Ionic 3 Add Image/ Photo Viewer in Ionic Native 3.x Application

In Photo galleries, we have multiple images to show at once, for looking into more details of a single image we need a view in which a user can select a single image and able to zoom, pan or share.

Now we do that in Ionic 3 application as well in a few simple steps. In this tutorial, we will create a simple Ionic 3 application using Ionic 3’s native plugin Photo-Viewer

Let’s start…

Also Read: Ionic 4| Crop Images using Ionic 4 native plugin with Image Picker

Also Read: Ionic 3 – Implement Image Viewer for Photos in the Assets folder

Create a new application from Ionic CLI

As Ionic CLI is updated for Ionic 4 please read this article before going through this

To create an application you must have NodeJS and Ionic Cordova CLI

$ npm install -g ionic cordova

Run the following command to create a new application

$ ionic start Ionic3PhotoImageViewerDemo blank  --type=ionic-angular

Note: We need to append type=ionic-angular for Ionic 3 versions as the current stable version is Ionic 4 which is created by default

Install Photo Viewer Plugin

Now go to the root of the application by running the following

$ cd Ionic3PhotoImageViewerDemo

Install plugins in CLI using below commands one by one

$ ionic cordova plugin add com-sarriaroman-photoviewer
$ npm install --save @ionic-native/photo-viewer


Import plugin in Ionic App’s module app.module.ts

After import and adding in provider app.module.ts file will look like this

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { ErrorHandler, NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { IonicApp, IonicErrorHandler, IonicModule } from 'ionic-angular';
import { SplashScreen } from '@ionic-native/splash-screen';
import { StatusBar } from '@ionic-native/status-bar';

import { PhotoViewer } from '@ionic-native/photo-viewer';

import { MyApp } from './app.component';
import { HomePage } from '../pages/home/home';

  declarations: [
  imports: [
  bootstrap: [IonicApp],
  entryComponents: [
  providers: [
    {provide: ErrorHandler, useClass: IonicErrorHandler}
export class AppModule {}


Add methods in home.ts to view photo

In home.ts file add following three methods

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { NavController } from 'ionic-angular';
import { PhotoViewer } from '@ionic-native/photo-viewer';

  selector: 'page-home',
  templateUrl: 'home.html'
export class HomePage {

  constructor(public navCtrl: NavController,private photoViewer: PhotoViewer) {


  //View only photo 

  //View only photo with title
  viewPhotoWithTitle(){'', 'My image title', {share: false});

  //View photo with sharing option
  viewPhotoWithShare(){'', 'Do you want to Share', {share: true});

In viewPhoto method, we are only viewing photo, in viewPhotoWithShare there is option string with share option set to true

This plugin also more option like

  • share: Option is used to hide and show the share option.
  • closeBtn: Option for close button visibility when share false [ONLY FOR iOS]
  • copyToReference: If you need to copy image to reference before show then set it true [ONLY FOR iOS]

Implementation of options is simple you can check here

Add buttons in home.html

Let’s add buttons in home.html to call methods defined in home.ts

      Photo Viewer Demo

<ion-content padding>
    Freaking with a Demo
    <button ion-button (click)="viewPhoto()">View Photo</button>
    <button ion-button (click)="viewPhotoWithTitle()">View Photo with Title</button>
    <button ion-button (click)="viewPhotoWithShare()">View Photo with Sharing</button>

To see the app working you need to build and run on a real device.

Ionic 3 Photo Image Viewer With Zoom and Share Sample Example Application


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Jaydeep Rathod

how to open when we have multiple images in grid view and if click on any image to view?

Rhythm Khanna

Thanks for the help.