A wrapper for face_recognition package

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This is a simple PHP wrapper for the popular face-recognition Python package.

On the contrary of other similar packages, this executes the CLI face_detection command and reads the output. This simplifies the deployment phase, as the face-recognition package can be installed in a Python isolated virtual environment (e.g. with pipx, as recommended by Debian) which prevents the Python import of the library but still permits the execution of the application.

Plus, this library is integrated with InterventionImage to provide convenient manipulation of the detected images.

This project has been initially implemented to better display photos of people retrieved from Wikipedia Commons and published on TrendingOnWiki.


# Or your preferred way to install the Python application
pipx install face-recognition

composer require madbob/face-recognition


require "vendor/autoload.php";

use MadBob\FaceRecognition\FaceRecognition;

$master = new FaceRecognition();
$image = $master->loadImage('test1.jpg');
$faces = $image->bboxes();
$image->coverDownFace(1920, 1080)->toJpeg()->save('test2.jpg');


First of all, you have to init an instance of MadBob\FaceRecognition\FaceRecognition, which constructor accepts an associative array of parameters.

The accepted parameters are:

exec_pathThe path where to find the face_detection executable. By default it is empty, assuming it is already in $PATH
modelThe face-recognition model you prefer to use. Read the package's documentation for details
cpusNumber of CPUs to use while reading the images. -1 means "use all in system"-1
graphic_driverThe driver to be used to handle images with InterventionImage. May be gd or imagickgd
$master = new FaceRecognition([
    'exec_path' => '/usr/local/bin',
    'model' => 'hog',
    'cpus' => 2,
    'graphic_driver' => 'imagick',

On this instance, you can call two different function: loadImage() or loadFolder(). The first one takes the path of a single image, and returns a single MadBob\FaceRecognition\Image object, while the second parses all images in the given folder and returns an array of the same object type.

$image = $master->loadImage('/path/to/test1.jpg');
$images = $master->loadFolder('/path/to/many/photos/');

A MadBob\FaceRecognition\Image is mostly a a wrapper around an instance of Intervention\Image\Image: on this object you can call all the utility functions provided by InterventionImage (resize, crop, save...), plus a few custom ones.

  • getPath() returns the path of the original image;
  • hasFaces() returns true or false depending if the image contains at least a detected face;
  • bboxes() returns an array of objects, one for each detected face, with attributes x1, x2, y1 and y2 holding his coordinates. If no faces have been detected, it returns an empty array;
  • coverDownFace($width, $height) returns a Intervention\Image\Image instance already cropped and resized to keep the faces found in the image at the center; this can be chained with other InterventioImage functions to save the manipulated image or apply further transformations. If no face has been detected, the image is cropped and resized just at the center (using coverDown() function in InterventionImage).
$images = $master->loadFolder('/path/to/many/photos/');
foreach($images as $image) {
    echo $image->getPath() . ' : ' . count($image->bboxes() . "\n";


This code is free software, licensed under the MIT License. See the LICENSE.txt file for more details.

Copyright (C) 2024 Roberto Guido