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
    1. https://windows.php.net/downloads/pecl/releases/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 -> php_imagick-3.7.0-7.4-nts-vc15-x64.zip
    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.

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