RMagick & ImageMagick from Source: Mac OSX Leopard

April 9th, 2008

The Problem

I know that there are a lot of dependencies that go along with installing RMagick from source on Leopard.  For this reason, I was very interested in the idea of packing all of the commands into a script and just letting it run.  If you are like me, your past with scripts has been grey at best; i.e. there always seems to be some sort of problem that kills your script. Then you have to search through it to find where it broke and you spend a lot of time aligning yourself with something that might not even work.

The reason most of these scripts will fail is that references are now broken or code deprecated. If it fails, I then have to make sure that http://whatever.com still exists and is hosting the file and version that I need. I got to thinking… so often I would like (at least) the option of using something that is a bit older, but can be run smoothly.

The ‘Dependencies’/Libraries

This script uses Ruby to install ImageMagick and RMagick, with the necessary dependencies for gif, jpg, png, freetype, tiff,¬†libwmf (?),¬†littlecms (?), and¬†ghostscript (?). ¬†It rely’s on these libraries:








Ghostscript Fonts:


When I found this script these URLs were built in so that if one of the URLs didn’t work, it would break. That is fine, but it is not built to find the newest and greatest, or make sure that the newest still works with everything else. So why not just package all of those url’s libraries together and make that downloadable here. I may be breaking a law or something… (if I am let me know) but I think these are all open-source.

The Instructions

So here is how it is done.

Download the zip (39.5 MB)
– Unpack it
– Open Terminal.app

cd /to/inside/the/unzipped/dir
ruby setup.rb

Now just let it run. (You may have to put in your password every once in a while because of the ‘sudo’s).

I should also note that I had X11 (Applications > Utilities > X11) and Xcode 3.0 (Macintosh HD > Developer > Applications > Xcode) installed when I ran this script.  I am not sure how much this helped/effected the script running, but I do have these installed and runnable.

The Original

Again, a special thanks to Solomon White who originally posted this script at his blog.

Here are some other references for this technique.

John Ford:

Ben Reubenstein:

Here is what I found at Solomon’s website.

curl -O http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/freetype/freetype-2.3.5.tar.gz
tar xzvf freetype-2.3.5.tar.gz
cd freetype-2.3.5
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://superb-west.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/libpng/libpng-1.2.22.tar.bz2
tar jxvf libpng-1.2.22.tar.bz2
cd libpng-1.2.22
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://ftp.uu.net/graphics/jpeg/jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
tar xzvf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
cd jpeg-6b
ln -s `which glibtool` ./libtool
./configure --enable-shared --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://ftp.remotesensing.org/libtiff/tiff-3.8.2.tar.gz
tar xzvf tiff-3.8.2.tar.gz
cd tiff-3.8.2
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://jaist.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/wvware/libwmf-
tar xzvf libwmf-
cd libwmf-
make clean
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O http://www.littlecms.com/lcms-1.17.tar.gz
tar xzvf lcms-1.17.tar.gz
cd lcms-1.17
make clean
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/GPL/gs860/ghostscript-8.60.tar.gz
tar zxvf ghostscript-8.60.tar.gz
cd ghostscript-8.60/
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install
cd ..

curl -O ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/GPL/current/ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
tar zxvf ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
sudo mv fonts /usr/local/share/ghostscript

curl -O ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/ImageMagick-6.3.8-11.tar.gz
tar -xzvf ImageMagick-6.3.8-11.tar.gz
cd ImageMagick-6.3.8
export CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include
export LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib
./configure --prefix=/usr/local --disable-static --with-modules --without-perl --without-magick-plus-plus --with-quantum-depth=8 --with-gs-font-dir=/usr/local/share/ghostscript/fonts
sudo make install
cd ..

sudo gem install rmagick

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