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Add GD Support for PHP

February 15, 2006 Posted by KP

To enable image (JPEG/PNG) manipulation for PHP, install gd extension from ports:

# cd /usr/ports/graphics/php4-gd
# make install clean
# apachectl graceful

If a PHP script needs gd module but can’t find it, it will display the following error:
Fatal error: Call to undefined function: imagecreatefromjpeg()

P.S. A simple problem could be troublesome for newbies if they can’t find the right web pages. When searching the solution to the above error, a FreeBSD user may be led to a Linux page which states that PHP must be recompiled with gd support. But this is not applicable for FreeBSD system. Hopefully, after I blog this problem, Google will lead them to this post, so that they can enable gd support for PHP within minutes without touching the main PHP installation.



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8 Comments to “Add GD Support for PHP”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This didnt work for me

  2. Anonymous Says:

    You need to rebuild php with the correct switch

  3. FreeBSD Newbie Says:

    That’s strange…I specially tested it on a second server, the only thing I did is installing gd extension.

  4. Marc Says:

    Yah… this did not work for me either… just tried to install it from ports… installs fine, just doesn’t show up in phpinfo() …

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Helpful, as I was trying to solve a similar problem: install MySQL support for PHP, not GD.

  6. bsd-n00b Says:

    Hey, this worked perfectly for me. The only difference is I used pkg_add -r php4-gd.

    I’m running 6.0 RELEASE, and I needed it for a drupal install. Worked perfectly as documented above. Make sure you don’t forget to HUP apache, though! Drupal didn’t pick up gd until I did the “apachectl graceful” step. After that – sweet as.

    Cheer
    Bill G.

  7. Ben Says:

    Worked very well for me with only a few minor differences. I’m using PHP5, so I replaced your first line with this:
    # cd /usr/ports/graphics/php4-gd

    As far as re-compilation of php goes, i’m uncertain of it’s prior status. I was never getting the error that you show in the example, but i was installing it to enable captcha in Gallery2, so Gallery tested for the GD support before I’d even hit that error.

    Thank you.

  8. Josh Says:

    Thanks! That was exactly what I needed!



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