Optimize images on the fly

imgproxy is the blazing fast and secure image processing tool

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Install imgproxy

Upload images directly to the cloud or your cluster

Request images by specifying parameters in the request URL

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How it works

Built by Evil Martians developers for developers, imgproxy resizes and processes images on the fly and doesn’t consume disk space. It reduces your costs and removes the pricey requirement for all saved images to conform to specific formats

how imgproxy works

Our feature selection is guided by 15 years of development experience

  • Resizing
  • Cropping
  • Trimming
  • Padding
  • Rotating
  • Watermarking
  • Flattening
  • Filters
  • Pixelization
  • Blur
  • Semi-transparent background
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • saturation
  • Metadata / ICC profile stripping
  • Autoquality by the result file size
  • PDF support
  • Video thumbnail generation
  • Object detection
  • Custom per-image watermarks
  • GIF to MP4

Need more? Pro will meet all your needs.

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Why imgproxy?

Users generate a great deal of every application’s visual content: avatars, photos, product pictures. With different versions of your product tailored to different screens and devices, managing user uploads becomes a pain. Handling and resizing image files drains your storage, processing resources, and development time. imgproxy can solve this problem once and for all.

How most developers deal with images now:

  • Install an image processing tool on your servers.
  • Configure an image library or a plugin for your framework or programming language.
  • Upload user images: to the cloud or your own storage.
  • Optional: perform image resizing in a background processing queue.
  • Generate enough image versions to cater to all possible page designs and screen sizes…
  • … rinse and repeat for all the images you store every time you change your app’s design.

With imgproxy, everything is simple:

  • Install imgproxy.
  • Upload user images: directly to the cloud without any back-end processing—or to your own storage.
  • Request all images from imgproxy by putting desired parameters in the request URL. An image is processed on the fly and served directly.
  • That’s all!

Can be installed in your cluster

Image processing SaaS
  • Is a black box
  • that is controlled by someone, and
  • can be shut down one day.
  • It becomes expensive to scale, and
  • provides service as is; you can’t change it.
Own cluster
imgproxy in your cluster
  • Is transparent and
  • controlled by you only.
  • Costs depend on your infrastructure,
  • so you fully control scaling.
  • imgproxy is free and open source.

Security out of the box

Mass processing of images is potentially dangerous, security-wise. So it is a good idea to consider preventive measures first. imgproxy deals with the most common attack vectors:

Image bomb

Image bombs

imgproxy checks image type and its “real” dimensions and cancels processing if the image is fake or its size is too big—protecting you from GB-sized surprises, waste of processor time and denial of service.



imgproxy protects image URLs with a cryptographic signature, so attackers cannot cause a denial-of-service attack by requesting multiple image resizes.



imgproxy supports authorization by an HTTP header. It can hide the origin of your image to protect it from attackers, while still allowing to serve images from a CDN or a caching server.

Fast as in “instant”

imgproxy uses probably the most efficient image processing library out there, libvips. It is screaming fast and has a tiny memory footprint. See the comparison with some well-known alternatives in our benchmark.

Speed comparison

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See full documentation, or read our article for a step-by-step guide!

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Go further with our Pro version

For our most demanding customers, we can provide access to a Pro version of imgproxy that includes additional features and priority support for all your issues.

Build a custom solution

imgproxy development is backed by Evil Martians, a product development consultancy with more than ten years of experience in building successful applications. We are ready to consult your development team, adjust imgproxy to your needs, or even integrate it into your infrastructure.