mozjpeg 3.0.0 on Debian and Ubuntu

There is no prebuild Debian/Ubuntu Package for mozjpeg 3.0.0.

Here is a short howto build this:

Install build requirements:

sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool nasm make pkg-config git

Go to your build directory and download source code from git:

git clone

Prepare & build mozjpeg:

autoreconf -fiv
./configure –prefix=/usr

The default prefix is „/opt/mozjpeg“, i recommend to change this to „/usr“.

You can select to install it directly or build a .deb-Package:

Direct install: make install
Deb package: make deb

The „Deb package“-Method creates a Debian package with the filename:


You need to build it for each Distribution Version of each distribution, due to missing glibc bindings in the binaries.

Problem handling:

Problem: autoreconfig exists with the following error: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PROG_LIBTOOL
If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
See the Autoconf documentation.

Solution: libtool is not installed, install libtool using „apt-get install libtool“

Problem: ./configure exists with the following error:

./configure: line 13146: syntax error near unexpected token `libpng,‘
./configure: line 13146: `PKG_CHECK_MODULES(libpng, libpng, HAVE_LIBPNG=1,‘

Solution: pkg-config wasn’t installed during automake. Install pkg-config (apt-get install pkgconfig) and run „autoreconf -fiv“ again.