Building GD on Mac OS X
August 6, 2004 by Camillah Ringes


How to Build GD on Mac OS X ? I have been trying to get the Smart Image Processor extension to work. Does anyone know where the GD library is supposed to go? I keep getting an error (GD Library not installed correctly).



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GD is a set of utilities for creating and manipulating JPEG and PNG images, as well as libraries for adding graphics support in particular PHP.  Smart Image Proccessor supports these libraries. The compile requires a couple of additional libraries to be installed first.


Create a temporary directory to build the libraries that GD requires, as well as GD itself. Also create the install directories since they may not yet exist.

mkdir build-gd
cd build-gd
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man /usr/local/include /usr/local/bin /usr/local/lib

Building the required libraries

For JPEG images support, the jpeg-6b libraries need to be installed.  Smart Image Proccessor can not function without them. Aside from relocating the man pages to the place where we expect them on Mac OS X, no changes are required.

Download and build the latest jpeg libraries:

curl -O
gnutar -xzf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
pushd jpeg-6b/
sudo make install mandir="/usr/local/share/man"
sudo make install-lib
sudo ranlib /usr/local/lib/libjpeg.a

For manipulating PNG files, the libpng code needs to be compiled. For the Smart Image Proccessor this part is not required, only if you want to support PNG files for resize. After resize the image gets always converted to a JPEG

Download and build the latest png libraries:

curl -O
gnutar -xzf libpng-1.2.5.tar.gz
pushd libpng-1.2.5/
cp scripts/makefile.macosx ./Makefile

perl -i.pre -p -e 's/-current_version \$\(PNGVER\)//g' Makefile

make zlibinc="/usr/lib" zliblib="/usr/lib"
sudo make install
sudo ranlib /usr/local/lib/libpng.a

GD also requires the zlib library, but Apple this one is supplied with Mac OS X.

Building GD

After completing the above steps, the actual GD source can be compiled. Because we don’t want to change the Makefile, the correct value for the COMPILER variable is passed. This will cause a couple of errors at the end of this compile, complaining about missing X-Windows directories. They aren't required, and it’s is nothing to worry about.
This will install the GD applications (webpng, pngtogd and a bunch of others) as well as the libraries that allow other applications to use GD functionality.

Download and build the latest GD:

curl -O
gnutar -xzf gd-1.8.4.tar.gz
pushd gd-1.8.4

sudo make install
sudo ranlib /usr/local/lib/libgd.a

There will be a warning about no symbols in the library, but that's something that can be safely ignored.

You are now ready to add GD support to PHP!


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