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ITK Examples Baseline EdgesAndGradients TestGradientMagnitudeImageFilter.png

This example demonstrates how to compute the magnitude of the gradient of an image. The original image and an image of the gradient magnitude are displayed.


<source lang="cpp">

  1. include "itkImage.h"
  2. include "itkImageFileReader.h"
  3. include "itkImageFileWriter.h"
  4. include "itkRescaleIntensityImageFilter.h"
  5. include "itkGradientMagnitudeImageFilter.h"
  1. include "QuickView.h"

int main(int argc, char * argv[]) {

 // Verify command line arguments
 if( argc < 2 )
   std::cerr << "Usage: " << std::endl;
   std::cerr << argv[0] << " inputImageFile" << std::endl;
   return EXIT_FAILURE;
 // Parse command line arguments
 std::string inputFilename = argv[1];
 // Setup types
 typedef itk::Image< unsigned char,  2 >  UnsignedCharImageType;
 typedef itk::Image< float,  2 >   FloatImageType;
 typedef itk::ImageFileReader< UnsignedCharImageType >  readerType;
 typedef itk::GradientMagnitudeImageFilter<

UnsignedCharImageType, FloatImageType > filterType;

 // Create and setup a reader
 readerType::Pointer reader = readerType::New();
 reader->SetFileName( inputFilename.c_str() );
 // Create and setup a gradient filter
 filterType::Pointer gradientFilter = filterType::New();
 gradientFilter->SetInput( reader->GetOutput() );
 QuickView viewer;

} </source>


<syntaxhighlight lang="cmake"> cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.9.5)


find_package(ITK REQUIRED) include(${ITK_USE_FILE}) if (ITKVtkGlue_LOADED)

 find_package(VTK REQUIRED)


 find_package(ItkVtkGlue REQUIRED)
 set(Glue ItkVtkGlue)


add_executable(GradientMagnitudeImageFilter MACOSX_BUNDLE GradientMagnitudeImageFilter.cxx) target_link_libraries(GradientMagnitudeImageFilter



Download and Build GradientMagnitudeImageFilter

Click here to download GradientMagnitudeImageFilter. and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball GradientMagnitudeImageFilter.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd GradientMagnitudeImageFilter/build 
  • If ITK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If ITK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your ITK build:
cmake -DITK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/itk_build ..

Build the project,


and run it:


WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK and ITK bin directories to your path. This will resolve the VTK and ITK dll's at run time.

Building All of the Examples

Many of the examples in the ITK Wiki Examples Collection require VTK. You can build all of the the examples by following these instructions. If you are a new VTK user, you may want to try the Superbuild which will build a proper ITK and VTK.


ITK >= 4

For examples that use QuickView (which depends on VTK), you must have built ITK with Module_ITKVtkGlue=ON.

ITK < 4

Some of the ITK Examples require VTK to display the images. If you download the entire ITK Wiki Examples Collection, the ItkVtkGlue directory will be included and configured. If you wish to just build a few examples, then you will need to download ItkVtkGlue and build it. When you run cmake it will ask you to specify the location of the ItkVtkGlue binary directory.