David Janes' Code Weblog

November 16, 2009

PIL, libjpeg, jpeg and Mac OS/X Snow Leopard

macintosh,python,tips · David Janes · 7:47 am ·

If you want to the use the Python Imaging Library on Mac OS/X Snow Leopard, these instructions appear to be the best way to to get libjpeg installed:

1. Download the source from http://libjpeg.sourceforge.net/

2. Extract, configure, make:

tar zxvf jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz
cd jpeg-6b
cp /usr/share/libtool/config/config.sub .
cp /usr/share/libtool/config/config.guess .
./configure --enable-shared --enable-static

3. You may need to create the following directories:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/include
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/lib
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/man/man1

4. Now you can install it as usual.

sudo make install

I used to use Fink on Leopard, but it didn’t seem to work to well this time. If you’ve previously made an attempt at installing PIL, make sure to rm -rf build.

1 comment

  1. Fantastic instructions, I was having trouble with jpeg support being missing from Python PIL library. Thanks for posting this.

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