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Imaging library written in Rust. Provides basic filters and decoders for the most common image formats.

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An Image Processing Library

This crate provides basic imaging processing functions and methods for converting to and from image formats.

All image processing functions provided operate on types that implement the GenericImageView and GenericImage traits and return an ImageBuffer.

1. Documentation


2. Supported Image Formats

image provides implementations of common image format encoders and decoders.

2.1 Supported Image Formats

Format Decoding Encoding
PNG All supported color types Same as decoding
JPEG Baseline and progressive Baseline JPEG
GIF Yes Yes
BMP Yes RGB(8), RGBA(8), Gray(8), GrayA(8)
ICO Yes Yes
TIFF Baseline(no fax support) + LZW + PackBits RGB(8), RGBA(8), Gray(8)
WebP Lossy(Luma channel only) No
AVIF No Lossy
PNM PBM, PGM, PPM, standard PAM Yes
TGA Yes RGB(8), RGBA(8), BGR(8), BGRA(8), Gray(8), GrayA(8)
farbfeld Yes Yes

2.2 The ImageDecoder and ImageDecoderExt Traits

All image format decoders implement the ImageDecoder trait which provide basic methods for getting image metadata and decoding images. Some formats additionally provide ImageDecoderExt implementations which allow for decoding only part of an image at once.

The most important methods for decoders are...

  • dimensions: Return a tuple containing the width and height of the image.
  • color_type: Return the color type of the image data produced by this decoder.
  • read_image: Decode the entire image into a slice of bytes.

3 Pixels

image provides the following pixel types:

  • Rgb: RGB pixel
  • Rgba: RGBA pixel
  • Luma: Grayscale pixel
  • LumaA: Grayscale with alpha

All pixels are parameterised by their component type.

4 Images

4.1 The GenericImageView and GenericImage Traits

Traits that provide methods for inspecting (GenericImageView) and manipulating (GenericImage) images, parameterised over the image's pixel type.

Some of these methods for GenericImageView are...

  • dimensions: Return a tuple containing the width and height of the image.
  • get_pixel: Returns the pixel located at (x, y).
  • pixels: Returns an Iterator over the pixels of this image.

While some of the methods for GenericImage are...

  • put_pixel: Put a pixel at location (x, y).
  • copy_from: Copies all of the pixels from another image into this image.

4.2 Representation of Images

image provides two main ways of representing image data:

4.2.1 ImageBuffer

An image parameterised by its Pixel types, represented by a width and height and a vector of pixels. It provides direct access to its pixels and implements the GenericImageView and GenericImage traits.

extern crate image;

use image::{GenericImage, GenericImageView, ImageBuffer, RgbImage};

// Construct a new RGB ImageBuffer with the specified width and height.
let img: RgbImage = ImageBuffer::new(512, 512);

// Construct a new by repeated calls to the supplied closure.
let mut img = ImageBuffer::from_fn(512, 512, |x, y| {
    if x % 2 == 0 {
    } else {

// Obtain the image's width and height.
let (width, height) = img.dimensions();

// Access the pixel at coordinate (100, 100).
let pixel = img[(100, 100)];

// Or use the `get_pixel` method from the `GenericImage` trait.
let pixel = *img.get_pixel(100, 100);

// Put a pixel at coordinate (100, 100).
img.put_pixel(100, 100, pixel);

// Iterate over all pixels in the image.
for pixel in img.pixels() {
    // Do something with pixel.

4.2.2 DynamicImage

A DynamicImage is an enumeration over all supported ImageBuffer<P> types. Its exact image type is determined at runtime. It is the type returned when opening an image. For convenience DynamicImage reimplements all image processing functions.

DynamicImage implement the GenericImageView and GenericImage traits for RGBA pixels.

4.2.3 SubImage

A view into another image, delimited by the coordinates of a rectangle. This is used to perform image processing functions on a subregion of an image.

extern crate image;

use image::{GenericImageView, ImageBuffer, RgbImage, imageops};

let mut img: RgbImage = ImageBuffer::new(512, 512);
let subimg = imageops::crop(&mut img, 0, 0, 100, 100);

assert!(subimg.dimensions() == (100, 100));

5 Image Processing Functions

These are the functions defined in the imageops module. All functions operate on types that implement the GenericImage trait.

  • blur: Performs a Gaussian blur on the supplied image.
  • brighten: Brighten the supplied image
  • huerotate: Hue rotate the supplied image by degrees
  • contrast: Adjust the contrast of the supplied image
  • crop: Return a mutable view into an image
  • filter3x3: Perform a 3x3 box filter on the supplied image.
  • flip_horizontal: Flip an image horizontally
  • flip_vertical: Flip an image vertically
  • grayscale: Convert the supplied image to grayscale
  • invert: Invert each pixel within the supplied image This function operates in place.
  • resize: Resize the supplied image to the specified dimensions
  • rotate180: Rotate an image 180 degrees clockwise.
  • rotate270: Rotate an image 270 degrees clockwise.
  • rotate90: Rotate an image 90 degrees clockwise.
  • unsharpen: Performs an unsharpen mask on the supplied image

For more options, see the imageproc crate.

6 Examples

6.1 Opening and Saving Images

image provides the open function for opening images from a path. The image format is determined from the path's file extension. An io module provides a reader which offer some more control.

extern crate image;

use image::GenericImageView;

fn main() {
    // Use the open function to load an image from a Path.
    // `open` returns a `DynamicImage` on success.
    let img = image::open("tests/images/jpg/progressive/cat.jpg").unwrap();

    // The dimensions method returns the images width and height.
    println!("dimensions {:?}", img.dimensions());

    // The color method returns the image's `ColorType`.
    println!("{:?}", img.color());

    // Write the contents of this image to the Writer in PNG format.

6.2 Generating Fractals

//! An example of generating julia fractals.
extern crate image;
extern crate num_complex;

fn main() {
    let imgx = 800;
    let imgy = 800;

    let scalex = 3.0 / imgx as f32;
    let scaley = 3.0 / imgy as f32;

    // Create a new ImgBuf with width: imgx and height: imgy
    let mut imgbuf = image::ImageBuffer::new(imgx, imgy);

    // Iterate over the coordinates and pixels of the image
    for (x, y, pixel) in imgbuf.enumerate_pixels_mut() {
        let r = (0.3 * x as f32) as u8;
        let b = (0.3 * y as f32) as u8;
        *pixel = image::Rgb([r, 0, b]);

    // A redundant loop to demonstrate reading image data
    for x in 0..imgx {
        for y in 0..imgy {
            let cx = y as f32 * scalex - 1.5;
            let cy = x as f32 * scaley - 1.5;

            let c = num_complex::Complex::new(-0.4, 0.6);
            let mut z = num_complex::Complex::new(cx, cy);

            let mut i = 0;
            while i < 255 && z.norm() <= 2.0 {
                z = z * z + c;
                i += 1;

            let pixel = imgbuf.get_pixel_mut(x, y);
            let image::Rgb(data) = *pixel;
            *pixel = image::Rgb([data[0], i as u8, data[2]]);

    // Save the image as “fractal.png”, the format is deduced from the path

Example output:

A Julia Fractal, c: -0.4 + 0.6i

6.3 Writing raw buffers

If the high level interface is not needed because the image was obtained by other means, image provides the function save_buffer to save a buffer to a file.

extern crate image;

fn main() {

    let buffer: &[u8] = unimplemented!(); // Generate the image data

    // Save the buffer as "image.png"
    image::save_buffer("image.png", buffer, 800, 600, image::ColorType::Rgb8).unwrap()


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