Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

How to read HEIC image files in Java with JDeli

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In this article, I will explain how to read HEIC files into Java as a BufferedImage.

ImageIO does not read HEIC file types so you will need to use an external library. We believe that JDeli is the only pure Java implementation available so we will document that. If you are looking for a free solution, we recommend the Nokia library on GitHub (which includes Java wrappers).

What is HEIC?

HEIC iconHEIC stands for “High Efficiency Image File Format”. It is a complex lossy file format for storing bitmapped images. It was developed by Apple but is an Open Standard.

The file name extension for HEIC files is: .heic

How to read a HEIC image in Java with JDeli

Step 1 Add JDeli to your class or module path. (download the trial jar).
Step 2 Create a File handle, InputStream pointing to the raw HEIC image. You can also use a byte[] containing the image data.
Step 3 Read the HEIC image into a BufferedImage

BufferedImage image = JDeli.read(heicFile);

Why use JDeli to read HEIC files?

JDeli offers a range of advantages over ImageIO and alternatives, including:

  • complete implementation of Heic spec
  • implements mirroring, rotation and clapping (ie cropping)
  • 100% Java implementation
  • no dependencies on other Heic libraries
  • highly optimized memory usage
  • supports threading

Learn more about JDeli, or download it to try it yourself.


Do you need to write or read JPEG in Java?

We have an easy guide on how to write JPEG in Java using ImageIO and JDeli. You can learn how to read/write most of the image files in ImageIO. However, it gives little control over the process.

JDeli is easy to use and offers complete support, so why don't you give a try?

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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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