How to take screenshot of Composable functions in Jetpack Compose

Assuming a drawing app that allows users to export a canvas, or a simple image editing app that users can share the edited photo, there might be limited ways to convert a composable to a bitmap.


In this post, I will share my experience of using standard methods to convert a composable into a bitmap and store it as a PNG in internal storage.

According to official docs you can access the view version of your composable function using LocalView.current, and export that view to a bitmap file like this (the following code goes inside the composable function):

    val view = LocalView.current
    val context = LocalContext.current

    val handler = Handler(Looper.getMainLooper())
    handler.postDelayed(Runnable {
        val bmp = Bitmap.createBitmap(view.width, view.height,
            Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888).applyCanvas {
            view.draw(this)
        }
        bmp.let {
            File(context.filesDir, "screenshot.png")
                .writeBitmap(bmp, Bitmap.CompressFormat.PNG, 85)
        }
    }, 1000)

The writeBitmap method is a simple extension function for File class. Example:

private fun File.writeBitmap(bitmap: Bitmap, format: Bitmap.CompressFormat, quality: Int) {
    outputStream().use { out ->
        bitmap.compress(format, quality, out)
        out.flush()
    }
}

If you liked this approach, vote for the stackoverflow post. Looking forward to read your feedback soon! 🙂

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Ali Kabiri

I make Android apps and I love it! :)

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