Taking pictures with camera on Android programmatically

I have created an app with a button and wrote onClickListener for that button. I have tried several sample code examples and none of them worked. They all bring up the Android camera app and don’t take photographs. I want some code which I can put in my onClickListener so when I press the button on the screen, a picture will be taken.

How can I make the camera take a picture when I press a button in an Android activity?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Look at following demo code.

Here is your XML file for UI,

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="vertical" >

        android:text="Camera" />


And here is your Java class file,

public class CameraDemoActivity extends Activity {
    int TAKE_PHOTO_CODE = 0;
    public static int count = 0;

    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)

        // Here, we are making a folder named picFolder to store
        // pics taken by the camera using this application.
        final String dir = Environment.getExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Environment.DIRECTORY_PICTURES) + "/picFolder/";
        File newdir = new File(dir);

        Button capture = (Button) findViewById(R.id.btnCapture);
        capture.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View v) {

                // Here, the counter will be incremented each time, and the
                // picture taken by camera will be stored as 1.jpg,2.jpg
                // and likewise.
                String file = dir+count+".jpg";
                File newfile = new File(file);
                try {
                catch (IOException e)

                Uri outputFileUri = Uri.fromFile(newfile);

                Intent cameraIntent = new Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);
                cameraIntent.putExtra(MediaStore.EXTRA_OUTPUT, outputFileUri);

                startActivityForResult(cameraIntent, TAKE_PHOTO_CODE);

    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);

        if (requestCode == TAKE_PHOTO_CODE && resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
            Log.d("CameraDemo", "Pic saved");


Specify the following permissions in your manifest file,

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA"/>

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>

Solution 2

There are two ways to take a photo:

1 – Using an Intent to make a photo

2 – Using the camera API

I think you should use the second way and there is a sample code here for two of them.

Solution 3

You can use Magical Take Photo library.

1. try with compile in gradle

compile 'com.frosquivel:magicaltakephoto:1.0'

2. You need this permission in your manifest.xml

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA"/>

3. instance the class like this

// “this” is the current activity param

MagicalTakePhoto magicalTakePhoto =  new MagicalTakePhoto(this,ANY_INTEGER_0_TO_4000_FOR_QUALITY);

4. if you need to take picture use the method


5. if you need to select picture in device, try with the method:


6. You need to override the method onActivityResult of the activity or fragment like this:

public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
     super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
     magicalTakePhoto.resultPhoto(requestCode, resultCode, data);

     // example to get photo
     // imageView.setImageBitmap(magicalTakePhoto.getMyPhoto());

Note: Only with this Library you can take and select picture in the device, this use a min API 15.

Solution 4

Take and store image in desired folder

 //Global Variables
   private static final int CAMERA_IMAGE_REQUEST = 101;
    private String imageName;

Take picture function

 public void captureImage() {

            // Creating folders for Image
            String imageFolderPath = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().toString()
                    + "/AutoFare";
            File imagesFolder = new File(imageFolderPath);

            // Generating file name
            imageName = new Date().toString() + ".png";

            // Creating image here
            Intent takePictureIntent = new Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);
            takePictureIntent.putExtra(MediaStore.EXTRA_OUTPUT, Uri.fromFile(new File(imageFolderPath, imageName)));


Broadcast new image added otherwise pic will not be visible in image gallery

    public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
                // TODO Auto-generated method stub
                super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);

                if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK && requestCode == CAMERA_IMAGE_REQUEST) {

                    Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "Success",

 //Scan new image added
                    MediaScannerConnection.scanFile(getActivity(), new String[]{new File(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory()
                            + "/AutoFare/" + imageName).getPath()}, new String[]{"image/png"}, null);

 // Work in few phones
                    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.KITKAT) {

                        getActivity().sendBroadcast(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MEDIA_SCANNER_SCAN_FILE, Uri.parse(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory()
                                + "/AutoFare/" + imageName)));

                    } else {
                        getActivity().sendBroadcast(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MEDIA_MOUNTED, Uri.parse(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory()
                                + "/AutoFare/" + imageName)));
                } else {
                    Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "Take Picture Failed or canceled",


    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
    <uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.camera" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

Solution 5

For those who came here looking for a way to take pictures/photos programmatically using both Android’s Camera and Camera2 API, take a look at the open source sample provided by Google itself here.

Solution 6

The following is a simple way to open the camera:

private void startCamera() {

    Intent intent = new Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);
    startActivityForResult(intent, 1);

Solution 7

Intent takePhoto = new Intent("android.media.action.IMAGE_CAPTURE");
startActivityForResult(takePhoto, CAMERA_PIC_REQUEST)

and set

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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