How to Install ImageMagick 7 on Ubuntu LEMP/LAMP stacks

Last updated: November 1st 2023


This article provides instructions on how to install ImageMagick version 7, along with the PHP extension.

We'll use a script to install the ImageMagick, and then compile the PHP extension.

Let's get started.


  • A server using Ubuntu LEMP/LAMP image
  • SSH access to your server.

Note: The below steps have to be rerun if you change the PHP version on your Ubuntu LEMP/LAMP stack from the "Manage PHP" screen.

Installing ImageMagick v7

We'll use the ImageMagick Easy Install script to install it.

First, remove the existing imagemagick package if it is already installed using:

$ sudo apt remove imagemagick

Switch to root user using:

$ sudo su

Now run the IM7 script. Copy/paste the below command to the command line and run it. For changing the build options, please check the easy install script documentation.

t=$(mktemp) && \
wget '' -qO "$t" && \
bash "$t" && \
rm "$t"

The script will take a while to finish the compilation and will install the latest version of ImageMagick.

To verify the installed version, you can check by running the below command.

$ convert --version

Sample output:

Version: ImageMagick 7.1.1-21 Q16-HDRI x86_64 dcffc2de3:20231021
Copyright: (C) 1999 ImageMagick Studio LLC
Features: Cipher DPC HDRI Modules OpenMP(4.5) 
Delegates (built-in): bzlib cairo djvu fftw fontconfig freetype gslib gvc heic jbig jng jp2 jpeg jxl lcms lqr ltdl lzma openexr pangocairo png ps raqm raw rsvg tiff webp wmf x xml zip zlib
Compiler: gcc (11.4)

Installing the Imagick PHP Extension

Make sure you have git installed. If it's not installed you can install it using apt.

$ sudo apt install git

Now, to install the imagick PHP extension run the below commands as the root user.

$ git clone  
$ cd imagick  
$ phpize && ./configure  
$ make  
$ make install

After the imagick extension is installed you can verify it on the phpinfo page.

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That's it :)


This article provided instructions on how you can install the latest version of ImageMagick along with the PHP extension.

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