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    Easy to setup and use, ImageMagick Node.js and Browser API and Command Line Interface.


    Playground & demos


    • JavaScript API for Node.js and Browser
    • Command line interface which supports simple straightforwards translation between ImageMagick utilities command line interface (like convert command).
    • Easy/Quick setup, no emscripten build needed.
    • Includes ImageMagick WebAssembly bundle (wasm - see sub project magick-wasm. It's also compatible with IM COmmand line utilities based API such as wasm-imagemagick.
      • So no build is necessary. Just npm install and you are ready to go, both in node.js and the browser.
    • Supports most of ImageMagick delegate libraries, such as gif, png, tiff, jpg, webp, fonts ttf/otf, raw, pdf, fftw, lcms, cypher, openjpeg, jp2, jpc (jpeg 2000), lcms (.icc profiles) and a lot more.
    • Speed and memory consumption are acceptable for images below 1000x1000. Then a resize could take .5 or more...
    • Supports all ImageMagick Command line Utilities such as convert, identify, montage, stc


    • See for progress, supported features / libraries ported , things not supported yet and and roadmap.
    • Most libraries and features supported. Each has a test (formats, features, commands)

    WebAssembly build

    See magick-wasm


    npm install magica

    If you only will use the Command Line Interface perhaps a better option is installing it globally:

    npm install -g magica

    Command line

    The command line interface will let you use the same Image Magick commands. The only difference is that you will need to explicitly list the input files paths.

    In the following example we execute identify n.png:

    $ magica --command "convert foo.tiff -scale 30% -rotate 33 output/img/bar.png" --input ../img/foo.tiff
    $ magica --command "identify bar.png" --input output/img/bar.png 
    bar.png PNG 109x145 109x145+0+0 8-bit sRGB 39796B 0.000u 0:00.000

    Notice that besides passing the ImageMagick command with --command we also passed the image files using --input. It is important that the basename of given input files match the file names referenced in the command (n.png):

    Some other examples:

    magica --input "frames_*.jpg" --command "convert 'frames_[0-9].gif' -scale 44% tmp.gif"

    TODO: verify that works

    • --input can be a glob of files, useful for batch multiple images or to build gifs from several images.
    • For quoteing arguments inside --command use single quotes '

    JavaScript API

    The JavaScript API is equivalent to the Command Line Interface. The command references files that are passed separately. Since this library supports both Node.js and the browser, users are responsible of providing the input file contents.


    In the following example we convert an image in Node.js. (Checkout run() for a flexible script-like syntax below)

    import {main} from 'magica'
    import { readFileSync, writeFileSync } from 'fs'
    (async ()=>{
     const result = await main({
        debug: true,
        command: 'convert foo.png -scale 50% foo2.png',
        inputFiles: [ 'test/assets/n.png' ]
      result.outputFiles.forEach(f => writeFileSync(, f.content))


    The following example is analog to the previous one but in the browser:

    import {main} from 'magica'
    (async ()=>{
     const result = await main({
        debug: true,
        command: 'convert bar.gif -scale 150% -rotate 45 foo.png',
        inputFiles: [ 'static/img/bar.gif' ]
      const dataUrl = `data:image/png;base64,${btoa(String.fromCharCode(...result.outputFiles[0].content))}`
      document.getElementById('img-foo').src = dataUrl

    Browser setup

    • IMPORTANT: make sure dist/src/imageMagick/compiled/magick.wasm is located at the same folder of your .js bundle file.
    • the rest of the files you can be bundled with any technology like browserify, parcel, webpack etc.
    • See npm script "browser-sample". Run "npm run browser-sample" and look samples at test-browser/ file
    • browser tests can be executed (run with puppeteer) with npm run test-browser

    WASM file in different location

    If you need to load magick.wasm from a different location than your index.html and even from magick.js it can be done by declaring a global variable with its url or adding a parameter in magica.js script src attribute:

    Global variable:

    <script src="other/location/magica.js"></script>

    Script src attribute with a parameter

    <script src="other/location/magica.js?MAGICA_WASM_LOCATION="></script>

    Web Worker

    Of course in the browser you will want to use a web-worker to process images. Just pass the command object as a message, execute main() in the worker and return back the result.

    Both the command and result objects are designed to transfer data between main thread and worker optimally.

    See test-browser/webWorker and npm run test-worker script for a working simple example.

    run(): command script/template syntax

    While ImageMagick provides a syntax to run complex commands performing several operations, main() will be enough most of the time.

    Nevertheless magica also supports run() which accept allows to create scripts to execute several commands, just like bash scripts

    It supports comments, command splitting in mutiple lines by ending them with \, just like bash scripts:

    TODO: show one command divided with \\ and with comments

    Commands Sequence

    The most useful feature of run() is that it will run the commands serially, and each command output files will be available to next commands as input files automatically:

    TODO: example of multiple commands consuming output files

    JavaScript templates

    TODO: document templates <%= %> in run scripts. the syntax, available context properties and template helpers, how to add new context properties and how to add new template helpers.

    Commands pre processors

    run() supports adding custom commands preprocessor to support new syntax in scripts. JavaScript templates is a builtin concrete command preprocessor. TODO: example link to the API for registering a new prepro


    TODO: update with run() and script()

    Options are the same for the command line and the API:

    • --input: string[]: (command line only) Input file paths. It can also be glob patterns. For passing more than one use --input multiple times. It's important that the base name of these paths match the file names given in the command.
    • --command: string | string[]: An ImageMagick command, for example: "convert foo.png -scale 50% bar.gif".
    • --inputFiles?: string | string[]: (API only) The list of input files referenced in given command. It's important that the name of this files match the file names given in the command. If string and a file exists (node.js) then that file will be used. Otherwise it will be considered a url. In later cases, the filename will be the base name of file or url.
    • --localNodeFsRoot?: string:
    • --emscriptenNodeFsRoot?: string:
    • --help?: boolean: (command line only)
    • --debug?: boolean:
    • disableNodeFs?: boolean: (node.js only) Don't use system's filesystem in Node.js but memory filesystem (just like in the browser). This could be faster if read/write many images but consumes more memory.

    Reference API


    • I really need a 100% JavaScript node.js API and CLI which wasm-imagemagick currently doesn't provides.
    • I contributed in wasm-imagemagick's JavaScript API (for browser only) and I wanted to revisit:
    • Support node.js without having two separate distribution or using different technologies / APIs.
    • Although the principles of the API are the same, this project aims to simplifies some parts of it.
    • Clearly de couple the wasm build process and its internal details from the user API assuming a well known, simple API (see below).
    • Although currently wasm-imagemagick is the most mature (and I would working) ImageMagick emscripten port, there are other initiatives which could support more features or have better performance. This library is designed to easily support these emscripten wasm "binaries" without big changes (or even switch between them)
    • Don't want to be responsible of compiling .wasm, so this project includes and uses wasm-imagemagick files directly. src/imageMagick/compiled/ can be generated from that project executing npm run test-node.
    • wasm-imagemagick, Magick.Native and possibly others perform an complex task of porting ImageMagick to JavaScript which is not a trivial task, involving several C++ libraries (with alternatives). For example they should test if png, jpeg, and all Imagemagick transformations and combinations work OK.
    • I believe the end user API should be built on top of this, in an independent project that assumes only a simple ImageMagick API is supported. Currently this API is the Command Line interface of ImageMagick command line utilities like convert, ìdentify, mogrify, etc. (Notice that is not the C/C++ API like MagickCore, MagickWand, etc, but the Command line interface of utilities like convert which IMO covers 99% of use cases and is easy to use (compared to the C/C++ APIs).
    • If a ImageMagick emscripten port supports this ImageMagick utilities Command line interface, then it should be automatically used by this project. (just replacing the .wasm should be enough)
    • I wanted have tests in Node.js and Browser and a easy/scalable framework for that.

    TODO / Road map



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