ImageMagick includes a number of command-line utilities for manipulating images. Most of you are probably accustomed to editing images one at a time with a graphical user interface (GUI) with such programs as Gimp or Photoshop. However, a GUI is not always convenient. Suppose you want to process an image dynamically from a web script or you want to apply the same operations to many images or repeat a specific operation at different times to the same or different image. For these types of operations, the command-line image processing utility is appropriate.

The ImageMagick command-line tools exit with a status of 0 if the command line arguments have a proper syntax and no problems are encountered. Expect a descriptive message and an exit status of 1 if any exception occurs such as improper syntax, a problem reading or writing an image, or any other problem that prevents the command from completing successfully.

Here is a short description for each command-line tool. Click on the program name to get details about the program usage and a list of command-line options that alters how the program behaves. If you are just getting acquainted with ImageMagick, start with the magick program. Be sure to peruse Anthony Thyssen's tutorial on how to use ImageMagick utilities to create, edit, compose, or convert images from the command-line.

magick
convert between image formats as well as resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more.
magick-script
use this scripting language interpreter to convert between image formats as well as resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more.

We also support sub-commands for compatibility with ImageMagick version 6:

magick animate
animate an image sequence on any X server.
magick compare
mathematically and visually annotate the difference between an image and its reconstruction.
magick composite
overlap one image over another.
magick conjure
interpret and execute scripts written in the Magick Scripting Language (MSL).
magick convert
convert between image formats as well as resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more.
magick display
display an image or image sequence on any X server.
magick identify
describe the format and characteristics of one or more image files.
magick import
save any visible window on an X server and outputs it as an image file. You can capture a single window, the entire screen, or any rectangular portion of the screen.
magick mogrify
resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more. Mogrify overwrites the original image file, whereas, magick writes to a different image file.
magick montage
create a composite image by combining several separate images. The images are tiled on the composite image optionally adorned with a border, frame, image name, and more.
magick stream
a lightweight tool to stream one or more pixel components of the image or portion of the image to your choice of storage formats. It writes the pixel components as they are read from the input image a row at a time making stream desirable when working with large images or when you require raw pixel components.

Your installation may have direct ImageMagick version 6 compatibility links. If so, you can access the tools directly by referring to them by name. For example,

identify -verbose myImage.png