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Reads and convert image file.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Container 11.2 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS and Windows ✅ Yes
MBS( "Container.ReadImageFile"; Path { ; ImageType; FileName } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
Path The native file path. "/Users/cs/Images/test.jpg"
ImageType The type of image to return.
Either JPEG, PNG, GIF or BMP. Default is JPEG.
"JPEG" Optional
FileName The filename to use for the picture.
Default is "image" with the extension matching the image type.
"test.jpg" Optional


Returns image container or error.


Reads and convert image file.
This function is useful to read all the image formats supported by Apple's frameworks and convert them to a common format like JPEG or PNG.
Use this function to convert old PICT or new HEIC and HEIF images.

Added Windows support in v13.0.

Reads webp files on macOS.


Read in some picture and convert to PNG:

Set Variable [ $image ; Value: MBS( "Container.ReadImageFile"; "/Users/cs/Pictures/mond.jpg"; "PNG") ]

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This function is free to use.

Created 15th April 2021, last changed 6th June 2023

Container.ReadImage - Container.Remove