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canvas.toDataURL('image/jpeg') returns image/png on Android #33

ghinda opened this Issue Nov 25, 2012 · 9 comments


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ghinda commented Nov 25, 2012


The toDataURL() method of the canvas element allows specifying the format in which to return the data url. By default it returns image/png, but specifying image/jpeg should return a JPEG image.

On Android, it always returns a image/png data url, regardless of the type parameter.

On desktop, Chrome returns the proper data url with the image/jpeg type.

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  • Android 4+

How to reproduce:

  1. Check the example on Android 4+

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revolunet commented Jan 27, 2013

Works here on nexus 4 With Android 4.2.1


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ghinda commented Jan 31, 2013

Have only tested on 4.0.4 and 4.1 (and on CyanogenMod 10, based on 4.1).

Can't test on 4.2, but since you mention it's working, I'm guessing it was fixed sometime between 4.1 and 4.2.1.


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patrickkettner commented Jan 31, 2013

For what its worth, I don't think this is a 'bug' technically. They are following the spec

image/png is used when the format requested is not supported/understood. (

defiantly worth knowing you can't make a jpeg though.


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ruanosaur commented May 27, 2014

Android 4.2.2 with Phonegap Android app, still only supporting png and NOT jpeg.



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emekamicrosoft commented Jun 10, 2014

this works in firefox, oCanvas.toDataURL("image/jpeg")


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aruncnt commented Nov 28, 2014

How To post this image on server ? I mean upload .


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frontenddeveloping commented Nov 30, 2014

UA must support by spec image/png mime-type only. Other types - as UA wants.
Also as @patrickkettner notes if mime-type is not support - UA will returnimage/png type.
+1 for not a bug.


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gwyy commented Dec 2, 2014

我也是遇到了这个问题,是不是 Android 不支持 jpeg 所以就用默认的 png 来实现了 那么我在服务端还要判断下是否是png


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gwyy commented Dec 2, 2014

我自己写了个代码解决了 if 判断下 如果不是jpeg 那么 引入第三方类 转换成 jpeg
toDataURLFailed=true; // android may generate png

if( (toDataURLFailed || url.slice(0,"data:image/jpeg".length) !== "data:image/jpeg") ){
var encoder = new JPEGEncoder();
url= encoder.encode(ctx.getImageData(0,0,w,h), 100);
catch(e){ alert(1); }

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