PNG decoder

Allow the use of PNG images in LVGL. This implementation uses lodepng library.

If enabled in lv_conf.h by LV_USE_PNG LVGL will register a new image decoder automatically so PNG files can be directly used as any other image sources.

Note that, a file system driver needs to registered to open images from files. Read more about it here or just enable one in lv_conf.h with LV_USE_FS_...

The whole PNG image is decoded so during decoding RAM equals to image width x image height x 4 bytes are required.

As it might take significant time to decode PNG images LVGL's images caching feature can be useful.


Open a PNG image from file and variable

C code  

#include "../../lv_examples.h"

 * Open a PNG image from a file and a variable
void lv_example_png_1(void)
    lv_obj_t * img;

    img = lv_img_create(lv_scr_act());
    lv_img_set_src(img, &img_wink_png);
    lv_obj_align(img, LV_ALIGN_LEFT_MID, 20, 0);

    img = lv_img_create(lv_scr_act());
    /* Assuming a File system is attached to letter 'A'
     * E.g. set LV_USE_FS_STDIO 'A' in lv_conf.h */
    lv_img_set_src(img, "A:lvgl/examples/libs/png/wink.png");
    lv_obj_align(img, LV_ALIGN_RIGHT_MID, -20, 0);


MicroPython code  

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#!/opt/bin/lv_micropython -i
import lvgl as lv
import display_driver
from imagetools import get_png_info, open_png
from img_wink_png import img_wink_png_map
# Register PNG image decoder
decoder = lv.img.decoder_create()
decoder.info_cb = get_png_info
decoder.open_cb = open_png

img_wink_png = lv.img_dsc_t(
        "header": {"always_zero": 0, "w": 50, "h": 50,  "cf": lv.img.CF.RAW_ALPHA},
        "data_size": 5158,
        "data": img_wink_png_map,
img1 = lv.img(lv.scr_act())
img1.align(lv.ALIGN.RIGHT_MID, -250, 0)

# Create an image from the png file
    with open('wink.png','rb') as f:
        png_data =
    print("Could not find wink.png")

wink_argb = lv.img_dsc_t({
  'data_size': len(png_data),
  'data': png_data

img2 = lv.img(lv.scr_act())
img2.align(lv.ALIGN.RIGHT_MID, -150, 0)



void lv_png_init(void)

Register the PNG decoder functions in LVGL