Installing the GD Library for PHP


The GD library is a graphics drawing library that provides tools for manipulating image data. In Shopp, the GD library is used to process images for generating gallery preview and thumbnail size images automatically.

Known Causes

If your web hosting does not have GD support you have a limited amount of options:

  • Contact your web hosting technical support and request support for the GD library in PHP. This is not always successful. Some hosts may be resistant to adding new software due to support costs (maintaining updates) and fear of security threats. This is just a warning that your mileage may vary. Our recommendation… ask really nicely.
  • Find a new web hosting company that you can be sure fits all the requirements for Shopp.


If you are running your own server, you have other options available depending on your operating system:

Installing the GD Library for PHP
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