Image direction after iOS UIImagePickerController upload

I'm testing my iPhone app on iOS 3.1.3 iPhone. I am using UIImagePickerController to select / capture images:

UIImagePickerController *imagePicker = [[UIImagePickerController alloc] init];
[imagePicker setSourceType:UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypeCamera];
[imagePicker setDelegate:self];
[self.navigationController presentModalViewController:imagePicker animated:YES];
[imagePicker release];

- (void)imagePickerController:(UIImagePickerController *)picker didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo:(NSDictionary *)info {
    self.image = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerOriginalImage];
    imageView.image = self.image;
    [self.navigationController dismissModalViewControllerAnimated:YES];
    submitButton.enabled = YES;

I then use the ASI class to send it to my Web server:

ASIFormDataRequest *request = [ASIFormDataRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@""]];
[request setDelegate:self];
[request setStringEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
[request setShouldContinueWhenAppEntersBackground:YES];
//other post keys/values
[request setFile:UIImageJPEGRepresentation(self.image, 100.0f) withFileName:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%d.jpg", [[NSDate date] timeIntervalSinceNow]] andContentType:@"image/jpg" forKey:@"imageFile"];
[request startAsynchronous];

Question: when I take photos horizontally with my iphone, the images are uploaded to the server and look like you expect. When holding the portrait camera, the image will be rotated 90 degrees to upload and view.

My app is set to work only in portrait mode (up and down and general).

How to make the image always show the right direction after uploading?

The image appears to be correct, as shown in UIImageView (directly after taking a photo), but vice versa on the server.

#1 building

I came up with a much simpler way:

- (UIImage *)normalizedImage {
    if (self.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientationUp) return self; 

    UIGraphicsBeginImageContextWithOptions(self.size, NO, self.scale);
    [self drawInRect:(CGRect){0, 0, self.size}];
    UIImage *normalizedImage = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext();
    return normalizedImage;

By the way: @ Anomie's code doesn't consider scale, so it doesn't work with 2x images.

#2 building

This is the way I found out to solve the problem of orientation

UIImage *initialImage = [info objectForKey:@"UIImagePickerControllerOriginalImage"];
NSData *data = UIImagePNGRepresentation(self.initialImage);

UIImage *tempImage = [UIImage imageWithData:data];
UIImage *fixedOrientationImage = [UIImage imageWithCGImage:tempImage.CGImage
initialImage = fixedOrientationImage;


UIImage *initialImage = [info objectForKey:@"UIImagePickerControllerOriginalImage"];
NSData *data = UIImagePNGRepresentation(self.initialImage);

initialImage = [UIImage imageWithCGImage:[UIImage imageWithData:data].CGImage

#3 building

I used this page when designing an application for taking photos and found that the following methods correct the direction and use less memory and processor than the previous answers:

CGImageRef cgRef = image.CGImage;
image = [[UIImage alloc] initWithCGImage:cgRef scale:1.0 orientation:UIImageOrientationUp];

Basically, this is just repackaging the actual image data into a new direction. I use @ an0 code, but it will generate a new image in memory, which may increase the burden of 3264x2448 images you may get from the camera.

#4 building

If you enable editing, the edited image (relative to the original image) is placed in the desired direction:

UIImagePickerController *imagePickerController = [[UIImagePickerController alloc] init];
imagePickerController.allowsEditing = YES;
// set delegate and present controller

- (void)imagePickerController:(UIImagePickerController *)picker didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo:(NSDictionary *)info {
    UIImage *photo = [info valueForKey:UIImagePickerControllerEditedImage];
    // do whatever

After editing, the user can adjust the image size and move the image before clicking "using photos".

#5 building


Update SWIFT 3.0: D

func sFunc_imageFixOrientation(img:UIImage) -> UIImage {

    // No-op if the orientation is already correct
    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.up) {
        return img;
    // We need to calculate the proper transformation to make the image upright.
    // We do it in 2 steps: Rotate if Left/Right/Down, and then flip if Mirrored.
    var transform:CGAffineTransform = CGAffineTransform.identity

    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.down
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.downMirrored) {

        transform = transform.translatedBy(x: img.size.width, y: img.size.height)
        transform = transform.rotated(by: CGFloat(M_PI))

    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.left
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.leftMirrored) {

        transform = transform.translatedBy(x: img.size.width, y: 0)
        transform = transform.rotated(by: CGFloat(M_PI_2))

    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.right
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.rightMirrored) {

        transform = transform.translatedBy(x: 0, y: img.size.height);
        transform = transform.rotated(by: CGFloat(-M_PI_2));

    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.upMirrored
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.downMirrored) {

        transform = transform.translatedBy(x: img.size.width, y: 0)
        transform = transform.scaledBy(x: -1, y: 1)

    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.leftMirrored
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.rightMirrored) {

        transform = transform.translatedBy(x: img.size.height, y: 0);
        transform = transform.scaledBy(x: -1, y: 1);

    // Now we draw the underlying CGImage into a new context, applying the transform
    // calculated above.
    let ctx:CGContext = CGContext(data: nil, width: Int(img.size.width), height: Int(img.size.height),
                                  bitsPerComponent: img.cgImage!.bitsPerComponent, bytesPerRow: 0,
                                  space: img.cgImage!.colorSpace!,
                                  bitmapInfo: img.cgImage!.bitmapInfo.rawValue)!


    if (img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.left
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.leftMirrored
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.right
        || img.imageOrientation == UIImageOrientation.rightMirrored
        ) {

        ctx.draw(img.cgImage!, in: CGRect(x:0,y:0,width:img.size.height,height:img.size.width))

    } else {
        ctx.draw(img.cgImage!, in: CGRect(x:0,y:0,width:img.size.width,height:img.size.height))

    // And now we just create a new UIImage from the drawing context
    let cgimg:CGImage = ctx.makeImage()!
    let imgEnd:UIImage = UIImage(cgImage: cgimg)

    return imgEnd

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Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 21:08:04 -0700 by Talon