Pure JavaScript PNG decoder
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PNG.js

PNG.js is a PNG decoder fully written in JavaScript. It works in Node.js as well as in (modern) browsers.

Usage

var PNGReader = require('png.js');

var reader = new PNGReader(bytes);
reader.parse(function(err, png){
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log(png);
});

Or with options:

reader.parse({
    data: false
}, function(err, png){
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log(png);
});

Currently the only option is:

  • data (boolean) - should it read the pixel data, or only the image information.

PNG object

The PNG object is passed in the callback. It contains all the data extracted from the image.

// most importantly
png.getWidth();
png.getHeight();
png.getPixel(x, y); // [red, blue, green, alpha]
// but also
png.getBitDepth();
png.getColorType();
png.getCompressionMethod();
png.getFilterMethod();
png.getInterlaceMethod();
png.getPalette();

Using PNGReader in Node.js

PNGReader accepts an Buffer object, returned by fs.readFile, for example:

fs.readFile('test.png', function(err, buffer){

    var reader = new PNGReader(buffer);
    reader.parse(function(err, png){
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log(png);
    });

});

Using PNGReader in the Browser

PNGReader accepts a byte string, array of bytes or an ArrayBuffer.

For example using FileReader with file input fields:

var reader = new FileReader();

reader.onload = function(event){
    var reader = new PNGReader(event.target.result);
    reader.parse(function(err, png){
        if (err) throw err;
        console.log(png);
    });
};

fileInputElement.onchange = function(){
    reader.readAsArrayBuffer(fileInputElement.files[0]);
    // or, but less optimal
    reader.readAsBinaryString(fileInputElement.files[0]);
};

Or instead of using input elements, XHR can also be used:

var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr.open('GET', 'image.png', true);
xhr.responseType = 'arraybuffer';

xhr.onload = function(e){
    if (this.status == 200){
        var reader = new PNGReader(this.response);
        reader.parse(function(err, png){
            if (err) throw err;
            console.log(png);
        });
    }
};

xhr.send();

Building Browser Version

PNG.js uses CommonJS modules which can be used in browsers after building it with browserify:

browserify ./PNGReader.js -s PNGReader