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imread: Image reading library

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mahotas-imread: Read Image Files

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IO with images and numpy arrays.

Mahotas-imread is a simple module with a small number of functions:

Reads an image file
Reads an image file with multiple images. Currently, TIFF and STK (a TIFF
sub-based format) support this function.
Writes an image file

Example (which uses `mahotas <>`__ for
Gaussian filtering)::

from imread import imread, imsave
from mahotas import gaussian_filter
lena = imread('lena.jpeg')

lena = gaussian_filter(lena.astype(float), 4.)
imsave('lena-filtered.jpeg', lena)

This grew out of frustration at current image loading solutions in Python, in
either my packages [`mahotas <>`__] or packages from
others [`scikit-image <>`__, for example].

The relationship with numpy is very contained and this could be easily
repurposed to load images in other frameworks, even other programming

`Online documentation <>`__

Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3+ are officially supported.

Python 3.2 (and earlier versions in the Python 3 series) are officially **not
supported**. Patches will be accepted if they do not mess up anything else, but
bug reports will not be considered as very high priority.


.. _Citation:

If you use imread on a published publication, please cite the main `mahotas
<>`__ paper (imread is a spin-off of mahotas):

**Luis Pedro Coelho** Mahotas: Open source software for scriptable computer
vision in Journal of Open Research Software, vol 1, 2013. [`DOI

In Bibtex format::

author = {Luis Pedro Coelho},
title = {Mahotas: Open source software for scriptable computer vision},
journal = {Journal of Open Research Software},
year = {2013},
doi = {},
month = {July},
volume = {1}


The easiest environment to install mahotas-imread is anaconda, through
`conda-forge <>`__. Just use::

conda config --add channels conda-forge
conda install imread

To compile on debian/ubuntu::

sudo apt-get install libpng12-dev libtiff4-dev libwebp-dev
sudo apt-get install xcftools

To compile on Mac::

sudo port install libpng tiff webp

Either way, you can then compile with::

python build

and install with::

python install

On Windows, you can also just download a pre-built package from `C. Gohlke's
repository <>`__

On nix, you can use::

nix-env -iA nixpkgs.python27Packages.imread

or use the ``pkgs.python27Packages.imread`` object in your ``*.nix`` files.

Links & Contacts

*Documentation*: ` <>`__

*Issue Tracker*: `github imread issues <>`__

*Mailing List*: Use the `pythonvision mailing list
<>`_ for questions, bug
submissions, etc.

*Main Author & Maintainer*: `Luis Pedro Coelho <>`__ (follow on `twitter
<>`__ or `github


Version 0.7.0 (2018-09-30)
- Add support for reading ImageJ ROIs

Version 0.6.1 (2018-02-15)
- Support pathlib paths as function arguments
- Fix 16 bit PNG write support (patch by Tomi Aarnio)

Version 0.6 (2016-09-21)
- Add `supports_format` function
- Make png compression level tunable when calling imsave
- Add imsave_multi
- Add partial support for reading PNG files in Gray+alpha format

Version 0.5.1 (2014-11-06)
- Improve tests to work after installation
- Fix compilation in MSVC (patch by Christoph Gohlke)

Version 0.5 (2014-10-16)
- Add magic-number based format auto-detection
- Auto detect whether webp is installed
- Fix WebP reading (update to newer API)

Version 0.4 (2014-07-21)
- Add configuration for TIFF saving
- Correctly save 16 bit PNG images
- Better error messages for JPEG

Version 0.3.2 (2013-10-06)
- Added imload*/imwrite synonyms as suggested by Thouis (Ray) Jones
- Options framework
- Allow user to specify JPEG quality when saving
- Fix loading of 16 bit PNG images

Version 0.3.1 (2013-06-20)
- Fix possible crash on error with TIFF
- Fix compilation on Windows (reported by Volker Hilsenstein)
- Make it easy to compile without WebP

Version 0.3.0 (2013-07-29)
- Support for reading from in-memory blobs
- Support for reading & writing TIFF metadata
- Add PHOTOMETRIC tag to TIFF (reported by Volker Hilsenstein)
- Support writing RGB TIFFs

Version 0.2.6 (2013-06-19)
- Fix hard crash when saving with non-existing file type
- Fix compilation on MacOS (patch by Alexander Bohn)
- Add ``verbose`` argument to
- Better error when attempting to save floating point images

Version 0.2.5 (2012-10-29)
- Correctly accept uppercase extensions
- Python 3 support (patch by Christoph Gohlke [pull request 8 on github])
- Read 1-Bit PNGs
- Read simple BMPs (compression and many bit types not supported)
- More complete debug mode (export DEBUG=2 when building), more checks

Version 0.2.4 (2012-06-26)
- Add lzw.cpp to source distribution
- Support saving 16-bit TIFF
- Better Mac OS support (patch from Alexander Bohn)

Version 0.2.3 (2012-06-8)
- Fix imread_multi

Version 0.2.2 (2012-06-5)
- Add `formatstr` argument to imread
- Open files in binary mode on Windows (patch by Christoph Gohlke)
- Read-only support for LSM files
- Read-only support for XCF files (through `xcf2png`)
- Fix writing of non-contiguous images (at least PNG was affected)

Version 0.2.1 (2012-02-11)
- Add missing files to distribution

Version 0.2 (2012-03-19)
- Compile on MSVC++ (Patches by Christoph Gohlke)
- Support for WebP
- Support for 1-bit TIFFs
- Better error message
- Support for multi-page TIFF reading
- Experimental read-only support for STK files

Version 0.1 (2012-02-28)

- Support for PNG
- Support for TIFF
- Support for JPEG

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