for our slider we want to detect the image size/width to set the attribute correctly

Now we use

$_img = Mage::getBaseUrl('media') . $s['image'];
$_imgsize = getimagesize($_img);

Only recently realizing that this code generates a request via http

question: how can we get the imagesize through the server directly? (what do we need to feed getimagesize as directory) - or is there a better way?

  • getOriginalSizeArray() in catalog/Helper/Image.php returns the image size.May be this helps you. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 9:57

3 Answers 3


You could use the GD image class. Read more about that on php.net.

$image = imagecreatefromjpeg(Mage::getBaseDir('media') . $s['image']);
$width = imagesx(image);
$height = imagesy(image);

Although in my opinion this is too heavy to do at run time and a waste of server resources. Could you expand on what you are trying to accomplish?

  • Set the width and height attribute in HTML for the image (instead of leaving it blank)
    – snh_nl
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 9:41
  • it's a bit of a resource heavy operation just to set the width and height. You might want to reconsider Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 9:59

Use getBaseDir() instead of getBaseUrl().

This should work:

    $_imgsize = getimagesize(Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . $s['image']);

Can also use Varien_Image class:

$path = Mage::getBaseDir('media') ... ;
$image = new Varien_Image($path);
$x = $image->getOriginalWidth();
$y = $image->getOriginalHeight();

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