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sys mozjpeg-sys

FFI bindings for MozJPEG v4. MozJPEG is automatically built and linked statically. Requires nasm and a C compiler.

23 releases (stable)

2.0.6 Jan 23, 2024
2.0.5 Oct 19, 2023
2.0.2 Sep 15, 2023
1.1.1 Aug 26, 2023
0.0.4 Jan 31, 2015

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Low-level MozJPEG bindings for Rust

This crate exposes the raw libjpeg API, so the libjpeg usage manual applies. You'll most likely want to use it via a higher-level API instead :)

Many fields in structs are marked as private by default, but if you need to access them, make a pull request marking them pub.


  • build-essentials (gcc, etc.)
  • nasm for Intel CPUs, gas for ARM. Note: Apple's Xcode ships an incredibly outdated version of nasm that won't work.

This crate supports x86, x86-64 and ARM64.


In Rust/Cargo, add "mozjpeg-sys" as a dependency in Cargo.toml.

In case you need the jpeglib.h header for C code built with Cargo, the required include paths (use env::split_paths()) are set for Cargo build scripts in the DEP_JPEG_INCLUDE env var.

For non-Rust projects you can build the library using Cargo:

cargo build --release

It creates target/release/libmozjpeg_sys.a and target/release/libmozjpeg_sys.{dll,so,dylib}, which can be linked with C and other languages.

By default nasm_simd feature is enabled, and this crate will try to compile SIMD support. Additionally, you can set TARGET_CPU environmental variable (equivalent to -march=$TARGET_CPU) to optimize all of C code for a specific CPU model.


let mut err: jpeg_error_mgr = mem::zeroed();
let mut cinfo: jpeg_decompress_struct = mem::zeroed();
cinfo.common.err = jpeg_std_error(&mut err);
jpeg_create_decompress(&mut cinfo);

let file_name = CString::new(file_name.as_bytes()).unwrap();
let mode = CString::new("rb").unwrap();
let fh = libc::fopen(file_name.as_ptr(), mode.as_ptr());
jpeg_stdio_src(&mut cinfo, fh);
jpeg_read_header(&mut cinfo, true as boolean);

// Available only after `jpeg_read_header()`
let width = cinfo.image_width;
let height = cinfo.image_height;

// Output settings be set before calling `jpeg_start_decompress()`
cinfo.out_color_space = J_COLOR_SPACE::JCS_RGB;
jpeg_start_decompress(&mut cinfo);
let row_stride = cinfo.image_width as usize * cinfo.output_components as usize;
let buffer_size = row_stride * cinfo.image_height as usize;
let mut buffer = vec![0u8; buffer_size];

while cinfo.output_scanline < cinfo.output_height {
    let offset = cinfo.output_scanline as usize * row_stride;
    let mut jsamparray = [buffer[offset..].as_mut_ptr()];
    jpeg_read_scanlines(&mut cinfo, jsamparray.as_mut_ptr(), 1);

jpeg_finish_decompress(&mut cinfo);
jpeg_destroy_decompress(&mut cinfo);


let quality = 98;
let file_name = CString::new("example_result.jpg").unwrap();
let mode = CString::new("wb").unwrap();
let fh = libc::fopen(file_name.as_ptr(), mode.as_ptr());

let mut err = mem::zeroed();
let mut cinfo: jpeg_compress_struct = mem::zeroed();
cinfo.common.err = jpeg_std_error(&mut err);
jpeg_create_compress(&mut cinfo);
jpeg_stdio_dest(&mut cinfo, fh);

cinfo.image_width = width;
cinfo.image_height = height;
cinfo.in_color_space = J_COLOR_SPACE::JCS_RGB;
cinfo.input_components = 3;
jpeg_set_defaults(&mut cinfo);

let row_stride = cinfo.image_width as usize * cinfo.input_components as usize;
cinfo.dct_method = J_DCT_METHOD::JDCT_ISLOW;
jpeg_set_quality(&mut cinfo, quality, true as boolean);

jpeg_start_compress(&mut cinfo, true as boolean);

while cinfo.next_scanline < cinfo.image_height {
    let offset = cinfo.next_scanline as usize * row_stride;
    let jsamparray = [buffer[offset..].as_ptr()];
    jpeg_write_scanlines(&mut cinfo, jsamparray.as_ptr(), 1);

jpeg_finish_compress(&mut cinfo);
jpeg_destroy_compress(&mut cinfo);