Dart/Flutter – Encode/Decode Image to/from Base64 String

In this tutorial, I will show you how to encode Image file to Base64 & decode Base64 String to Image in Dart/Flutter using dart:convert library.


1. Encode Image to Base64

There are two steps to encode an Image file to Base64 String:

  • convert our Image file to bytes with the help of dart:io library.
  • import 'dart:io' as Io;
    final bytes = await Io.File(image).readAsBytes();
    // or
    final bytes = Io.File(image).readAsBytesSync();
  • use dart:convert library base64Encode() function to encode bytes to Base64.
  • It is the shorthand for base64.encode().

    String base64Encode(List<int> bytes) => base64.encode(bytes);

2. Decode Base64 to Image

To convert a Base64 String into Image, we need to do 2 steps:

  • use base64Decode() function which is shorthand for base64.decode() to decode Base64 to bytes.
  • Uint8List base64Decode(String source) => base64.decode(source);
  • write the bytes to Image file using dart:io writeAsBytes() or writeAsBytesSync().
  • import 'dart:io' as Io;
    var file = Io.File(image);
    await file.writeAsBytes(bytes);
    // or


1. Encode Image to Base64

import 'dart:io' as Io;
import 'dart:convert';

main() {
  final bytes = Io.File('bezkoder.png').readAsBytesSync();

  String img64 = base64Encode(bytes);
  print(img64.substring(0, 100));  



2. Decode Base64 String to Image

import 'dart:io' as Io;
import 'dart:convert';

main() {
  // img64 = iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAB...
  final decodedBytes = base64Decode(img64);

  var file = Io.File("decodedBezkoder.png");

Check decodedBezkoder.png, you can see that it is the same as bezkoder.png.

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9 thoughts to “Dart/Flutter – Encode/Decode Image to/from Base64 String”

  1. Thank you for your tutorial! It is really useful. Still, I am facing an issue when loading my images from my assets list. For instance, in my assets I have a list of local images I need to use:
    – assets/google_logo.png
    – etc…
    When trying to open the image, it does not find the image on the path. To surpass that, I have used rootBundle.loadString with the imagem path in the assests (‘assets/’ + image name).

    Now, when I try to open it, it complains about non utf-8 file. Any clues on what I am doing wrong?
    Thanks once again!

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