image_picker 0.6.0+7

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Image Picker plugin for Flutter #

pub package

A Flutter plugin for iOS and Android for picking images from the image library, and taking new pictures with the camera.

Note: This plugin is still under development, and some APIs might not be available yet. Feedback welcome and Pull Requests are most welcome!

Installation #

First, add image_picker as a dependency in your pubspec.yaml file.

iOS #

Add the following keys to your Info.plist file, located in <project root>/ios/Runner/Info.plist:

  • NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription - describe why your app needs permission for the photo library. This is called Privacy - Photo Library Usage Description in the visual editor.
  • NSCameraUsageDescription - describe why your app needs access to the camera. This is called Privacy - Camera Usage Description in the visual editor.
  • NSMicrophoneUsageDescription - describe why your app needs access to the microphone, if you intend to record videos. This is called Privacy - Microphone Usage Description in the visual editor.

Android #

No configuration required - the plugin should work out of the box.

Example #

import 'package:image_picker/image_picker.dart';

class MyHomePage extends StatefulWidget {
  _MyHomePageState createState() => _MyHomePageState();

class _MyHomePageState extends State<MyHomePage> {
  File _image;

  Future getImage() async {
    var image = await ImagePicker.pickImage(source:;

    setState(() {
      _image = image;

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title: Text('Image Picker Example'),
      body: Center(
        child: _image == null
            ? Text('No image selected.')
            : Image.file(_image),
      floatingActionButton: FloatingActionButton(
        onPressed: getImage,
        tooltip: 'Pick Image',
        child: Icon(Icons.add_a_photo),

Handling MainActivity destruction on Android #

Android system -- although very rarely -- sometimes kills the MainActivity after the image_picker finishes. When this happens, we lost the data selected from the image_picker. You can use retrieveLostData to retrieve the lost data in this situation. For example:

Future<void> retrieveLostData() async {
  final RetrieveLostDataResponse response =
      await ImagePicker.retrieveLostData();
  if (response == null) {
  if (response.file != null) {
    setState(() {
      if (response.type == {
      } else {
  } else {

There's no way to detect when this happens, so calling this method at the right place is essential. We recommend to wire this into some kind of start up check. Please refer to the example app to see how we used it.

0.6.0+7 #

  • iOS: Rename objects to follow Objective-C naming convention to avoid conflicts with other iOS library/frameworks.

0.6.0+6 #

  • iOS: Picked image now has all the correct meta data from the original image, includes GPS, orientation and etc.

0.6.0+5 #

  • iOS: Add missing import.

0.6.0+4 #

  • iOS: Using first byte to determine original image type.
  • iOS: Added XCTest target.
  • iOS: The picked image now has the correct EXIF data copied from the original image.

0.6.0+3 #

  • Android: fixed assertion failures due to reply messages that were sent on the wrong thread.

0.6.0+2 #

  • Android: images are saved with their real extension instead of always using .jpg.

0.6.0+1 #

  • Android: Using correct suffix syntax when picking image from remote url.

0.6.0 #

  • Breaking change iOS: Returned File objects when picking videos now always holds the correct path. Before this change, the path returned could have file:// prepended to it.

0.5.4+3 #

  • Fix the example app failing to load picked video.

0.5.4+2 #

  • Request Camera permission if it present in Manifest on Android >= M.

0.5.4+1 #

  • Bugfix iOS: Cancel button not visible in gallery, if camera was accessed first.

0.5.4 #

  • Add retrieveLostData to retrieve lost data after MainActivity is killed.

0.5.3+2 #

  • Android: fix a crash when the MainActivity is destroyed after selecting the image/video.

0.5.3+1 #

  • Update minimum deploy iOS version to 8.0.

0.5.3 #

  • Fixed incorrect path being returned from Google Photos on Android.

0.5.2 #

  • Check iOS camera authorizationStatus and return an error, if the access was denied.

0.5.1 #

  • Android: Do not delete original image after scaling if the image is from gallery.

0.5.0+9 #

  • Remove unnecessary temp video file path.

0.5.0+8 #

  • Fixed wrong GooglePhotos authority of image Uri.

0.5.0+7 #

  • Fix a crash when selecting images from yandex.disk and dropbox.

0.5.0+6 #

  • Delete the original image if it was scaled.

0.5.0+5 #

  • Remove unnecessary camera permission.

0.5.0+4 #

  • Preserve transparency when saving images.

0.5.0+3 #

  • Fixed an Android crash when Image Picker is registered without an activity.

0.5.0+2 #

  • Log a more detailed warning at build time about the previous AndroidX migration.

0.5.0+1 #

  • Fix a crash when user calls the plugin in quick succession on Android.

0.5.0 #

  • Breaking change. Migrate from the deprecated original Android Support Library to AndroidX. This shouldn't result in any functional changes, but it requires any Android apps using this plugin to also migrate if they're using the original support library.

0.4.12+1 #

  • Fix a crash when selecting downloaded images from image picker on certain devices.

0.4.12 #

  • Fix a crash when user tap the image mutiple times.

0.4.11 #

  • Use api to define support-v4 dependency to allow automatic version resolution.

0.4.10 #

  • Depend on full support-v4 library for ease of use (fixes conflicts with Firebase and libraries)

0.4.9 #

  • Bugfix: on iOS prevent to appear one pixel white line on resized image.

0.4.8 #

  • Replace the full dependency with, which results in smaller APK sizes.
  • Upgrade support library to 27.1.1

0.4.7 #

  • Added missing video_player package dev dependency.

0.4.6 #

  • Added support for picking remote images.

0.4.5 #

  • Bugfixes, code cleanup, more test coverage.

0.4.4 #

  • Updated Gradle tooling to match Android Studio 3.1.2.

0.4.3 #

  • Bugfix: on iOS the pickVideo method will now return null when the user cancels picking a video.

0.4.2 #

  • Added support for picking videos.
  • Updated example app to show video preview.

0.4.1 #

  • Bugfix: the pickImage method will now return null when the user cancels picking the image, instead of hanging indefinitely.
  • Removed the third party library dependency for taking pictures with the camera.

0.4.0 #

  • Breaking change. The source parameter for the pickImage is now required. Also, the ImageSource.any option doesn't exist anymore.
  • Use the native Android image gallery for picking images instead of a custom UI.

0.3.1 #

  • Bugfix: Android version correctly asks for runtime camera permission when using

0.3.0 #

  • Breaking change. Set SDK constraints to match the Flutter beta release.

0.2.1 #

  • Simplified and upgraded Android project template to Android SDK 27.
  • Updated package description.

0.2.0 #

  • Breaking change. Upgraded to Gradle 4.1 and Android Studio Gradle plugin 3.0.1. Older Flutter projects need to upgrade their Gradle setup as well in order to use this version of the plugin. Instructions can be found here.

0.1.5 #

  • Added FLT prefix to iOS types

0.1.4 #

  • Bugfix: canceling image picking threw exception.
  • Bugfix: errors in plugin state management.

0.1.3 #

  • Added optional source argument to pickImage for controlling where the image comes from.

0.1.2 #

  • Added optional maxWidth and maxHeight arguments to pickImage.

0.1.1 #

  • Updated Gradle repositories declaration to avoid the need for manual configuration in the consuming app.

0.1.0+1 #

  • Updated readme and description in pubspec.yaml

0.1.0 #

  • Updated dependencies
  • Breaking Change: You need to add a maven section with the "" endpoint to the repository section of your android/build.gradle. For example:
allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven {                              // NEW
            url ""   // NEW
        }                                    // NEW

0.0.3 #

  • Fix for crash on iPad when showing the Camera/Gallery selection dialog

0.0.2+2 #

  • Updated README

0.0.2+1 #

  • Updated README

0.0.2 #

  • Fix crash when trying to access camera on a device without camera (e.g. the Simulator)

0.0.1 #

  • Initial Release


image_picker_example #

Demonstrates how to use the image_picker plugin.

Getting Started #

For help getting started with Flutter, view our online documentation.

Use this package as a library

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

  image_picker: ^0.6.0+7

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

with Flutter:

$ flutter pub get

Alternatively, your editor might support flutter pub get. Check the docs for your editor to learn more.

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

import 'package:image_picker/image_picker.dart';
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We analyzed this package on Feb 12, 2020, and provided a score, details, and suggestions below. Analysis was completed with status completed using:

  • Dart: 2.7.1
  • pana: 0.13.5
  • Flutter: 1.12.13+hotfix.7


Package Constraint Resolved Available
Direct dependencies
Dart SDK >=2.0.0-dev.28.0 <3.0.0
flutter 0.0.0
Transitive dependencies
collection 1.14.11 1.14.12
meta 1.1.8
sky_engine 0.0.99
typed_data 1.1.6
vector_math 2.0.8
Dev dependencies
video_player 0.5.2