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Reading big images in Qt

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Tested with
SDK: Qt "Tower" pre-release
Devices(s): Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N900
Platform(s): Qt
Keywords: QImageReader
Created: tepaa (24 Nov 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (11 Oct 2012)



This example shows you how to load big images into memory using QImageReader.

Successive loading of big images with a large memory footprint using the QPixmap::load() method may sometimes fail due to RAM restrictions (detected with images taken with the device camera on Nokia 5800 XpressMusic or Nokia N97). To avoid this, you have to use QImageReader and set QImageReader::setScaledSize() for the reader before loading the image. The following code has been tested with JPEG images.




QImageReader reader; 
// Set image name
// Read image current size
QSize imageSize = reader.size();
// Scale image to fit to screen
imageSize.scale(size(), Qt::KeepAspectRatio);
// Set wanted image size for reader
// Read image
QImage image =;
// Make QPixmap (if needed)
QPixmap pixmap = QPixmap::fromImage(image);


The device is able to read big JPEG images.

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