How to Install PHP ImageMagick Extension on Ubuntu 20.04

Imagick (ImageMagick extension) is a PHP extension used to modify the content images using the ImageMagick API. Many popular PHP applications such as WordPress use it for image optimization.

In this tutorial, we learn how to install the PHP ImageMagick extension on Ubuntu 20.04. Imagick supports  PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4.


Install Imagick on Ubuntu

First, update your Ubuntu system to resynchronize the package index files from their sources on Ubuntu.

$ sudo apt update

To install Imagick for PHP, type:

$ sudo apt install php-imagick

You can verify the installation, type:

$ php -m | grep imagick



Let's check the directory where PHP extensions are stored. First, find the directory where PHP extensions kept using the following command

$ php-config --extension-dir

Note: php-config command is part of php7.4-dev package.

Now list all PHP extensions using:

$ ll /usr/lib/php/20190902
List all PHP extensions
List all PHP extensions

Enable in php.ini file

If you using Apache, php.ini file location is /etc/php/7.4/apache2/php.ini and for Nginx is it /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini. You should replace the path according to your PHP version.

Add the following lines to the respective php.ini file


You can confirm by creating a PHP info page. For example, let's create an index.php file on the Apache webserver in the following default document root.

$ sudo nano /var/www/html/index.php

Next, copy and paste the sample PHP code below.


Save your changes and close the index.php file.

Now, open a web browser and enter serverIP/index.php.

PHP info page - Imagick
PHP info page - Imagick


In this tutorial, we learned how to install PHP ImageMagick Extension (Imagick) on Ubuntu 20.04.

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