Install LIBPNG from Source Code

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install LIBPNG library manually from source code files on macOS.

From last tutorial, we know that Imager::File::PNG requires the PNG library. Here what I did to install it from its source code.

1. Go to LIBPNG Website at

2. Clicks "Files > libpng16 > 1.6.37" and download "libpng-1.6.37.tar.gz".

3. Unzip and untar it to extract source files in libpng-1.6.37 folder.

4. Build binary files with these commands:

herong$ mkdir ~/lib/libpng
herong$ cd libpng-1.6.37

herong$ ./configure --prefix=/Users/herong/lib/libpng

checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... ./install-sh -c -d
checking for gawk... no
checking for mawk... no
checking for nawk... no
checking for awk... awk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating Makefile
config.status: creating libpng.pc
config.status: creating libpng-config
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
config.status: executing libtool commands

herong$ make check

rm -f pnglibconf.c[45]
awk -f ./scripts/options.awk out=pnglibconf.tf4 version=search\
      ./pngconf.h ./scripts/pnglibconf.dfa\
      ./pngusr.dfa  1>&2
awk -f ./scripts/options.awk out=pnglibconf.tf5 pnglibconf.tf4 1>&2
rm pnglibconf.tf4
mv pnglibconf.tf5 pnglibconf.c
PASS: tests/pngimage-quick
PASS: tests/pngimage-full
Testsuite summary for libpng 1.6.37
# TOTAL: 33
# PASS:  33
# SKIP:  0
# XFAIL: 0
# FAIL:  0
# XPASS: 0
# ERROR: 0

herong$ make install
/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/make  install-am
 ./install-sh -c -d '/Users/herong/lib/libpng/lib'
 /bin/sh ./libtool   --mode=install /usr/bin/install \
    -c '/Users/herong/lib/libpng/lib'
libtool: install: /usr/bin/install -c .libs/libpng16.16.dylib \
+ ln -s libpng16/pngconf.h pngconf.h
+ cd /Users/herong/lib/libpng/lib/pkgconfig
+ rm -f libpng.pc
+ ln -s libpng16.pc libpng.pc

Now we have LIBPNG library ready in the ~/lib/libpng folder.

Table of Contents

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 Perl on Linux Systems

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 Imager::File::PNG - PNG File Format

Install LIBPNG from Source Code

 Install Imager::File::PNG Manually

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