imago2 - image file I/O library


Imago is a simple C library for reading and writing images in many different image file formats.

Currently supported file formats:


Copyright (C) 2010-2019 John Tsiombikas <>

You may freely use, modify and/or redistribute libimago, under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 3 (or at your option, any later version published by the Free Software Foundation). See COPYING and COPYING.LESSER for details.


Latest release: libimago 2.2 Grab the latest source code from github

Usage example

Check out the example program under test/, and the heavily commented imago2.h header file, to find out how to use libimago.

The simplest way to load image data in RGBA 32bit is:

int width, height;
unsigned char *pixels = img_load_pixels("foo.png", &width, &height, IMG_FMT_RGBA32);

To load image data in the closest possible format to whatever is natively stored in each particular image file, use:

struct img_pixmap img;
img_load(&img, "foo.png");
/* use img.fmt to determine the actual pixel format we got */

There's also an optional interface for loading an image and creating an OpenGL texture out of it in a single call:

unsigned int texture = img_gltexture_load("foo.png");


To build and install imago2 on UNIX run:

make install

If you wish to avoid the libpng or libjpeg dependencies, you may disable support for these formats by passing --disable-png or --disable-jpeg to configure.

To build on windows just use msys2/mingw32 and follow the UNIX instructions.

To cross-compile for windows with mingw-w64, try the following incantation:

./configure --prefix=/usr/i686-w64-mingw32
make CC=i686-w64-mingw32-gcc AR=i686-w64-mingw32-ar sys=MINGW32
make install sys=MINGW32