Kevin Schaul

Visual journalist/hacker

Create a montage of images in random order with imagemagick

August 21, 2023

It ain’t pretty but this will let you use ImageMagick’s montage command with a random order of images.

First, generate a text file with the image filenames in it, in random order. The sed commands put a " character at the beginning and end of the filename, otherwise ImageMagick freaks out.

ls my-images | \
  shuf | \
  sed 's/^/"/' | \
  sed 's/$/"/' > \

Then use that file of filenames as input, using the @ operator.

magick montage @randomly_ordered_images.txt mosaic.jpg