 6560.3007 assertions/s. 408 tests, 235290 assertions, 0 failures, 0 errors, 0 skips
And you’re all set! The copy of RMagick within `/vagrant/rmagick` inside your
Vagrant session is the same as the one in the `rake-compiler-dev-box` directory
on your machine. You can make changes locally and run tests within your `ssh`
Author: Tim Hunter, Omer Bar-or, Benjamin Thomas
Thanks to ImageMagick Studio LLC for ImageMagick
and for hosting the RMagick documentation.
Copyright © 2002-2009 by Timothy P. Hunter Changes since Nov. 2009 copyright © by Benjamin Thomas and Omer Bar-or Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
- Update ChangeLog
- Edit lib/rmagick/version.rb
- Are the tests passing? Run `rake` again just to be sure.
- `rake release`