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How to implement an image picker in Flutter

This article shows you how to implement an image picker in Flutter by using the image_picker plugin developed and published by flutter.dev.

Complete Example

App Preview

We’ll make a simple Flutter app that contains a button. When the user presses that button, an image picker will show up and allow he/she to pick an image from his/her device. Advertisements

Here’s how our app works on iOS and Android:

Note: When the user triggers the image picker for the first time on an iOS device, it will ask for permission and the user must accept it to continue.

Installing The Plugin

1. Add image_picker and its latest version to the dependencies section in your pubspec.yaml file by running:

flutter pub add image_picker

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flutter pub get

2. Some special platform setup

If you’re a Windows user and just want to make an app for Android devices then you can ignore this step and move to the next one.


If you’re using a Mac and building an iOS app, you need some extra setup. Go to <your project>/ios/Runner/Info.plist and add the following into the dict section:

<string>Allow this app to access your photos</string>

Feel free to replace Allow this app to access your photos with your own message.

My screenshot:

Writing Code

3. Add the following code to your main.dart:

// main.dart
import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'dart:io';
import 'package:image_picker/image_picker.dart';

void main() {
  runApp(const MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyApp({Key? key}) : super(key: key);

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return const MaterialApp(
      // Hide the debug banner
      debugShowCheckedModeBanner: false,
      title: 'Kindacode.com',
      home: HomePage(),

class HomePage extends StatefulWidget {
  const HomePage({Key? key}) : super(key: key);

  _HomePageState createState() => _HomePageState();

class _HomePageState extends State<HomePage> {
  File? _image;

  final _picker = ImagePicker();
  // Implementing the image picker
  Future<void> _openImagePicker() async {
    final XFile? pickedImage =
        await _picker.pickImage(source: ImageSource.gallery);
    if (pickedImage != null) {
      setState(() {
        _image = File(pickedImage.path);

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
        appBar: AppBar(
          title: const Text('Kindacode.com'),
        body: SafeArea(
          child: Padding(
            padding: const EdgeInsets.all(35),
            child: Column(children: [
                child: ElevatedButton(
                  child: const Text('Select An Image'),
                  onPressed: _openImagePicker,
              const SizedBox(height: 35),
                alignment: Alignment.center,
                width: double.infinity,
                height: 300,
                color: Colors.grey[300],
                child: _image != null
                    ? Image.file(_image!, fit: BoxFit.cover)
                    : const Text('Please select an image'),

4. Launch an iOS simulator or an Android emulator and start your app:

flutter run


We’ve gone through an end-to-end example of using an image picker. You now have the tools that need to build larger and more complex applications with functions that allow users to upload their photos. If you’d like to explore more new and interesting things about Flutter, take a look at the following articles:

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