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Convert Android Bitmap to OpenCV Mat and backwards

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I wanted to simply convert a bitmap from Android to a Mat object for OpenCV. This topic is often adressed on Stack Overflow. For example:

convert Mat to Bitmap Opencv for Android ;

convert Bitmap to Mat after capture image using android camera ;

templateMatching mattoBitmap opencv for android

There is even more to find. I followed the instrcutions in this answers, but I’m still unable to get is done the right way.

Minimal code:

//First convert Bitmap to Mat
Mat ImageMat = new Mat ( image.getHeight(), image.getWidth(), CvType.CV_8U, new Scalar(4));
Bitmap myBitmap32 = image.copy(Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888, true);
Utils.bitmapToMat(myBitmap32, ImageMat);

//Do smth.
Imgproc.cvtColor(ImageMat, ImageMat, Imgproc.COLOR_RGB2GRAY,4);

//Then convert the processed Mat to Bitmap
Bitmap resultBitmap = Bitmap.createBitmap(ImageMat.cols(),  ImageMat.rows(),Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888);;
Utils.matToBitmap(ImageMat, resultBitmap);

//Set member to the Result Bitmap. This member is displayed in an ImageView
mResult = resultBitmap;

(note: image is a Bitmap supplied to this lines of code)


08-07 15:13:59.188: E/AndroidRuntime(2115): FATAL EXCEPTION: main

08-07 15:13:59.188: E/AndroidRuntime(2115):
java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org.opencv.core.Mat

But my imports are:

import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.graphics.Bitmap.Config;

import org.opencv.android.Utils;
import org.opencv.core.CvType;
import org.opencv.core.Mat;
import org.opencv.core.Scalar;
import org.opencv.imgproc.Imgproc;

Would really appreciate any sort of help.
Thanks DanS

How to&Answers:

You only can do your work with OpenCV after it is initialized.
So you need to initialize it like that:

1.Create a Callback:

private BaseLoaderCallback mOpenCVCallBack = new BaseLoaderCallback(this) {
    public void onManagerConnected(int status) {
        switch (status) {
        case LoaderCallbackInterface.SUCCESS:
            //DO YOUR WORK/STUFF HERE 

2.You need to initialize the callback in the onResume Method of your Activity:

    protected void onResume() {
        OpenCVLoader.initAsync(OpenCVLoader.OPENCV_VERSION_2_4_8, this,

and thats it, i hope it was helpful 😀


you should add OpenCV lib dependecy to your android prj config(properties->Android->Library ->add [opencv andrid prg])