How to convert a Base64 string into a BitMap image to show it in a ImageView?


I have a Base64 String that represents a BitMap image.

I need to transform that String into a BitMap image again to use it on a ImageView in my Android app

How to do it?

This is the code that I use to transform the image into the base64 String:

//proceso de transformar la imagen BitMap en un String:
Resources r = this.getResources();
Bitmap bm = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(r, R.drawable.logo);
ByteArrayOutputStream baos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();  
bm.compress(Bitmap.CompressFormat.PNG, 100, baos); //bm is the bitmap object   
byte[] b = baos.toByteArray();
//String encodedImage = Base64.encode(b, Base64.DEFAULT);
encodedImage = Base64.encodeBytes(b);
1/17/2014 12:47:09 PM

Accepted Answer

You can just basically revert your code using some other built in methods.

byte[] decodedString = Base64.decode(encodedImage, Base64.DEFAULT);
Bitmap decodedByte = BitmapFactory.decodeByteArray(decodedString, 0, decodedString.length); 
1/29/2011 2:16:13 PM

To anyone who is still interested in this question: If: 1-decodeByteArray returns null 2-Base64.decode throws bad-base64 Exception

Here is the solution: -You should consider the value sent to you from API is Base64 Encoded and should be decoded first in order to cast it to a Bitmap object! -Take a look at your Base64 encoded String, If it starts with


The Base64.decode won't be able to decode it, So it has to be removed from your encoded String:

final String encodedString = "data:image/jpg;base64, ....";                        
final String pureBase64Encoded = encodedString.substring(encodedString.indexOf(",")  + 1);

Now the pureBase64Encoded object is ready to be decoded:

final byte[] decodedBytes = Base64.decode(pureBase64Encoded, Base64.DEFAULT);

Now just simply use the line below to turn this into a Bitmap Object! :

Bitmap decodedBitmap = BitmapFactory.decodeByteArray(decodedBytes, 0, decodedBytes.length);

Or if you're using the great library Glide:


This should do the job! It wasted one day on this and came up to this solution!

Note: If you are still getting bad-base64 error consider other Base64.decode flags like Base64.URL_SAFE and so on

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