How To Install vips on Ubuntu 22.04

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install vips on Ubuntu 22.04. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update vips.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install libvips-tools

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is vips and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Ubuntu 22.04. This guide was written specifically with a server running Ubuntu 22.04 in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install vips on Ubuntu 22.04. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install vips using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install vips using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install libvips-tools

Install vips using apt

Because vips is available in Ubuntu 22.04’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install vips using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install libvips-tools

Install vips using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Ubuntu 22.04. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install vips by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install libvips-tools

How to upgrade (update) a single package vips using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the vips, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install libvips-tools

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall vips from Ubuntu 22.04

To uninstall only the vips package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove libvips-tools

Uninstall vips and all its dependencies

To uninstall vips and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Ubuntu 22.04, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove libvips-tools

Remove vips with all configurations and data

To remove vips configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge libvips-tools

Remove vips completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to vips package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge libvips-tools

Extra info and code examples

VIPS is an image processing system designed with efficiency in mind. It is good with large images (ones that larger than the amount of RAM in your machine), and for working with colour. It can perform many image manipulation tasks much faster than other packages such as ImageMagick and the GIMP and includes some special features such as creating single "mosaic" images from multiple parts. VIPS consists of two main components: an image processing library with some command-line tools and a spreadsheet-like graphical user interface. The graphical interface is available in the nip2 package. This package includes several command-line utilities that make it possible to use some vips functionality from shell scripts or the command line.


You now have a full guide on how to install vips using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the vips from Ubuntu 22.04.

See also:

How To Install vips on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install vips on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install vips on Kali Linux

How To Install vips on CentOS 8

How To Install vips on Fedora 34

How To Install vips on Debian 11