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I need to convert a PNG file to an EPS file. Various sources on the Web refer to the convert command on macOS, but that program does not appear to exist on macOS High Sierra.

How do I get it?

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There is no command/utility named convert built into macOS.

convert utility is installed as part of ImageMagick. You can easily install ImageMagick using Homebrew by running:

brew install imagemagick

To install Homebrew, run:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
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Once installed using @Nimesh Neema's answer you can find the location of the command by running

which convert
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There used to be a utility in MacOS at:

/System/Library/Printers/convert 

but it was removed some time ago, probably around Lion.

However, it was just a symlink to the cupsfilter command (though curiously it presented different flag options).

You can still use the cupsfilter command to convert to file types that MacOS understands, using their MIME type. The problem is that PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript share the same MIME type (application/postscript), and cupsfilter only outputs PostScript, rather than EPS.

EPS is a specific type of PS file, conforming to certain syntax conventions, designed for use as portable image files.

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  • thx for the insight – javadba Apr 20 at 14:29

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