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Compute the Laplacian of an image. Display the original image and the Laplacian image.


#include "itkImage.h"
#include "itkImageFileReader.h"
#include "itkImageFileWriter.h"
#include "itkRescaleIntensityImageFilter.h"
#include "itkLaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter.h"
#include "QuickView.h"
int main(int argc, char * argv[])
  // Verify command line arguments
  if( argc < 2 )
    std::cerr << "Usage: " << std::endl;
    std::cerr << argv[0] << " inputImageFile" << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
  // Parse command line arguments
  std::string inputFilename = argv[1];
  // Setup types
  typedef itk::Image< float,  2 >   FloatImageType;
  typedef itk::Image< unsigned char, 2 >   UnsignedCharImageType;
  typedef itk::ImageFileReader< UnsignedCharImageType >  readerType;
  typedef itk::LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter<
    UnsignedCharImageType, FloatImageType >  filterType;
  // Create and setup a reader
  readerType::Pointer reader = readerType::New();
  reader->SetFileName( inputFilename.c_str() );
  // Create and setup a derivative filter
  filterType::Pointer laplacianFilter = filterType::New();
  laplacianFilter->SetInput( reader->GetOutput() );
  QuickView viewer;
  return EXIT_SUCCESS;


cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.9.5)
find_package(ITK REQUIRED)
if (ITKVtkGlue_LOADED)
  find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
  find_package(ItkVtkGlue REQUIRED)
  set(Glue ItkVtkGlue)
add_executable(LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter MACOSX_BUNDLE LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter.cxx)

Download and Build LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter

Click here to download LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter. and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd LaplacianRecursiveGaussianImageFilter/build 
  • If ITK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If ITK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your ITK build:
cmake -DITK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/itk_build ..

Build the project,


and run it:


WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK and ITK bin directories to your path. This will resolve the VTK and ITK dll's at run time.

Building All of the Examples

Many of the examples in the ITK Wiki Examples Collection require VTK. You can build all of the the examples by following these instructions. If you are a new VTK user, you may want to try the Superbuild which will build a proper ITK and VTK.


ITK >= 4

For examples that use QuickView (which depends on VTK), you must have built ITK with Module_ITKVtkGlue=ON.

ITK < 4

Some of the ITK Examples require VTK to display the images. If you download the entire ITK Wiki Examples Collection, the ItkVtkGlue directory will be included and configured. If you wish to just build a few examples, then you will need to download ItkVtkGlue and build it. When you run cmake it will ask you to specify the location of the ItkVtkGlue binary directory.