Veerasundaravel's Ruby on Rails Weblog

April 28, 2010

Image processing using Rmagick and S3 upload

require “rubygems”
require ‘RMagick’
require ‘aws/s3’
include AWS::S3

#Download the image from an external site.
status, image_data = Net::HTTP.get_response(URI.parse(‘’))
raise “Not able to download the photo” if status.code != “200” || image_data.empty?
#Now create a new ImageList object
orig_img =
#And use the downloaded image content using the method from_blob
#Resizing the image to a fixed dimension.
thumb = orig_img.resize_to_fill(120, 90)
file_extension =“.”).last
temp_file_name = “photo_image.#{file_extension}”
#Now write the to a temparary file
#Connect to S3 server using the available login_credentials
s3_connection = AWS::S3::Base.establish_connection!(:access_key_id =>s3_access_key_id,:secret_access_key => s3_secret_access_key)
#Store the temparary file in s3 bucket, open(temp_file_name ), s3_bucket_name, :access => :public_read)
#Remove the temparary file
FileUtils.rm temp_file_name



  1. Hi veera

    Its really nice one please give me some external source links for more reference

    Comment by mahesh — April 28, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  2. Hi, found this useful, but one suggestion. Why write to a temp file when you could just do thumb.to_blob?

    Comment by Michael Mahemoff (@mahemoff) — March 12, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    • yeah valuable suggestion.

      Comment by Veerasundaravel — March 14, 2012 @ 10:34 am

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