Flutter exception: invalid image data

Flutter Exception: Invalid Image Data

This exception occurs in Flutter when you try to load or decode an invalid or corrupted image data. The error message is generally thrown from the Flutter framework’s image decoding libraries like dart:ui or package:flutter_image.

There are a few possible causes for this exception:

  1. Incorrect image format: Make sure that the image you are trying to load is in a supported format like JPEG or PNG. Flutter supports various image formats, but if you are using an uncommon format or a file with incorrect extension, the decoding process may fail.


      'images/my_image.webp', // Incorrect file extension

    In the above example, `my_image.webp` has an incorrect file extension, and Flutter may throw an “Invalid Image Data” exception.

  2. Corrupted image file: If the image file itself is corrupted or damaged, the decoding process will fail. It is important to ensure that the file is not corrupted by checking other image viewers or opening it in an image editor. If the file is indeed corrupted, you should replace it with a valid image file.
  3. Incomplete image data: In some cases, the image data may not be fully fetched or received, resulting in incomplete or broken data. This can happen in scenarios like network requests or file reading. Make sure that the image data is fetched completely before passing it to Flutter’s image loading functions.


    import 'dart:io';
    final File imageFile = File('path/to/image.jpg');
    if (imageFile.existsSync()) {
      final List imageData = imageFile.readAsBytesSync();
      // Ensure that the image data is properly fetched before decoding
      if (imageData.isNotEmpty) {

    In the above example, it is important to check if the data read from the image file is not empty before using it to create a Flutter Image widget. If the data is empty, the decoding process will fail and may throw an “Invalid Image Data” exception.

By reviewing the possible causes mentioned above and checking your code and image files accordingly, you should be able to troubleshoot and resolve the “Invalid Image Data” exception in your Flutter application.

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