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developer Wayne Rasband ( NIH )
Current  version 1.52e
(July 16, 2018)
operating system any ( Java- based)
programming language Java
category Image editing , image processing
License public domain
German speaking No ,

ImageJ is an image editing and processing program . It is widely used for medical and scientific image analysis, for example to measure structures on microscope images. It is used in prepress for color space analysis.

The program and the source code is public domain ( public domain , open source ) and may therefore be freely copied and changed by anyone. The functionality of the program can be extended by hundreds of plug-ins . In addition, the ImageJ API is designed in such a way that ImageJ itself can also be integrated into other programs as an image processing library. ImageJ is written in Java and can therefore be used across platforms .

ImageJ1, ImageJ2, Fiji and Bio7

The main window of ImageJ (Debian Linux with Gnome3). The status bar shows that both ImageJ2 (2.0.0-rc-43) and ImageJ1 (1.51d) are included.

ImageJ1 has been developed since 1997 by Wayne Rasband, a former employee of the National Institutes of Health . ImageJ1 is the core component of the software available as ImageJ. With ImageJ2 and Fiji (Fiji Is Just ImageJ) there are two projects that promote the development of ImageJ in a larger team.

In ImageJ2 the focus is on a separate graphical user interface and the processing of the data. ImgLib2, a library for processing multidimensional image data, is used for this. Both ImageJ1 and ImageJ2 are included in ImageJ.

Fiji ( recursive acronym for F iji i s j ust I mageJ) was originally initiated in order to combine as many tools as possible for the analysis of images of biological samples in one software. For this purpose, ImageJ was expanded to include a large number of plug-ins and offered for download under the name Fiji. Many functions that were added to Fiji are now also part of ImageJ, such as the updater and the script editor.

Bio7 is an application based on Eclipse that integrates ImageJ as a plugin. The plugin can be installed independently in Eclipse as an extension. In addition to a flexible display of images, the Eclipse plug-in contains a powerful ImageJ script editor that also supports debugging of ImageJ macros.


  • Wilhelm Burger and Mark J. Burge: Digital Image Processing - An Algorithmic Introduction with Java (3rd ed.) . Springer, 2015, ISBN 978-3-642-04603-2 .
  • Wilhelm Burger and Mark J. Burge: Digital Image Processing - An Introduction with Java and ImageJ (2nd ed.) . Springer, 2006, ISBN 978-3-540-30940-6 .
  • Caroline A Schneider, Wayne S Rasband and Kevin W Eliceiri: NIH Image to ImageJ: 25 years of image analysis . In: Nature Methods . tape 9 , 2012, p. 671-675 , doi : 10.1038 / nmeth.2089 .

Web links

Commons : ImageJ  - collection of images, videos and audio files


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