About Paresh Mayani

Paresh Mayani is a Mobile application developer from India, having been involved in Android app development since around 3 years. He writes technical articles at TechnoTalkative. Apart from his job, he manages Google Developer Group (GDG) - Ahmedabad and has been speaker in various events.

Android – Select multiple photos from Gallery

Today i am going to discuss about implementation of selecting multiple photos from Photo Gallery. You know, i have searched enough to find out a solution for selecting multiple images from android’s native gallery. There are 2 ways to implement multi selection of images in gallery: 1) Intent for getting multiple images

2) Define custom gallery with fetching and loading photos from native gallery.

1. Intent for getting multiple images:

As being native lover, i tried to find out a solution by implementing solution provided same like we select single image from gallery, by using below code:

Intent intent = new Intent();
startActivityForResult(Intent.createChooser(intent, 'Select Picture'), PICK_IMAGE);

But i am unable to implement a solution for selecting multiple images using the above way. Yes i came to know we can use SEND_MULTIPLE intent but i am sure how do we implement this and select mutiple images. I will try to implement it and share with you if i will get success.

2. Define custom gallery with fetching and loading photos from native gallery:

As we dont know about the Intent way solution, this is the good idea for selecting multiple photos. One of my friend Vikas Kanani is already done with this solution earlier. I did thorough testing and came to know about the below issues:

  1. Images are loading very slow if we are having larger number of images, lets say 2000-5000
  2. Crashing if we load more images

For resolving above issues, what i did? I have implemented Asynchronous image loading so that every image gets loaded asynchronously.

Now, lets implement improved solution

Step 1: Download Image loader library from Here.

Step 2: Add the library inside the libs folder, right click on the jar file -> Select Add to Build Path

Step 3: Define row layout for image item

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android='http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android'
    android:layout_height='fill_parent' >

        android:src='@drawable/ic_launcher' />



Step 4: Define activity layout with GridView

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android='http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android'
    android:layout_height='fill_parent' >

        android:verticalSpacing='2dip' />

        android:text='Select Photos' />


Step 5: Define a UILApplication to declare application level configuration settings

package com.technotalkative.multiphotoselect;

import android.app.Application;

import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.cache.disc.naming.Md5FileNameGenerator;
import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.ImageLoader;
import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.ImageLoaderConfiguration;

 * @author Paresh Mayani (@pareshmayani)
public class UILApplication extends Application {

 public void onCreate() {

  // This configuration tuning is custom. You can tune every option, you may tune some of them, 
  // or you can create default configuration by
  //  ImageLoaderConfiguration.createDefault(this);
  // method.
  ImageLoaderConfiguration config = new ImageLoaderConfiguration.Builder(getApplicationContext())
   .threadPriority(Thread.NORM_PRIORITY - 2)
   .memoryCacheSize(1500000) // 1.5 Mb
   .discCacheFileNameGenerator(new Md5FileNameGenerator())
   .enableLogging() // Not necessary in common
  // Initialize ImageLoader with configuration.

Step 6: Define a base activity to create a singleton instance of ImageLoader class.

package com.technotalkative.multiphotoselect;

import android.app.Activity;

import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.ImageLoader;

 * @author Paresh Mayani (@pareshmayani)
public abstract class BaseActivity extends Activity {

 protected ImageLoader imageLoader = ImageLoader.getInstance();


Step 7: Now, Its time to define a main activity where we can write a logic for fetching photos from native gallery. Here i have also defined an ImageAdapter for the GridView.

package com.technotalkative.multiphotoselect;

import java.util.ArrayList;

import android.content.Context;
import android.database.Cursor;
import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.provider.MediaStore;
import android.util.Log;
import android.util.SparseBooleanArray;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.view.animation.Animation;
import android.view.animation.AnimationUtils;
import android.widget.BaseAdapter;
import android.widget.CheckBox;
import android.widget.CompoundButton;
import android.widget.Toast;
import android.widget.CompoundButton.OnCheckedChangeListener;
import android.widget.GridView;
import android.widget.ImageView;

import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.DisplayImageOptions;
import com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.assist.SimpleImageLoadingListener;

 * @author Paresh Mayani (@pareshmayani)
public class MultiPhotoSelectActivity extends BaseActivity {

 private ArrayList<String> imageUrls;
 private DisplayImageOptions options;
 private ImageAdapter imageAdapter;

 public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

  final String[] columns = { MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA, MediaStore.Images.Media._ID };
  final String orderBy = MediaStore.Images.Media.DATE_TAKEN;
  Cursor imagecursor = managedQuery(
    MediaStore.Images.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI, columns, null,
    null, orderBy + ' DESC');

  this.imageUrls = new ArrayList<String>();

  for (int i = 0; i < imagecursor.getCount(); i++) {
   int dataColumnIndex = imagecursor.getColumnIndex(MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA);

   System.out.println('=====> Array path => '+imageUrls.get(i));

  options = new DisplayImageOptions.Builder()

  imageAdapter = new ImageAdapter(this, imageUrls);

  GridView gridView = (GridView) findViewById(R.id.gridview);
  //gridView.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener() {
  // @Override
  //public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id) {
  // startImageGalleryActivity(position);
  // }

 protected void onStop() {

 public void btnChoosePhotosClick(View v){

  ArrayList<String> selectedItems = imageAdapter.getCheckedItems();
  Toast.makeText(MultiPhotoSelectActivity.this, 'Total photos selected: '+selectedItems.size(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
  Log.d(MultiPhotoSelectActivity.class.getSimpleName(), 'Selected Items: ' + selectedItems.toString());

 /*private void startImageGalleryActivity(int position) {
  Intent intent = new Intent(this, ImagePagerActivity.class);
  intent.putExtra(Extra.IMAGES, imageUrls);
  intent.putExtra(Extra.IMAGE_POSITION, position);

 public class ImageAdapter extends BaseAdapter {

  ArrayList<String> mList;
  LayoutInflater mInflater;
  Context mContext;
  SparseBooleanArray mSparseBooleanArray;

  public ImageAdapter(Context context, ArrayList<String> imageList) {
   // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub
   mContext = context;
   mInflater = LayoutInflater.from(mContext);
   mSparseBooleanArray = new SparseBooleanArray();
   mList = new ArrayList<String>();
   this.mList = imageList;


  public ArrayList<String> getCheckedItems() {
   ArrayList<String> mTempArry = new ArrayList<String>();

   for(int i=0;i<mList.size();i++) {
    if(mSparseBooleanArray.get(i)) {

   return mTempArry;

  public int getCount() {
   return imageUrls.size();

  public Object getItem(int position) {
   return null;

  public long getItemId(int position) {
   return position;

  public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {

   if(convertView == null) {
    convertView = mInflater.inflate(R.layout.row_multiphoto_item, null);

   CheckBox mCheckBox = (CheckBox) convertView.findViewById(R.id.checkBox1);
   final ImageView imageView = (ImageView) convertView.findViewById(R.id.imageView1);

   imageLoader.displayImage('file://'+imageUrls.get(position), imageView, options, new SimpleImageLoadingListener() {
    public void onLoadingComplete(Bitmap loadedImage) {
     Animation anim = AnimationUtils.loadAnimation(MultiPhotoSelectActivity.this, R.anim.fade_in);


   return convertView;

  OnCheckedChangeListener mCheckedChangeListener = new OnCheckedChangeListener() {

   public void onCheckedChanged(CompoundButton buttonView, boolean isChecked) {
    // TODO Auto-generated method stub
    mSparseBooleanArray.put((Integer) buttonView.getTag(), isChecked);

Download this example from here: Android – Select multiple photos from Gallery

Reference: Android – Select multiple photos from Gallery from our JCG partner Paresh N. Mayani at the TechnoTalkative blog.

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6 Responses to "Android – Select multiple photos from Gallery"

  1. Kyle Clegg says:

    This is excellent. Thank you!

  2. hina says:

    i got a error when i export it…….

    conversion to dalvic format failed..:(

  3. hardik says:

    Good article.
    Is it possible to show image gallery in fragment Activity?

  4. koko says:

    Can you reupload the source code. 4shared is having serious issues/

  5. yateesh says:

    When i scroll for more images, I get out of memory exception. I added jar file to build path.

    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): java.lang.OutOfMemoryError
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at android.graphics.BitmapFactory.nativeDecodeStream(Native Method)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at android.graphics.BitmapFactory.decodeStream(BitmapFactory.java:530)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.ImageDecoder.decode(ImageDecoder.java:83)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.LoadAndDisplayImageTask.decodeWithOOMHandling(LoadAndDisplayImageTask.java:187)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.LoadAndDisplayImageTask.decodeImage(LoadAndDisplayImageTask.java:170)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.LoadAndDisplayImageTask.tryLoadBitmap(LoadAndDisplayImageTask.java:126)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at com.nostra13.universalimageloader.core.LoadAndDisplayImageTask.run(LoadAndDisplayImageTask.java:72)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at java.util.concurrent.Executors$RunnableAdapter.call(Executors.java:390)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.run(FutureTask.java:234)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1080)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:573)
    05-01 00:37:00.731: E/ImageLoader(13442): at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:841)

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