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PIL vs Pillow

Pillow is the friendly PIL fork by Alex Clark and Contributors. PIL is the Python Imaging Library by Fredrik Lundh and Contributors.

Installation

External Libraries
  • Many of Pillow’s features require external libraries:

    • libjpeg provides JPEG functionality. Pillow has been tested with libjpeg versions 6b, 8, 9, and 9a and libjpeg-turbo version 8. Starting with Pillow 3.0.0, libjpeg is required by default, but may be disabled with the--disable-jpeg flag.
    • zlib provides access to compressed PNGsStarting with Pillow 3.0.0, zlib is required by default, but may be disabled with the--disable-zlib flag.
    • libtiff provides compressed TIFF functionalityPillow has been tested with libtiff versions 3.x and 4.0.
    • libfreetype provides type related services.
    • littlecms provides color managementPillow version 2.2.1 and below uses liblcms1, Pillow 2.3.0 and above uses liblcms2. Tested with 1.19 and 2.7.
    • libwebp provides the WebP format. Pillow has been tested with version 0.1.3, which does not read transparent WebP files. Versions 0.3.0 and above support transparency.
    • tcl/tk provides support for tkinter bitmap and photo images.
    • openjpeg provides JPEG 2000 functionality. Pillow has been tested with openjpeg 2.0.0 and 2.1.0. Pillow does not support the earlier 1.5 series which ships with Ubuntu and Debian.
  • Prerequisites are installed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Raspian Wheezy 7.0 with:

    $ sudo apt-get install libtiff4-dev libjpeg8-dev zlib1g-dev libfreetype6-dev liblcms2-dev libwebp-dev tcl8.5-dev tk8.5-dev python-tk
    
  • Prerequisites are installed on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with:

    $ sudo apt-get install libtiff5-dev libjpeg8-dev zlib1g-dev libfreetype6-dev liblcms2-dev libwebp-dev tcl8.6-dev tk8.6-dev python-tk
    
  • Prerequisites are installed on Fedora 23 with:

    $ sudo dnf install libtiff-devel libjpeg-devel libzip-devel freetype-devel lcms2-devel libwebp-devel tcl-devel tk-devel
    
  • Prerequisites are installed on Mac OS X with:

    $ brew install libtiff libjpeg webp littlecms
    
Pillow
$ pip install Pillow

References

[1] [email protected], Pillow — The friendly PIL fork

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