Image Picker in Flutter (Android & iOS)

We’ll see how image picker works in flutter for android and iOS.

Question: What is the image picker?

Ans: Image picker is a plugin that is used to get images from a gallery or camera in the app. Eg. to set profile photos we choose images from the gallery or click a photo.

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Let’s dive into implementation….

We will add a plugin to achieve an image picker (link: https://pub.dev/packages/image_picker_modern ) in pubspec.yaml file as a dependency.

image_picker_modern: ^0.4.12+2

We don’t need to do any configuration in android, but for iOS we have to.

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(Xcode or Android Studio).

I will make your work easy. Open Info.plist as source code and add following in bottom just above </dict>

<key>NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription</key>

<string>Need to upload image</string>

<key>NSCameraUsageDescription</key>

<string>Need to upload image</string>

<key>NSMicrophoneUsageDescription</key>

<string>Need to upload image</string>

Ok… Till now we added and configured our project for image picker. Let’s start coding.

Import this

import 'package:image_picker_modern/image_picker_modern.dart';

Create a variable as File _image; (import import ‘dart:io’;)

Create a Stateful class and add the following

@override
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),
),
);
}

This code simply allows a user to click on a fab button which opens image picker. In the body, we are displaying a selected picture.

Well following is code for selecting an image. We’ll call this function on click of a fab button

Future<void> getImage() async {
var image = await ImagePicker.pickImage(source: ImageSource.gallery);
setState(() {
_image = image;
});
}

You can choose ImageSource as a camera or gallery whatever you required.

For a simple use case, I am using the gallery as ImageSource.

That’s all. We have implemented an image picker in our app. YEAH!!

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