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Load and display PNG files in MFC.

Sorry, it should have been PNGView.jpg


This is a very simple approach to display PNG files in MFC. Two common libraries provide the needed functionality: zlib and libpng. These libraries are included in the source file.


I had been searching the net for a really simple PNG example for a whole while. But all I found were C files that contained more preprocessor directives than keywords. I don't like preprocessor directives so I've written this example. It uses only one class to do the whole stuff.

Using the code

At first:

You might have to upgrade your include-folder settings, because libpng wants to know where your zlib.h is located. After you have unzipped the downloaded archive, you can find this file in the ...\zlib\code\ folder.

The FileOpen handler:

This chunk of code works off both reading and showing the PNG file:

// create temporary object
PngImage png;

// import png file
if ( png.load(dlg.GetPathName()) )
    // get size
    int width  = png.getWidth();
    int height = png.getHeight();

    // get blue, green, red and alpha values
    unsigned char* data = png.getBGRA();

    // free memory first
    if (m_bitmap) delete m_bitmap;
    if (m_visible) delete m_visible;

    // create a CBitmap to display
    m_bitmap = doCreateCompatibleBitmap(width, height, data, this);

    // used to speed up OnPaint()
    m_visible = doZoomBitmap(m_bitmap, this);

    // request graphical update


Version 1.3


  • Reading 1, 2 and 4 bit monochrome images.
  • Reading 1, 2 and 4 bit monochrome images with transparency.
  • Reading images that use a palette.

Version 1.2


  • Displaying the CBitmap object got faster.

Version 1.1

Not submitted

Version 1.0


  • Reading 8-bit RGB images.
  • Reading 8-bit RGB images with transparency.
  • Reading 8-bit monochrome images.
  • Reading 8-bit monochrome images with transparency.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralWhy not use CPngImage in mfc? it's convinience and efficient Pinmemberecjtuxsyuan13-Nov-10 7:27 
GeneralRe: Why not use CPngImage in mfc? it's convinience and efficient PinmemberNorbert Bons1-Sep-14 5:14 
QuestionHow to display a transparent PNG? PinmemberNvng YA25-Apr-08 7:57 
AnswerRe: How to display a transparent PNG? Pinmemberbenjamin2311-May-09 2:53 
General16bits (hicolor support) + license question Pinmembertcm199825-Sep-06 6:32 
GeneralRe: 16bits (hicolor support) + license question PinmemberAchim Klein3-Oct-06 3:14 
Questionincorrect source Pinmemberjalal_haddad1-May-06 9:33 
AnswerRe: incorrect source PinmemberAchim Klein2-Jun-06 4:14 
AnswerRe: incorrect source Pinmemberheshule22-Mar-07 23:36 
GeneralCrashes under Win32 PinmemberAchim Klein10-Sep-05 4:27 
NewsUpdate PinmemberAchim Klein27-Aug-05 8:38 
GeneralSaving to PNG format PinmemberJinxter8-Aug-05 4:09 
GeneralRe: Saving to PNG format PinmemberAchim Klein9-Aug-05 4:08 
GeneralSize of Code PinmemberReorX4-Aug-05 0:44 
GeneralRe: Size of Code PinmemberKippesoep4-Aug-05 5:34 
Questionalpha chanel support? PinmemberAYA2WORK3-Aug-05 23:52 
AnswerRe: alpha chanel support? PinmemberAchim Klein4-Aug-05 15:10 

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