How to Resize All Images in a Directory

At some point or another, pretty much everybody has had to bulk process all the images in a directory. Either to resize them to a smaller size to share them, or do some other simple transformation.

Well, here is a very easy way to do it with a dozen lines of Python.

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# Resize all images in a directory to half the size.
# Save on a new file with the same name but with "small_" prefix
# on high quality jpeg format.
# If the script is in /images/ and the files are in /images/2012-1-1-pics
# call with: python 2012-1-1-pics

import Image
import os
import sys

directory = sys.argv[1]

for file_name in os.listdir(directory):
  print("Processing %s" % file_name)
  image =, file_name))

  x,y = image.size
  new_dimensions = (x/2, y/2)
  output = image.resize(new_dimensions, Image.ANTIALIAS)

  output_file_name = os.path.join(directory, "small_" + file_name), "JPEG", quality = 95)

print("All done")

Written on July 8, 2012