Resizing an image to smaller size


Kurian Benoy


July 15, 2021

Resizing images to smaller dimension to satisfy the file size or height/width requirements is something we have faced multiple times. Most of the online tools which I previously used were full of advertisments, and even required to login which is something I hated a lot. Today I learned to do this tedious job with python and it’s pretty easy also.

Library used: Pillow

import os, sys
from PIL import Image

size = (720, 720)

for infile in sys.argv[1:]:
    outfile = os.path.splitext(infile)[0] + f"{size[0]}.jpg"
    if infile != outfile:
            with as im:
      , "JPEG")
        except OSError:
            print("cannot create thumbnail for", infile)

Save file as and run the script with:

python3 image.jpg

Thanks to Jishnu and Rajeesh, I learned there is another tool called ImageMagick. It can also resize images, along with a ton more other cool stuff.

To Install ImageMagick in your debian based distro:

sudo apt install imagemagick

To resize images with height, width use the option:

convert -resize 300x720 image.jpg resized_image.jpg

You can resize also based on the quality as follows:

convert -quality 50 image.jpg resized_image.jpg