I am glad to announce the first experimental release of imgserve, a
universal image daemon for Wikimedia Foundation, it's a Google Summer of
Code project mentored by Aryeh Gregor. The intended usage in mediawiki
is to migrate all image manipulation work away from Apache servers.
The daemon, written in python, currently only supports image rescaling
and svg rasterization operations. Instructions/Requests are sent to the
daemon as JSON objects over HTTP, which is handled by an simple embedded
HTTP server in the daemon.
To test the daemon, you should follow the install instructions and have
all required package installed on your machine. See install
Source code is hosted at
As a GSOC student, I have learned quite a lot from this project, and am
eager to learn more. If you find any bug, or have suggestions, please
let me know, thank you.