I have huge, 12GB, gallery on the server, full of images in various subfolders. Those files are too big and not used in full resolution. I need to resize all the images down to 820px wide (keeping proportions). So my question is - how can I create some kind of crawling script which would resize all images bigger then 820px and save them back overwriting original file?

Hope you can help me :-) Thank you in advance.

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    find . -name "*.jpg" -exec mogrify -resize 820x {} + will do them all; if you don't want to process the "less than 820px" ones, there are some options here. Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 14:00

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ImageMagick tools convert or mogrify will do the job.

You can get them via your package manager or the source/rpms here.

Basic usage (will overwrite the original file):

$ mogrify -resize 820x ./*.jpg

If you need recursion:

find . -name '*.jpg' -execdir mogrify -resize 820x {} +
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    I don't think that "820px wide (keeping proportions)" means "resizing to 820x820". It's rather more like "820px wide and whatever-the-proportion-is high" ;) Plus this does not handle recursiveness.
    – Erathiel
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 15:42
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    Good point. Edited!
    – user110549
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 19:22
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    If you want to make it so that it only resizes if they are larger than set dimensions and still keep the ratios, you can change it to this: find . -name '*.jpg' -execdir mogrify -resize '820x620>' {} \; Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 22:30
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    Caution: This will overwrite your existing images.
    – admin
    Commented Aug 9, 2019 at 21:31
  • Related: How do I control the compression rate of mogrify? (Super User)
    – Marc.2377
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 19:37

The script to resize all .png files in a folder to 30%. The original file can either be removed (if delete_original is true), or stays, in that case the resized file would get a name postfix rename_postfix:


for str in *.png; do
    #reverse strings
    reverse_str=$(echo $str | rev)
    reverse_substr=$(echo $substr | rev)
    #find index of reversed substring in reversed string
    #calculate last index
    index=$(( ${#str} - ${#substr} - $reverse_index ))
    # Extract the filename without extension
    if $delete_original; then
        # the name can remain, because the original will be removed
        # need a new name, two files will remain

    echo "extension = ${substr}, original = ${str}, filename = ${filename}, new = ${new_filename}"
    # Resize and convert the file to .jpg
    convert -resize 30% "${str}" "${new_filename}"

I think you should be able to write a function with the above body that would accept a directory argument, etc (if you want to make it go into subfolders)

The convert function is from the imagemagick library:

sudo apt install imagemagick

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