import - Man Page

saves any visible window on an X server and outputs it as an image file. You can capture a single window, the entire screen, or any rectangular portion of the screen. The window to capture is selected by clicking the desired window or a program option.

Examples (TL;DR)


magick import [options] output-file


The import program is a member of the ImageMagick(1) suite of tools.  Use it to capture some or all of an X server screen and save the image to a file.

For more information about the import command, point your browser to file:///usr/share/doc/ImageMagick-7/www/import.html or


Image Settings:
 -adjoin              join images into a single multi-image file
 -border              include window border in the output image
 -colorspace type     alternate image colorspace
 -comment string      annotate image with comment
 -compress type       type of pixel compression when writing the image
 -define format:option
                      define one or more image format options
 -density geometry    horizontal and vertical density of the image
 -depth value         image depth
 -descend             obtain image by descending window hierarchy
 -display server      X server to contact
 -dispose method      layer disposal method
 -dither method       apply error diffusion to image
 -delay centiseconds  display the next image after pausing
 -encipher filename   convert plain pixels to cipher pixels
 -endian type         endianness (MSB or LSB) of the image
 -encoding type       text encoding type
 -filter type         use this filter when resizing an image
 -format "string"     output formatted image characteristics
 -frame               include window manager frame
 -gravity direction   which direction to gravitate towards
 -identify            identify the format and characteristics of the image
 -interlace type      None, Line, Plane, or Partition
 -interpolate method  pixel color interpolation method
 -label string        assign a label to an image
 -limit type value    Area, Disk, Map, or Memory resource limit
 -monitor             monitor progress
 -page geometry       size and location of an image canvas
 -pause seconds       seconds delay between snapshots
 -pointsize value     font point size
 -quality value       JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level
 -quiet               suppress all warning messages
 -regard-warnings     pay attention to warning messages
 -repage geometry     size and location of an image canvas
 -respect-parentheses settings remain in effect until parenthesis boundary
 -sampling-factor geometry
                      horizontal and vertical sampling factor
 -scene value         image scene number
 -screen              select image from root window
 -seed value          seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers
 -set property value  set an image property
 -silent              operate silently, i.e. don't ring any bells
 -snaps value         number of screen snapshots
 -support factor      resize support: > 1.0 is blurry, < 1.0 is sharp
 -synchronize         synchronize image to storage device
 -taint               declare the image as modified
 -transparent-color color
                      transparent color
 -treedepth value     color tree depth
 -verbose             print detailed information about the image
 -virtual-pixel method
                      Constant, Edge, Mirror, or Tile
 -window id           select window with this id or name
                       root selects the whole screen

Image Operators:
 -annotate geometry text
                      annotate the image with text
 -channel mask        set the image channel mask
 -colors value        preferred number of colors in the image
 -crop geometry       preferred size and location of the cropped image
 -extent geometry     set the image size
 -geometry geometry   preferred size or location of the image
 -help                print program options
 -monochrome          transform image to black and white
 -negate              replace each pixel with its complementary color
 -quantize colorspace reduce colors in this colorspace
 -resize geometry     resize the image
 -rotate degrees      apply Paeth rotation to the image
 -strip               strip image of all profiles and comments
 -thumbnail geometry  create a thumbnail of the image
 -transparent color   make this color transparent within the image
 -trim                trim image edges
 -type type           image type

Miscellaneous Options:
 -debug events        display copious debugging information
 -help                print program options
 -log format          format of debugging information
 -list type           print a list of supported option arguments
 -version             print version information

By default, 'file' is written in the Postscript image format.  To specify a particular image format, precede the filename with an image format name and a colon (i.e. ps:image) or specify the image type as the filename suffix (i.e.  Specify 'file' as '-' for standard input or output.

See Also


Referenced By

ImageMagick(1), miff(4), quantize(5).

Date: 2009/01/10 01:00:00 ImageMagick