Implementation of ImageView for Android that supports zooming, by various touch gestures.
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PhotoView aims to help produce an easily usable implementation of a zooming Android ImageView.


  • Out of the box zooming, using multi-touch and double-tap.
  • Scrolling, with smooth scrolling fling.
  • Works perfectly when used in a scrolling parent (such as ViewPager).
  • Allows the application to be notified when the displayed Matrix has changed. Useful for when you need to update your UI based on the current zoom/scroll position.
  • Allows the application to be notified when the user taps on the Photo.

Gradle Dependency

Add this in your root build.gradle file (not your module build.gradle file):

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url "" }

Then, add the library to your module build.gradle

dependencies {
    compile ''

Sample Application

The sample application (the source is in the repository) has been published onto Google Play for easy access:

Get it on Google Play

Sample Usage

There is a sample provided which shows how to use the library in a more advanced way, but for completeness here is all that is required to get PhotoView working:

ImageView mImageView;
PhotoViewAttacher mAttacher;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // Any implementation of ImageView can be used!
    mImageView = (ImageView) findViewById(;

    // Set the Drawable displayed
    Drawable bitmap = getResources().getDrawable(R.drawable.wallpaper);

    // Attach a PhotoViewAttacher, which takes care of all of the zooming functionality.
    // (not needed unless you are going to change the drawable later)
    mAttacher = new PhotoViewAttacher(mImageView);

// If you later call mImageView.setImageDrawable/setImageBitmap/setImageResource/etc then you just need to call

Issues With ViewGroups

There are some ViewGroups (ones that utilize onInterceptTouchEvent) that throw exceptions when a PhotoView is placed within them, most notably ViewPager and DrawerLayout. This is a framework issue that has not been resolved. In order to prevent this exception (which typically occurs when you zoom out), take a look at HackyDrawerLayout and you can see the solution is to simply catch the exception. Any ViewGroup which uses onInterceptTouchEvent will also need to be extended and exceptions caught. Use the HackyDrawerLayout as a template of how to do so. The basic implementation is:

public class HackyProblematicViewGroup extends ProblematicViewGroup {

    public HackyProblematicViewGroup(Context context) {

    public boolean onInterceptTouchEvent(MotionEvent ev) {
        try {
            return super.onInterceptTouchEvent(ev);
        } catch (IllegalArgumentException e) {
                        //uncomment if you really want to see these errors
            return false;

Usage with Fresco

Due to the complex nature of Fresco, this library does not currently support Fresco. See this project as an alternative solution.

Subsampling Support

This library aims to keep the zooming implementation simple. If you are looking for an implementation that supports subsampling, check out this project

Pull Requests / Contribution

Development happens in develop branch of this repository, and Pull Requests should be filled against that branch. Any Pull Request against master will be rejected


Copyright 2016 Chris Banes

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