compare - mathematically and visually annotate the difference between an image and its reconstruction.


compare input-file input-file [options] output-file


The compare program is a member of the ImageMagick(1) suite of tools. Use it to mathematically and visually annotate the difference between an image and its reconstruction.

For more information about the compare command, point your browser to file:///usr/share/doc/imagemagick-6-common/html/www/compare.html (on debian system you may install the imagemagick-6-doc package) or


Image Settings:
  -alpha option        on, activate, off, deactivate, set, opaque, copy
                       transparent, extract, background, or shape
  -authenticate value  decrypt image with this password
  -channel type        apply option to select image channels
  -colorspace type     alternate image colorspace
  -compose operator    set image composite operator
  -compress type       type of pixel compression when writing the image
  -decipher filename   convert cipher pixels to plain pixels
  -define format:option
                       define one or more image format options
  -density geometry    horizontal and vertical density of the image
  -depth value         image depth
  -dissimilarity-threshold value
                        maximum distortion for (sub)image match
  -encipher filename   convert plain pixels to cipher pixels
  -extract geometry    extract area from image
  -format "string"     output formatted image characteristics
  -fuzz distance       colors within this distance are considered equal
  -identify            identify the format and characteristics of the image
  -interlace type      type of image interlacing scheme
  -highlight-color color
                       emphasize pixel differences with this color
  -limit type value    pixel cache resource limit
  -lowlight-color color
                       de-emphasize pixel differences with this color
  -mask filename       associate a mask with the image
  -metric type         measure differences between images with this metric
  -monitor             monitor progress
  -passphrase filename get the passphrase from this file
  -profile filename    add, delete, or apply an image profile
  -quality value       JPEG/MIFF/PNG compression level
  -quiet               suppress all warning messages
  -quantize colorspace reduce colors in this colorspace
  -regard-warnings     pay attention to warning messages
  -respect-parentheses settings remain in effect until parenthesis boundary
  -sampling-factor geometry
                       horizontal and vertical sampling factor
  -seed value          seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers
  -set attribute value set an image attribute
  -similarity-threshold value
                        minimum distortion for (sub)image match
  -size geometry       width and height of image
  -subimage-search     search for subimage
  -synchronize         synchronize image to storage device
  -taint               declare the image as modified
  -transparent-color color
                       transparent color
  -type type           image type
  -verbose             print detailed information about the image
  -virtual-pixel method
                       virtual pixel access method

Miscellaneous Options:
  -debug events        display copious debugging information
  -help                print program options
  -log format          format of debugging information
  -list type           print a list of supported option arguments
  -version             print version information

By default, the image format of `file' is determined by its magic number. To specify a particular image format, precede the filename with an image format name and a colon (i.e. ps:image) or specify the image type as the filename suffix (i.e. Specify 'file' as '-' for standard input or output.

The compare program returns 2 on error otherwise 0 if the images are similar or 1 if they are dissimilar.




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