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Can Android's WebView automatically resize huge images?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


In some web browsers, huge images are automatically resized to fit the screen.

Is it possible to do the same in an Android WebView?

The web page just contains the image, maybe adding some JavaScript could do the trick?
Anybody has already done this?

Note: I don’t know the size of the image in advance.

How to&Answers:

Yes, it’s possible. You can try setting the WebView Layout using the code below. It resizes all Images (Greater than the Device Screen Width) to the Screen Width. This works for both Orientations (Portrait and Landscape)


You can add extra margins/padding later to get the spacing right.



works but is deprecated. This is another solution without LayoutAlgorithm.SINGLE_COLUMN, using CSS:

private openWebView() {
    } else {
    String data = "<div> your HTML content </div>";
    webView.loadDataWithBaseURL("file:///android_asset/", getHtmlData(data), "text/html", "utf-8", null);

private String getHtmlData(String bodyHTML) {
    String head = "<head><style>img{max-width: 100%; width:auto; height: auto;}</style></head>";
    return "<html>" + head + "<body>" + bodyHTML + "</body></html>";


You could use this:

WebView webView = (WebView) findViewById(R.id.myWebView);

Found this solution here:
How to set the initial zoom/width for a webview


You can have the browser resize the image for you to fit the maximum width of the screen:

<img src="huge-image.jpg" width="100%" />

Resizing its height to WebView’s viewport is possible too:

<img src="huge-image.jpg" height="100%" />

However, resizing both width and height would result in a stretched image. To either resize the width or height depending of what side fits best you may consider a bit of JavaScript, like this:

<img src="huge-image.jpg" onload="resize(this);" />

<script type="text/javascript">

    function resize(image)
        var differenceHeight = document.body.clientHeight - image.clientHeight;
        var differenceWidth  = document.body.clientWidth  - image.clientWidth;
        if (differenceHeight < 0) differenceHeight = differenceHeight * -1;
        if (differenceWidth  < 0) differenceWidth  = differenceWidth * -1;

        if (differenceHeight > differenceWidth)
            image.style['height'] = document.body.clientHeight + 'px';
            image.style['width'] = document.body.clientWidth + 'px';

        // Optional: remove margins or compensate for offset.
        image.style['margin'] = 0;
        document.body.style['margin'] = 0;



If your WebView width is fill_parent then you can use this code:

Display display=getWindowManager().getDefaultDisplay();
int width=display.getWidth();
String data="<img src='http://example.com/image.jpg' style='width:"+width+"px' />";
webView.loadData(data, "text/html", "utf-8");

And zoom still working!

Same method if height is fill_parent.


I faced the same problem and used Jsoup to help me out and add the required respected CSS. You can easily add attributes or CSS. I my case, I download from many sources various different HTML files, save them and then display them in a Webview. Here is how I parse the HTML before I save it to the database with Kotlin:

// Parse your HTML file or String with Jsoup
val doc = Jsoup.parse("<html>MY HTML STRING</html>")

// doc.select selects all tags in the the HTML document
doc.select("img").attr("width", "100%") // find all images and set with to 100%
doc.select("figure").attr("style", "width: 80%") // find all figures and set with to 80%
doc.select("iframe").attr("style", "width: 100%") // find all iframes and set with to 100%
// add more attributes or CSS to other HTML tags

val updatedHTMLString = doc.html()
// save to database or load it in your WebView

Add Jsoup to your project

Have fun!


My favorite’s :

String data = "<html><body ><img id=\"resizeImage\" src=\""+PictureURL+"\" width=\"100%\" alt=\"\" align=\"middle\" /></body></html>";  
webview.loadData(data, "text/html; charset=UTF-8", null);


You could send the size you want in the request parameters and let the server set the width/height in the img element for you.