Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Image Loading    
Latest version: v1.2.0

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WebImageLoader is a library designed to take to hassle out of handling images on the web. It has the following features:

  • Images are downloaded on a background thread pool and saved to disk and memory.
  • Disk and memory cache size is configurable and can even be reconfigured on the fly.
  • Separate thread do load images back from disk after being cached, reducing I/O bottlenecks on most phones.
  • Reusing requests when the same image is requested multiple times.
  • Respects cache-control and expires headers and will refetch images when they expire (using conditional get).
  • Support image transformations which are also cached to disk and memory.
  • Support to do synchronous fetches while still taking advantage of the cache.
  • Support for download progress callbacks.
  • Easy setup without singletons.
  • Compatible with API level 7 and up.
  • Only depends on DiskLruCache.


Use the builder to build an ImageLoader that suits your needs.

// Get memory class of this device, exceeding this amount will throw an
// OutOfMemory exception.
ActivityManager am = (ActivityManager) getSystemService(Context.ACTIVITY_SERVICE);
int memClass = am.getMemoryClass();

// Use part of the available memory for memory cache.
final int memoryCacheSize = 1024 * 1024 * memClass / 8;

File cacheDir = new File(getExternalCacheDir(), "images");
ImageLoader imageLoader = new ImageLoader.Builder(context)
        .enableDiskCache(cacheDir, 10 * 1024 * 1024)

Or use the provided Applications class for convenience and reasonable defaults (which you can override!)

<application android:name="com.webimageloader.ext.ImageLoaderApplication">
    <!-- Your app -->

Retrive your loader like this.

ImageLoader imageLoader = ImageLoaderApplication.getLoader(context);

Loading images

Loading images is simple if you want it to be.

// This will show a nice fade in when the image has loaded
new ImageHelper(context, imageLoader)
        .load(imageView, "http://example.com/image.png");

You can also use specify a loading and failure image

new ImageHelper(context, imageLoader)
        .load(imageView, "http://example.com/image.png");

Loading images can also be done more explicit if needed.

Bitmap b = loader.load(imageView, "http://example.com/image.png", new Listener<ImageView>() {
    public void onSuccess(ImageView v, Bitmap b) {
        // Everything went well

    public void onError(ImageView v, Throwable t) {
        // Something went wrong
        Log.d("MyApp", "Failed to load image", t);

// Did we get an image immediately?
if (b != null) {


You can transform (and cache!) the images you get.

final int width = 100;
final int height = 100;

Transformation t = new SimpleTransformation() {
    public String getIdentifier() {
        // Pass a unique identifier for caching
        return "scale-" + width + "x" + height;

    public Bitmap transform(Bitmap b) {
        return Bitmap.createScaledBitmap(b, width, height, true);

new ImageHelper(this, imageLoader)
        .load(imageView, "http://example.com/image.png", t);


Progress is easy if you have a ProgressBar, it will only be shown when when needed.

// Automatically update the progress bar
new ImageHelper(context, imageLoader)
        .load(imageView, progressBar, "http://example.com/image.png");

Or handle progress yourself.

Bitmap b = loader.load(imageView, "http://example.com/image.png", new Listener<ImageView>() {
    public void onSuccess(ImageView v, Bitmap b) {
        // Same as above

    public void onError(ImageView v, Throwable t) {
        // Same as above
}, new ProgressListener() {
    public void onProgress(float value) {
        // value is in the range 0f-1f


You can include the library by downloading the .jar and also adding DiskLruCache to your project.

If you are a Maven user, simply add the following to your pom.xml:


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WebImageLoader is licensed under Apache 2.0. If you find this library useful feel free to send me a tweet (or not).

Copyright 2012 Alexander Blom

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