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PictureBox.Image Property

Gets or sets the image that is displayed by PictureBox.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public Image Image { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Image
The Image to display.

The Image property is set to the Image to display. You can do this either at design time or at run time.


If you want to use the same image in multiple PictureBox controls, create a clone of the image for each PictureBox. Accessing the same image from multiple controls causes an exception to occur.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a bitmap at runtime and display it in a PictureBox by setting the Image property. To run this example, paste it into a Windows Form and call CreateBitmapAtRuntime from the form's constructor.

PictureBox pictureBox1 = new PictureBox();
public void CreateBitmapAtRuntime()
    pictureBox1.Size = new Size(210, 110);

    Bitmap flag = new Bitmap(200, 100);
    Graphics flagGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(flag);
    int red = 0;
    int white = 11;
    while (white <= 100) {
        flagGraphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.Red, 0, red, 200,10);
        flagGraphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.White, 0, white, 200, 10);
        red += 20;
        white += 20;
    pictureBox1.Image = flag;


Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0