James Smith


SmartImageView is a drop-in replacement for Android’s standard ImageView which additionally allows images to be loaded from URLs or the user’s contact address book. Images are cached to memory and to disk for super fast loading.

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Installation & Basic Usage

Download the latest .jar file from github and place it in your Android app’s libs/ folder.

Add a SmartImageView to your activity’s xml layout:

    android:id="@+id/my_image" />

Get a reference to the layout’s SmartImageView:

SmartImageView myImage = (SmartImageView) this.findViewById(R.id.my_image);

Load an image into the view from a URL:


Load an image into the view from the phone’s contact address book:


Reporting Bugs or Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests on the github issues page for this project here:



The Android Smart Image View is released under the Android-friendly Apache License, Version 2.0. Read the full license here:


About the Author

James Smith, British entrepreneur and developer based in San Francisco.

I'm the co-founder of Bugsnag with Simon Maynard, and from 2009 to 2012 I led up the product team as CTO of Heyzap.