By using Gimp's menu, you can automatically crop the image (removing white borders). I have a lot of images with white borders of different sizes. I want to remove them using Gimp in command line but I cannot figure out what the command is.

Anyone has an idea?

Maybe by using ImageMagick?

2 Answers 2


By using ImageMagick:

convert -trim image.jpg image.jpg

To trim/autocrop the whole directory:

for a in *.jpg; do convert -trim "$a" "$a"; done

Or using find:

find -name "*.jpg" -exec convert -trim "{}" "{}" \;
  • 2
    Also from the ImageMagick suite, mogrify will do the same job as convert, but will overwrite the original instead of making copies.
    – Yab
    May 16, 2011 at 16:30
  • -transparent does not work for me, but -trim works. Thanks.
    – Ivan Xiao
    Mar 19, 2012 at 22:42
  • According to the scoop package, 'convert.exe' is deprecated in v7 (it also conflicts with the builtin Windows 'convert' utility). Use 'magick convert ...' instead.
    – Trey Mack
    Jul 17, 2022 at 17:34

I haven't used this in a while but hopefully it will help. Make a gimp batch script (I call mine crop-png.scm), and put it in ~/.gimp-2.6/scripts/).

(define (crop-png filename)
    (image (car (gimp-file-load RUN-NONINTERACTIVE filename filename)))
    (drawable (car (gimp-image-get-active-layer image)))

  ; crop the image
  (plug-in-autocrop RUN-NONINTERACTIVE image drawable)

  ; save in original png format
  (file-png-save RUN-NONINTERACTIVE image drawable filename filename
       0 6 0 0 0 1 1)

  ; clean up the image
  (gimp-image-delete image)

Then save this shell scrip (e.g., pngcrop.sh) and call it on the png files like this: 'pngcrop.sh *.png'


if [ $# -le 0 ]; then
    echo "Usage: $(basename $0) file1.png [file2.png ...]"
    echo "  This script uses gimp to autocrop PNG files and"
    echo "  save them to PNG format.  You must have"
    echo "  crop-png.scm installed in your gimp "
    echo "  scripts directory."
    exit 1

# set the filelist

# # set the base command
# CMD="gimp -i -b "

# loop and add each file
for i in ${files[*]} ; do
  # #echo $i
  # ARGS="\"(crop-png \\\"$i\\\")\""
  # CMD="$CMD $ARGS"

  gimp -i -b "(crop-png \"$i\")" -b "(gimp-quit 0)"

# # add the end to quit
# TAIL="-b \"(gimp-quit 0)\""
# #echo $CMD
# eval $CMD

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