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Unable to load images with imread in Visual Studio 2019

asked 2019-04-20 14:36:57 -0600

funkfuzz gravatar image

Hi guys,

I am trying to do the OpenCV tutorial " Load and Display an Image " however, when I run the code my image doesn't load and I get the "Could not open or find the image" - message. I have tried changing the path directory with the complete path to the image, but it doesn't help.

I am using OpenCV 4.1.0 and Visual Studio 2019. Any ideas what might be going wrong?

#include <opencv2/core.hpp>
#include <opencv2/imgcodecs.hpp>
#include <opencv2/highgui.hpp>

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

using namespace cv;

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char** argv)
    String imageName("Image002"); // by default
    if (argc > 1)
        imageName = argv[1];

    Mat image;

    image = imread(imageName, IMREAD_COLOR); // Read the file

    if (image.empty())                      // Check for invalid input
        cout << "Could not open or find the image" << std::endl;
        return -1;

    namedWindow("Display window", WINDOW_AUTOSIZE); // Create a window for display.

    imshow("Display window", image);                // Show our image inside it.

    waitKey(0); // Wait for a keystroke in the window
    return 0;
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Likely a path and/or extension issue. Try using an absolute path and check to see if the image file has an extension like .jpg, .png, etc. something like "c:/temp/image002.jpg"

Chris gravatar imageChris ( 2019-04-20 15:30:53 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-04-21 01:47:57 -0600

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updated 2019-04-21 01:48:25 -0600

Please add file extension and also image file should be passed as argument else it should be in output directory in your case.

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