Python modules to work with large, multiresolution images.
Large Image is developed and maintained by the Data & Analytics group at Kitware, Inc. for processing large geospatial and medical images. This provides the backbone for several of our image analysis platforms including Resonant GeoData, HistomicsUI, and the Digital Slide Archive.
Tile serving made easy
Supports a wide variety of geospatial and medical image formats
Convert to tiled Cloud Optimized (Geo)Tiffs (also known as pyramidal tiffs)
Python methods for retiling or accessing regions of images efficiently
Options for restyling tiles, such as dynamically applying color and band transform
In addition to installing the
large-image package, you’ll need at least one tile source (a
large-image-source-xxx package). You can install everything from the main project with one of these commands:
Install all tile sources on linux:
pip install large-image[all] --find-links https://girder.github.io/large_image_wheels
Install all tile sources and all Girder plugins on linux:
pip install large-image[all] girder-large-image-annotation[tasks] --find-links https://girder.github.io/large_image_wheels
Conda makes dependency management a bit easier if not on Linux. Some of the source modules are available on conda-forge. You can install the following:
conda install -c conda-forge large-image-source-gdal conda install -c conda-forge large-image-source-tiff conda install -c conda-forge large-image-converter
Included in this repository’s packages is a pre-built Docker image that has all of the dependencies to read any supported image format.
This is particularly useful if you do not want to install some of the heavier dependencies like GDAL on your system or want a dedicated and isolated environment for working with large images.
To use, pull the image and run it by mounting a local volume where the imagery is stored:
docker pull ghcr.io/girder/large_image:latest docker run -v /path/to/images:/opt/images ghcr.io/girder/large_image:latest
Large Image consists of several Python modules designed to work together. These include:
large-image: The core module.
You can specify extras_require of the name of any tile source included with this repository. For instance, you can do
pip install large-image[tiff]. There are additional extras_require options:
sources: all of the tile sources in the repository, a specific source name (e.g.,
memcached: use memcached for tile caching
converter: include the converter module
colormaps: use matplotlib for named color palettes used in styles
tiledoutput: support for emitting large regions as tiled tiffs
performance: include optional modules that can improve performance
all: for all of the above
large-image-converter: A utility for using pyvips and other libraries to convert images into pyramidal tiff files that can be read efficiently by large_image. You can specify extras_require of
jp2kto include modules to allow output to JPEG2000 compression,
sourcesto include all sources, and
statsto include modules to allow computing compression noise statistics.
large-image-source-tiff: A tile source for reading pyramidal tiff files in common compression formats.
large-image-source-openslide: A tile source using the OpenSlide library. This works with svs, ndpi, Mirax, tiff, vms, and other file formats.
large-image-source-ometiff: A tile source using the tiff library that can handle some multi-frame OMETiff files.
large-image-source-pil: A tile source for small images via the Python Imaging Library (Pillow).
large-image-source-gdal: A tile source for reading geotiff files via GDAL. This handles source data with more complex transforms than the mapnik tile source.
large-image-source-mapnik: A tile source for reading geotiff and netcdf files via Mapnik and GDAL. This handles more vector issues than the gdal tile source.
large-image-source-openjpeg: A tile source using the Glymur library to read jp2 (JPEG 2000) files.
large-image-source-nd2: A tile source for reading nd2 (NIS Element) images.
large-image-source-bioformats: A tile source for reading any file handled by the Java Bioformats library.
large-image-source-deepzoom: A tile source for reading Deepzoom tiles.
large-image-source-multi: A tile source for compositing other tile sources into a single multi-frame source.
large-image-source-vips: A tile source for reading any files handled by libvips. This also can be used for writing tiled images from numpy arrays.
large-image-source-tifffile: A tile source using the tifffile library that can handle a wide variety of tiff-like files.
large-image-source-dicom: A tile source for reading DICOM WSI images.
large-image-source-test: A tile source that generates test tiles, including a simple fractal pattern. Useful for testing extreme zoom levels.
large-image-source-dummy: A tile source that does nothing.
Most tile sources can be used with girder-large-image. You can specific an extras_require of
girder-large-imagewith the source.
As a Girder plugin:
girder-large-image: Large Image as a Girder 3.x plugin. You can specify extras_require of
tasksto install a Girder Worker task that can convert otherwise unreadable images to pyramidal tiff files.
girder-large-image-annotation: Annotations for large images as a Girder 3.x plugin.
large-image-tasks: A utility for running the converter via Girder Worker. You can specify an extras_require of
girderto include modules needed to work with the Girder remote worker or
workerto include modules needed on the remote side of the Girder remote worker. If neither is specified, some conversion tasks can be run using Girder local jobs.
To install all packages from source, clone the repository:
git clone https://github.com/girder/large_image.git cd large_image
Install all packages and dependencies:
pip install -e . -r requirements-dev.txt
If you aren’t developing with Girder 3, you can skip installing those components. Use
requirements-dev-core.txt instead of
pip install -e . -r requirements-dev-core.txt
Tile source prerequisites¶
Many tile sources have complex prerequisites. These can be installed directly using your system’s package manager or from some prebuilt Python wheels for Linux. The prebuilt wheels are not official packages, but they can be used by instructing pip to use them by preference:
pip install -e . -r requirements-dev.txt --find-links https://girder.github.io/large_image_wheels
- Tile Source Options
- Example Usage
- Configuration Options
- Image Conversion
- Upgrading from Previous Versions
- Multi Source Schema
- Girder Configuration Options
- Girder Annotation Configuration Options
- Annotation Schema
- Developer Guide