Fix ImageMagick 6 not authorized reading PDF

ImageMagick 6 uses policy.xml to set read/write permissions by file format. When read permissions are disabled for a format such as PDF, errors result like:

convert-im6.q16: not authorized

convert-im6.q16: DistributedPixelCache ‘’


  1. find policy.xml location at the top of

    convert -list policy

    for example on Linux it might be at /etc/ImageMagick-6/policy.xml

  2. edit this policy.xml to have a line like:

    <policy domain="coder" rights="read" pattern="PDF" />