iOS - UIImageView - how to handle UIImage image orientation


Is it possible to setup UIImageView to handle image orientation? When I set the UIImageView to image with orientation RIGHT (it is photo from camera roll), the image is rotated to right, but I want to show it in proper orientation, as it was taken.

I know I can rotate image data but it is possible to do it more elegant?

This question is tagged with ios uiimageview uiimage orientation

~ Asked on 2012-01-18 18:49:38

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If I understand, what you want to do is disregard the orientation of the UIImage? If so then you could do this:

UIImage *originalImage = [... whatever ...];

UIImage *imageToDisplay =
     [UIImage imageWithCGImage:[originalImage CGImage]
              scale:[originalImage scale]
              orientation: UIImageOrientationUp];

So you're creating a new UIImage with the same pixel data as the original (referenced via its CGImage property) but you're specifying an orientation that doesn't rotate the data.

~ Answered on 2012-01-18 19:05:48


You can completely avoid manually doing the transforms and scaling yourself, as suggested by an0 in this answer here:

- (UIImage *)normalizedImage {
    if (self.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientationUp) return self; 

    UIGraphicsBeginImageContextWithOptions(self.size, NO, self.scale);
    [self drawInRect:(CGRect){0, 0, self.size}];
    UIImage *normalizedImage = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext();
    return normalizedImage;

The documentation for the UIImage methods size and drawInRect explicitly states that they take into account orientation.

~ Answered on 2014-07-15 23:57:59

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