How to Build a Photo Viewing Application in Android?
Gallery app is one of the most used apps which comes pre-installed on many android devices and there are several different apps that are present in Google Play to view the media files present in your device. In this article, we will be simply creating a Gallery app in which we can view all the photos which we have stored on our device. Along with that, we can view individual photos in our app as well.
What we are going to build in this article?
We will be building a simple application in which we will be simply displaying the list of photos in the grid format and on clicking on the photo we can view that photo and can zoom in the photo to view it properly. Below is the vide0 in which we will get to see what we are going to build in this article.
Step 1: Create a New Project
To create a new project in Android Studio please refer to How to Create/Start a New Project in Android Studio. Note that select Java as the programming language.
Step 2: Add the dependency in build.gradle file
Navigate to the app > Gradle Scripts > build.gradle(:app) and add the below dependency to it. We are using Picasso for loading images from paths in our ImageView.
// below dependency for using Picasso image loading library
Now sync your project and we will move towards adding permissions in our AndroidManifest.xml file.
Step 3: Adding permissions in our AndroidManifest.xml file
Navigate to the app > AndroidManifest.xml file and add the below permissions to it.
As we are loading all the images from our storage at a time so we have to add 2 attributes to our application tag in the AndroidManifest.xml file. Navigate to the AndroidManifest.xml file and add below two lines in your application tag of Manifest file.
Step 4: Working with the activity_main.xml file
Navigate to the app > res > layout > activity_main.xml and add the below code to that file. Below is the code for the activity_main.xml file.
Step 5: Creating an item for displaying in a RecyclerView
Navigate to the app > res > layout > Right-click on it > New > layout Resource file and create a new layout resource file. Name the file as card_layout and add the below code to it. Comments are added in the code to get to know in more detail.
Step 6: Creating a new activity for displaying a single image
Navigate to the app > java > your app’s package name > Right-click on it > New > Empty Activity and name your activity as ImageDetailActivity and create a new activity. We will be using this activity to display our single image from the list of different images.
Step 7: Creating an adapter class for setting data to each item in our RecyclerView
Navigate to the app > java > your app’s package name > Right-click on it > New Java class and name your class as RecyclerViewAdapter and add the below code to it. Comments are added in the code to get to know in more detail.
Step 8: Working with the MainActivity.java file
Go to the MainActivity.java file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the MainActivity.java file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.
Step 9: Working with the activity_image_detail.xml file.
Navigate to the app > res > layout > activity_image_detail.xml and add the below code to that file. Below is the code for the activity_image_detail.xml file.
Step 10: Working with ImageDetailActivity.java file
Go to the ImageDetailActivity.java file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the ImageDetailActivity.java file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.
Now run your app and see the output of the app.
Note: Make sure to grant read storage permissions.
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