How to Install ImageMagick PHP Extension on Windows

In this article, I’m going to share how to install imagick PHP extension on Windows.

Table of Contents

  1. Find Info
  2. Download Files
  3. Configurations
  4. Check
  5. Example

Find Info

We need to find PHP version, thread safety and architecture. We can find these info in some ways. We can get these info from phpinfo(); very easily.

Please take a look at the red marks. We’ve found the three info.

Download Files

We need to download ImageMagick on Windows. Visit imagemagick website and download ImageMagick-<version>-Q16-<architecture>-dll.exe file & then install.

After installation, you can check the installed version from CMD:

magick -version

Now, we have to download Imagick for PHP and select the DLL from the latest available version.

Click on the DLL link. You’ll be redirected to the new page. Scroll down the page and you’ll find the DLL List.

From the above list, please match with your PHP version, architecture and thread safe info and download the file. The downloaded file will look like php_imagick-<version>-<thread-safe-or-not>-<php-compiled-version>-<architecture>.zip.

Lastly, we have to download required Imagick binaries. From the page, download the binaries according to your php & architecture info.

Note: You can easily download Imagick for PHP & Binaries from this link.


After downloading all files:

  1. Extract php_imagick.dll file from php_imagick-….zip, and save it to the ext directory of your PHP installation. Example: xampp’s PHP location C:\xampp\php\ext.
  2. Extract the DLL files from ImageMagick-….zip located in the bin folder that start with CORE_RL and IM_MOD_RL, and save them to the PHP root directory (where you have php.exe), or to a directory in your PATH variable
  3. Add this line to your php.ini file: extension=php_imagick.dll
  4. Restart the Apache/NGINX Windows service.


Now check the PHP info and search for imagick. If everything is correct, you’ll see these info:


You can run this code to check imagick works or not:


// Create an Imagick object
$image = new Imagick();

// Use newImage function to create new image
$image->newImage(650, 400, '#FF0000');

// Set the image format

header('Content-type: image/png');

// Display the output image
echo $image;

The article is over. Thanks for reading.