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imagedestroyDestroy an image


bool imagedestroy ( resource $image )

imagedestroy() frees any memory associated with image image.

Elenco dei parametri


Una risorsa immagine, restituita da una delle funzioni di creazione immagine, come imagecreatetruecolor().

Valori restituiti

Restituisce TRUE in caso di successo, FALSE in caso di fallimento.


Example #1 Using imagedestroy() example

// create a 100 x 100 image
$im imagecreatetruecolor(100100);

// alter or save the image

// frees image from memory

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corpus-deus at softhome dot net
4 years ago
In theory creating an image object and calling imagedestroy in your destructor should be a good way of doing it; something like:

final class My_Image() {


  public function
__construct() {
$this->img = imagecreatetruecolor();
// ... other stuff ...

  public function
__destruct() {
is_resource($this->img)) {

// ... other methods...


I check that $this->img is a resource in case imagecreatetruecolor() fails or you null the value somewhere down the line from a method call meaning that $this->img is NOT a resource, in which case imagedestroy is an unecessary function call that just fails with a warning message.
7 years ago
When the script stop PHP will automatic destory ANY
resources, this goes for aswell for images, thus in the
case the use clicks the stop button, php will automatic
clear the resource.

thus imagedestroy is used to clear the memory BEFORE
the script ends. this is usefull to keep memory usage
DURING the script to an acceptable level.

hope this clear somethings up.
Andrew Hoffmann - ahoffmann at wisc dot edu
8 years ago
When working with a lot of high-resolution images, it's IMPERATIVE that you use the imagedestroy() function.

In my scenario, I was taking two high resolution desktop wallpapers and shrinking them down into successively smaller ones (preventing the user from having to upload a dozen files).

At first, my script would run, then just stop.  I realized later that I had not destroyed the source image and the newly resized image in memory after I had finished writing the file out to disk.  Thus, I quickly reached the memory limit that my hosting provider placed in their php.ini file.

Reusing an image variable does NOT clear the old data out of memory!  You must use imagedestroy() to clear the data out.  (I don't know if unset() works as well).

Also note that the image data in memory is raw, so don't base how much memory you are using based on the original filesize of the compressed image (such as jpeg or png).
webmaster at codefisher dot org
6 years ago
And to continue what Docey said, if php did not destroy all resources when the script stopped it would be a huge memory leak and everyone would be crying out for it to be fixed right away.

I have been using this function during a script that was breaking an image made of many little icons into the little parts, which could mean 400+ images in the one script, which was using a lot of memory so I needed to destroy them.
dan at mlodecki dot net
10 years ago
I have noticed that gd drawing functions can behave oddly if there is a previous image which has not been imagedestroy()'ed.  You should always imagedestroy when you are done with an image object.
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