How to optimize image online in Linux?

By | January 15, 2015


Online image optimization in Linux:

Image compression may have an interest in many situations. For example, while writing a web article in which we need compressed images to reduce the total weight of a web page. Image compression may also need while sending an email. For this it is worthwhile to know how to do it quickly from command line. So here we will see how to lighten images in PNG, JPEG/JPG format with various tools.

PNG images optimization with pngcrush

First we need install pngcrush, in Debian we will use the below command:

For CentOS and RHEL, use this syntax:

Once installed, pngcrush is very easy to use, for example:

Here, “-brute” allows us better optimization of the image, “-e” compress the original image (Note: after specifying “-e” mention the name for compressed image which will be the output of the tool).

JPEG image optimization with jpegoptim

As similar to pngcrush first we need to install jpegoptim tool. The execution command for Debian:

For CentOS and RHEL machine:

To use jpegoptim and optimizing an image, we simply need to run the following command line:

We can also change the power of the compression with option “-m” followed by a number from 1 to 100 range. 1 will give a very light image, but with a very poor quality. 100 will give a smaller compression, but maintains certain quality. So we are the judge to decide what value to put in! Generally, 80 is a good ratio between lightness and image quality.