by Clarence Ho | v0.1.5
NativeScript plugin for viewing an image file from local storage on Android.
npm i --save nativescript-file-photoview

NativeScript Plugin - FilePhotoView

A simple library for viewing an image file on Android from local storage.

This plugin supports Android only. For iOS, recommend to use nativescript-photoview plugin.



I have an app that reads images from a protected REST API endpoints, and download into NativeScript as ImageSource. I need a photo viewer so when the thumbnail was tapped, the viewer for the photo will display with zoom functionality.

So I need a photo popup viewer that supports NS's ImageSource. I found the nativescript-photoviewer that works well in supporting this, but for Android, it only supports external URL strings that I can't provide.

Also, I found that passing an ImageSource directly to an Android library is not that strict forward (it easily cause out of memory error).

As a result, I come up a simple approach as follows:

  • The image was download as NS's ImageSource instances
  • When user click on the thumbnail, the ImageSource will be saved to the application cache
  • The image file path will be passed to the above FilePhotoView Android library for pop up and display
    • The FilePhotoView use Glide and PhotoView behind the scene


Run tns plugin add nativescript-file-photoview in your ROOT directory of your project.


The usage is very simple. Import "nativescript-file-photoview" module and create a instance of it. Call the show(string) (string is the local storage image file path) function to present the photo. The show() function accept a singe parameter, a string.

import { Component, OnInit } from "@angular/core";
import { Observable } from 'rxjs/Rx';
import * as nshttp from 'http';
import * as fs from 'file-system';
import * as enums from 'ui/enums';

// Import the plugin
import { FilePhotoview } from 'nativescript-file-photoview';

selector: "ns-app",
templateUrl: "app.component.html",
export class AppComponent implements OnInit {

imageUrl: string;

filePhotoView = new FilePhotoview();

ngOnInit() {

this.imageUrl = '';


viewPhoto() {
console.log('View Photo');
console.log(`imageUrl: ${this.imageUrl}`);

// Download image and save file to application cache
image => {

// This is the application's cache folder
let folder = fs.knownFolders.temp();

// Construct a unique file name for saving the image file
let fileName = new Date().getTime() + '.jpg';
let path = fs.path.join(folder.path, fileName);

// Save the file
image.saveToFile(path, enums.ImageFormat.jpg);
console.log(`File: ${path} saved successfully`);

// Display the photo;




Demo PNG


I will accept pull requests that improve this and assign credit. All code is Apache 2.0 licensed.


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