Platform Independent

To install ImageJ on a computer with Java pre-installed, or to upgrade to the latest full distribution (including macros, plugins and LUTs), download the ZIP archive (6MB) and extract the ImageJ directory. Use the Help>Update ImageJ command to upgrade to newer versions.

Mac OS X

Download ImageJ bundled with Java 8 (may need to work around Path Randomization). Instructions. With M1 (ARM) Macs, download ImageJ bundled with Zulu OpenJDK 13.0.6.


Download ImageJ bundled with Java 8. Instructions.


Download ImageJ bundled with 64-bit Java 8. Instructions.


Tiago Ferreira's comprehensive ImageJ User Guide is available as an 8MB PDF document and as a ZIP archive. The online JavaDoc API documentation is also available as a ZIP archive.

Source Code

The ImageJ Java source consists of 160,000 lines of code in 380 files (LineCounter macro). It is available online and as zip archives.

Example Images

31 downloadable sample images and stacks are available in ImageJ's File>Open Samples submenu. These images, and more, are also available as a 8.2MB zip archive.

You can also browse the ImageJ download directory at Newer ImageJ distributions are available at Refer to the Release Notes for a list of new features and bug fixes.