Monthly Archives: February 2022

How to get IMAGICK working under Windows Server IIS

Here is the simple method to get IMAGICK working under Windows Server 2019/2022 and IIS 10.0 and later.


  1.  Presuming using PHP 7.4.X (current version is 7.4.27 as of 2/14/22).  NOTE:  This is not working properly under PHP 8.x
  2. Make sure you’ve downloaded the most current 7.4.X version and installed it on your IIS/PHP Manager, which properly sets up the handler mappings.
  3.  download IMAGICK
    2. Pick the most current, NON “RC” version.  For me, that was 3.7.0
    3. Download the version for PHP 7.4, NTS, vc15, x64
      1. For me, that was ->
    4. Make sure you have the Visual C 15 runtime installed.  (Google it and download/install if needed)
  4. Extract the archive above to a temporary directory
  5. copy php_imagick.dll to your PHP\ext directory.
    1. MAKE SURE you are in the correct directory, e.g. for me that was php-7.4.27-nts-Win32-vc15-x64\ext
  6. in the archive directory, SORT BY TYPE.
    1. Copy all CORE_RL*.DLL (28 files)
    2. Copy all FILTER*.DLL  (one)
    3. Copy all IM_MOD_RL (134 files)
    4. copy all these to your PHP version’s ROOT directory.  For me, that was 7.4.27-nts-Win32-vc15-x64  (NOT THE EXT DIRECTORY!)
  7.  Go to PHP manager and click on check PHPINFO().  When that comes up, scroll down and make sure you see a section for IMAGICK.
  8.  Note:  If you are using WordPress, please read this post to make sure you don’t get JSON errors.

WordPress There was an error. The response is not a valid JSON response.

If you are running WordPress on IIS and experiencing this issue, another thing you can check is the FastCGI settings to make sure the OPTIONS verb is allowed.

In my case, I am using a brand new setup of WordPress on a Windows Server 2019 IIS 10.0.  When I went to Appearance, Widgets, made a change and clicked “update” I would get the “There was an error. The response is not a valid JSON response.” message.

I looked at all my other settings including SSL, Permalinks, etc. and they all looked good.


On the site with this particular “There was an error. The response is not a valid JSON response.” issue, the fix was easy.

Go to Handler Mappings for the site in question.

Double click the version of PHP that is setup (under PHP Manager)



Make sure either “ALL“, or “One of the following” is selected.  If “One of the following” is selected, use this list:



Save your changes/close the dialog boxes and retry your save operation.