BitmapDecoder.Create Method (Stream, BitmapCreateOptions, BitmapCacheOption)

Creates a BitmapDecoder from a Stream by using the specified BitmapCreateOptions and BitmapCacheOption.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media.Imaging
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public static BitmapDecoder Create(
	Stream bitmapStream,
	BitmapCreateOptions createOptions,
	BitmapCacheOption cacheOption


Type: System.IO.Stream
The file stream that identifies the bitmap to decode.
Type: System.Windows.Media.Imaging.BitmapCreateOptions
Identifies the BitmapCreateOptions for this decoder.
Type: System.Windows.Media.Imaging.BitmapCacheOption
Identifies the BitmapCacheOption for this decoder.

Use the OnLoad cache option if you wish to close the bitmapStream after the decoder is created. The default OnDemand cache option retains access to the stream until the bitmap is needed, and cleanup is handled by the garbage collector.

The following example demonstrates how to use the Create method to create a decoder for a given image. The first BitmapFrame of the image is used as the source of an Image control.

Stream imageStream = new FileStream("sampleImages/waterlilies.jpg",
   FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.Read);

BitmapDecoder streamBitmap = BitmapDecoder.Create(
   imageStream, BitmapCreateOptions.None,

// Create an image element;
Image streamImage = new Image();
streamImage.Width = 200;
// Set image source using the first frame.
streamImage.Source = streamBitmap.Frames[0];

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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