Going from a JPG/GIF/BMP File to a HBITMAP File Using Plain API

This code has probably been superseded by MFC or OWL or whatever classes, which can load any image file. However, you will most probably do it with plain API, and converting a JPG file using Intel's library can be very painful.

Here is a simple function that loads a JPG/GIF/BMP file into memory and returns a HBITMAP. The function uses IPicture, an OLE interface. #include <olectl.h> and <ole2.h> are also needed.

// Function LoadAnImage: accepts a file name and returns a HBITMAP.
// On error, it returns 0.
HBITMAP LoadAnImage(char* FileName)
   // Use IPicture stuff to use JPG / GIF files
   IPicture* p;
   IStream* s;
   IPersistStream* ps;
   void* pp;
   FILE* fp;

   // Read file in memory
   fp = fopen(FileName,"rb");
   if (!fp)
   return NULL;

   int fs = ftell(fp);
   hG = GlobalAlloc(GPTR,fs);
   if (!hG)
      return NULL;
   pp = (void*)hG;

   // Create an IStream so IPicture can 
   // CreateStreamOnHGlobal(hG,false,&s);
   if (!s)
      return NULL;


   if (!p)
      return NULL;

   HBITMAP hB = 0;
   p->get_Handle((unsigned int*)&hB);

   // Copy the image. Necessary, because upon p's release,
   // the handle is destroyed.

   return hBB;


  • How to use

    Posted by CNemo on 04/24/2009 04:04pm

    I got it to work via: #1 remove comment characters CreateStreamOnHGlobal(hG,false,&s); //this line should be executed. #2. m_Ctl_BitMap_Pic.SetBitmap(LoadAnImage("c:\\myjpeg.jpg")); // place pic control on dialog and set to bitmap. ...basically there is an error in the article the line in #1 above is commented out and it SHOULD NOT BE.

  • How to use

    Posted by e e;:g:7i# on 03/14/2009 12:48pm

    I still do not understand can talk about how to give me call this? What are the parameters?

  • useless

    Posted by carl666 on 01/02/2009 07:27am

    See the KB for OleLoadPicture, a lot better of course

  • Can not use

    Posted by crazycn110 on 09/29/2007 01:34pm

    warning C4101: 'ps' : unreferenced local variable warning C4700: local variable 's' used without having been initialized Linking...

  • Thanks

    Posted by hiren241183 on 09/19/2007 03:34am

    hi , thank you very much.this artical is very helpful to me.

  • Application crashes + 1 more question

    Posted by Ali Imran on 01/12/2007 08:39pm

    This is really great resource, thanks alot. 1. My application crashes when I use this function, even if the jpeg exists and has proper jpeg format and extenstion. 2. Michael, may I use your function in RAD C++ GUI Library ? regards

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    Posted by janardhanpalla on 07/14/2006 05:20am


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  • Passing a CString Variable

    Posted by dacky on 12/15/2005 03:41am

    How can i pass a CString Variable to this function if it accepts char *(pointer to a character)? What if i will use a CFileDialog's .GetPathName Function? this will return a CString variable

  • How to save back In the file ( .jpeg ,.bmp format)

    Posted by anantwakode on 09/28/2005 12:28am

    Hi Thanks!! I need to save BITMAP in to file in .jpeg format. Can you post some sample code/way/article to achieve this.. Anant

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