Read TIFF image in Java

You can read TIFF image files in Java with JDeli’s TIFF Decoder.

Key information:

  • 100% Java solution. No dlls or dependencies on native code
  • Compression: CCITT 3,4, Pack bit, LZW, Adobe Deflate, JPEG technote2 and Deflate
  • Colorspace: bilevel, grayscale, rgb, argb, cmyk, acmyk, ycbcr
  • Bits Per Sample: 1 to 32
  • Byte Ordering: Little and Big Endian
  • Other: Single, Multi-file, Tiling, Planar (Chunky, Separated), Predictor, 16/32-bit floating samples

Quick start:

BufferedImage image =;


TiffDecoder decoder = new TiffDecoder();
BufferedImage image =;

See the full Javadoc.

Performance comparisons:

These figures were generated using jmh (as documented on our blog) with a standard set of images (also documented). They should be easy to replicate if you wish to validate.

The higher the number, the better.

Benchmark Mode Cnt Score Error Units
TIFF.Apache thrpt 25 6.601 ± 0.119 ops/s
TIFF.ImageIO thrpt 25 7.976 ± 0.140 ops/s
TIFF.JDeli thrpt 25 11.298 ± 0.363 ops/s

Read Multi Image tiff files

This needs the TiffDecoder class

File file = new File("/path/to/file");
TiffDecoder dec = new TiffDecoder();
int totalImages = dec.getImageCount(file);
for (int i = 0; i <= totalImages; i++) {
   BufferedImage image = , file); // i is the image number
   // Insert BufferedImage handling code here

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