How to draw Canvas on ImageView and save Canvas as Bitmap and store in sdcard in Android

In some of the application we draw image, text and line on Canvas object in Android. Canvas is the basic component in android for drawing objects on it.

#1 Create Canvas and display it in ImageView.
Now we create a Canvas and display its content in ImageView.

  public class MyCanvas extends View {
    public MyCanvas(Context context) {
      // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub

    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
      // TODO Auto-generated method stub
      Paint pBackground = new Paint();
      canvas.drawRect(0, 0, 512, 512, pBackground);
      Paint pText = new Paint();
      canvas.drawText("Sample Text", 100, 100, pText);

Now set this canvas to your ImageView using following code.

  View v = new MyCanvas(getApplicationContext());
  Bitmap bitmap = Bitmap.createBitmap(500/*width*/, 500/*height*/, Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888);
  Canvas canvas = new Canvas(bitmap);
  ImageView iv = (ImageView) findViewById(;

You can see “Sample Text” in ImageView.

#2 Save canvas bitmap to sdcard.
We will save this bitmap to sdcard so all your drawing on canvas will be stored as image.

Bitmap b = null;

//create directory if not exist
File dir = new File("/sdcard/tempfolder/");
if (!dir.exists()) {

File output = new File(dir, "tempfile.jpg");
OutputStream os = null;

try {
  os = new FileOutputStream(output);
  b.compress(Bitmap.CompressFormat.JPEG, 100, os);

  //this code will scan the image so that it will appear in your gallery when you open next time
  MediaScannerConnection.scanFile(this,	new String[] { output.toString() }, null,
    new MediaScannerConnection.OnScanCompletedListener() {
      public void onScanCompleted(String path, Uri uri) {
        Log.d("appname", "image is saved in gallery and gallery is refreshed.");
} catch (Exception e) {

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