Resize an image with OpenCV cvResize function

This is a small code to resize an image to a desired percentage from an original. New size of width and height are calculated from a percentage supplied as a 3th argument. Supplying 100% will simply copy the original image to new image.

cvResize also accepts an interpolation argument, however in case of this small program we use the default linear interpolation.

#include <iostream>
#include "cv.h"
#include "highgui.h"

using namespace std;

int main( int argc, char** argv )

// Create an IplImage object *image
IplImage *source = cvLoadImage( argv[1]);
// Here we retrieve a percentage value to a integer
int percent = atoi(argv[3]);

// declare a destination IplImage object with correct size, depth and channels
IplImage *destination = cvCreateImage
( cvSize((
int)((source->width*percent)/100) , (int)((source->height*percent)/100) ),
source->depth, source->nChannels );

//use cvResize to resize source to a destination image
cvResize(source, destination);

// save image with a name supplied with a second argument
cvSaveImage( argv[2], destination );

return 0;



g++ `pkg-config opencv --cflags --libs` resize_image.cpp -o resize_image


./resize_image dsc00056.jpg new_dsc00056.jpg 65%