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The wish is to manipulate images from the command line using the ImageMagick tools.

No package manager because:

  1. The MacPorts port and Homebrew brew package managers have Xcode dependencies.
  2. Xcode is a 4.1GB download for version 3.2.6 and I am not willing to wait for that.
  3. Loads of dependencies exists in the packages themselves.
  4. For example ImageMagick using homebrew depends on pkg-config, which fails to download: curl: (7) couldn't connect to host.

The ImageMagick.org supplied precompiled binary release is also no option as that ImageMagick-x86_64-apple-darwin12.0.0.tar.gz binary is compiled for Darwin version 12 (Mountain Lion) which results in "segmentation faults" when being run on Snow Leopard (10.6.8).

How to install ImageMagick on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using a precompiled binary (without a package manager)?

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  1. Search for an old version of the binary ImageMagick release named "ImageMagick-x86_64-apple-darwin10" that runs on 10.6.8, for example:
  2. Download and extract the files.
  3. Move the ImageMagick-6.6.7 folder to your home folder.
  4. Start terminal and execute this command: $ export MAGICK_HOME="$HOME/ImageMagick-6.6.7";export PATH="$MAGICK_HOME/bin:$PATH";export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH="$MAGICK_HOME/lib/"
  5. Ready
  • Thanks for that link to the old version of ImageMagick! These should be available from ImageMagick themselves... – user65646 Dec 25 '13 at 8:47
  • This answer works fine for 10.6 – markratledge Nov 27 '14 at 4:58

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