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Perfomance benchmarks of libvips library in comparison with other various image processing systems.
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The goal of this repo is to demonstrate the performance of the libvips library in comparison to other image processing systems. Currently an accent on ruby-vips: Ruby bindings for libvips library, is made.

Be sure to check out the official benchmarks page: VIPS - Speed and Memory Use for complete demonstration of performance and memory usage characteristics of VIPS library.

Last update: June 6, 2014.


$ bundle exec ./runner 
Darwin 13.2.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.2.0: Thu Apr 17 23:03:13 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2422.100.13~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

Ruby-vips 0.3.8 built against vips-7.38.5-Fri Jun  6 13:56:58 MSK 2014

Version: ImageMagick 6.8.8-9 Q16 x86_64 2014-06-06
Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2014 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: DPC Modules
Delegates: bzlib fftw freetype jng jpeg lcms ltdl png tiff xml zlib

Image Science 1.2.6

building test image ...
test image is 2900 by 4420 pixels
making tiff and jpeg derivatives ...
timing ruby/ruby-vips.rb ... done
timing ruby/rmagick.rb ... done
timing image-magick/image-magick ... done
timing ruby/image_sci.rb ... done
measuring memuse for ruby/ruby-vips.rb ... done
measuring memuse for ruby/rmagick.rb ... done
measuring memuse for ruby/image_sci.rb ... done

real time in seconds, fastest of three runs
benchmark   tiff    jpeg
ruby-vips.rb    1.42    1.62
image_sci.rb    1.47    1.70
rmagick.rb  1.63    1.87
image-magick    1.68    2.01

peak memory use in bytes
benchmark   peak RSS
ruby-vips.rb    184926208
image_sci.rb    629784576
rmagick.rb  1465909248

Performance test design

The repo has folders ruby/, cpp/ and others, each having platform specific scripts using various libraries available for this platform.

Each script is coded to execute the same scenario (see Scenario section).

Root folder contains runner script, running scripts available in all folders.

See "Do it yourself" section for how to run benchmark scenario.


Test scenario was taken from Speed and Memory use page from libvips Home page

Do it yourself

git clone

cd vips-benchmarks

bundle update

bundle exec ./runner 


Copyright (c) 2012, 2014 Stanislaw Pankevich and John Cupitt.

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