In this article, I will cover how to write out images as Heic images in Java. We also have a related article covering how to read HEIC files in Java.
ImageIO does not write 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 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 filename extension for Heic files is:
If you are just looking for a Heic Viewer, JDeli includes a built-in Image Viewer.
How to write an image as a Heic file with JDeli
Step 1 Add JDeli to your class or module path. (download the trial jar).
Step 2 Create a File (or OutputStream) object
File file = new File("/path/to/outputFile.heic"));
Step 3 Pass image, Heic type, and File (or OutputStream) object into write method
JDeli.write(bufferedImage, "heic", file);
In JDeli you can also use a typesafe version
JDeli.write(bufferedImage, OutputFormat.HEIC, file);
or pass in a object for more control over Heic image output, such as level of Compression.
HeicEncoderOptions options = new HeicEncoderOptions(); JDeli.write(bufferedImage, options, file);
Start reading and writing images with one line of code
BufferedImage image = JDeli.read(streamOrFile);
JDeli.write(myBufferedImage, OutputFormat.HEIC, outputStreamOrFile)