May 10, 2018
May 10, 2018
Sira (siralam)
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BS stands for BottomSheet.


Why this library?

When your app needs user to pick one or more images from their device, it is still quite painful in Android.
Without any customization, you first need to ask user whether he/she wants to take a picture using camera, or select one from a Gallery app.
Then you have to write quite some code to launch a Camera intent.
Not to mention that you cannot even let user select multiple images.

So an image picker that solve all these pains is almost present in every app.
And this library does the below:

  1. Without the need to ask user whether to take photo or select from gallery, these options are all in one dialog;
  2. Works for both single and multiple selections;
  3. Handle asking permissions for you;
  4. You just need to show this dialog, and register callbacks that give you a Uri or List<Uri>.

The UI design of this library is referenced from TedBottomPicker.
I like the design of his library! And in fact I have used his library in 2 production apps already.
But there are still some defects that annoyed me:

  1. You need to handle permissions by yourself; but as a Fragment, it is a perfect place to handle by itself;
  2. I don't like the design of his multiple selection mode;
  3. He query media files on the Main Thread. If you query all images in the device, that will absolutely block your app's response! I implemented using CursorLoader instead;
  4. He does not handle fragment lifecycle correctly. Quite some number of crashes due to referencing a null Context has been reported from my production apps, and his library cannot survive configuration change (e.g. device rotation);
  5. He is still using Glide v3 instead of v4.
  6. He hard-coded to use his own FileProvider, which will crash if your app has your own FileProvider.

But note that BSImagePicker does not allow selection from camera and gallery when in multi selection mode, which is possible in TedBottomPicker, due to the difference in UIUX.
Also, a recent release of TedBottomPicker also supports selecting vidoes. This is not supported by BSImagePicker as well.

How to Use

Minimum SDK: 16

Add to Project

First make sure jcenter() is included as a repository in your project's build.gradle:

allprojects {
    repositories {

And then add the below to your app's build.gradle:

    implementation ''

Step 1: Create your own FileProvider

Just follow the guide from Official Android Document.

Step 2: Create a BSImagePicker using a builder

After you have defined your own FileProvider, pass the authority String to the constructor of BSImagePicker.Builder.

The below code snippet also shows all configurables, with some description.

Single Selection:

       BSImagePicker singleSelectionPicker = new BSImagePicker.Builder("com.yourdomain.yourpackage.fileprovider")
               .setMaximumDisplayingImages(24) //Default: Integer.MAX_VALUE. Don't worry about performance :)
               .setSpanCount(3) //Default: 3. This is the number of columns
               .setGridSpacing(Utils.dp2px(2)) //Default: 2dp. Remember to pass in a value in pixel.
               .setPeekHeight(Utils.dp2px(360)) //Default: 360dp. This is the initial height of the dialog.
               .hideCameraTile() //Default: show. Set this if you don't want user to take photo.
               .hideGalleryTile() //Default: show. Set this if you don't want to further let user select from a gallery app. In such case, I suggest you to set maximum     displaying    images to Integer.MAX_VALUE.

Multiple Selection:

       BSImagePicker multiSelectionPicker = new BSImagePicker.Builder("com.yourdomain.yourpackage.fileprovider")
               .isMultiSelect() //Set this if you want to use multi selection mode.
               .setMinimumMultiSelectCount(3) //Default: 1.
               .setMaximumMultiSelectCount(6) //Default: Integer.MAX_VALUE (i.e. User can select as many images as he/she wants)
               .setMultiSelectBarBgColor(android.R.color.white) //Default: #FFFFFF. You can also set it to a translucent color.
               .setMultiSelectTextColor(R.color.primary_text) //Default: #212121(Dark grey). This is the message in the multi-select bottom bar.
               .setMultiSelectDoneTextColor(R.color.colorAccent) //Default: #388e3c(Green). This is the color of the "Done" TextView.
               .setOverSelectTextColor(R.color.error_text) //Default: #b71c1c. This is the color of the message shown when user tries to select more than maximum select count.
               .disableOverSelectionMessage() //You can also decide not to show this over select message.

Step 3: Register callbacks

In order to survive configuration change, I cannot let you simply pass an anonymous interface to the builder. That callback will become null when device orientation changes.
So, your caller Activity or Fragment must implements OnSingleImageSelectedListener or OnMultiImageSelectedListener.

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity implements BSImagePicker.OnSingleImageSelectedListener,


    public void onSingleImageSelected(Uri uri) {
        //Do something with your Uri

    public void onMultiImageSelected(List<Uri> uriList) {
        //Do something with your Uri list

Step 4: Show the picker, which is essentially just a DialogFragment

       //pickerDialog is the one your created in Step 2, "picker");

Customization of layouts

You can easily customize various layouts and string resources by simply overriding the original resource I defined in the library.

Customize layout of camera tile or gallery tile

Define your own R.layout.item_picker_camera_tile.xml or R.layout.item_picker_gallery_tile.xml. But make sure the root ViewGroup is a FitWidthRelativeLayout with app:view_aspectRatio="1".
You do not need to specify any View id.

Customize String resources of the bottom bar of multi-selection

Define below String resources with the same ID in your own app:

    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_done">Done</string>
    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_not_enough_singular">You have to select 1 more image</string>
    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_not_enough_plural">You have to select %d more images</string>
    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_enough_singular">You have selected 1 image</string>
    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_enough_plural">You have selected %d images</string>
    <string name="imagepicker_multiselect_overselect">You cannot select more than %d images</string>

IMPORTANT: Your string resources must match the number of replaceables (%d) with the original resources above.

You ask why don't I use plurals? See this post.


  1. You cannot filter the images showing in the picker, e.g. From only a specific folder.
  2. Since the customization of layouts are done by resource overriding, it is impossible to set different style for different pickers in the same app. I consider this as an edge case.

Release notes

v1.0.1 First Release.


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