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Images Plugin Setup

Currently, the Images plugin only supports Fresco for Android as backend.

If you'd like to see support for other image loading libraries, please post your request in the Flipper Support Workplace group.

Fresco and Android​

The Fresco Images plugin is shipped as a separate Maven artifact:

dependencies {
debugImplementation 'com.facebook.flipper:flipper-fresco-plugin:0.30.1'

After including the plugin in your dependencies, you can add it to the client:

import com.facebook.flipper.plugins.fresco.FrescoFlipperPlugin;

client.addPlugin(new FrescoFlipperPlugin());

The FrescoFlipperPlugin constructor offers a range of configuration options that can be useful if you have an advanced setup of Fresco in your application:

DebugImageTracker imageTracker,
PlatformBitmapFactory bitmapFactory,
@Nullable FlipperObjectHelper flipperObjectHelper,
DebugMemoryManager memoryManager,
FlipperPerfLogger perfLogger,
@Nullable FrescoFlipperDebugPrefHelper debugPrefHelper,
@Nullable CloseableReferenceLeakTracker closeableReferenceLeakTracker) { ... }

Leak Tracking​

The Flipper plugin can help you track down CloseableReferences that have not had close() called on them. However, this can have a negative impact on the performance of your application.

To enable this functionality, you need to create a CloseableReferenceLeakTracker and set it in both your ImagePipelineConfig for Fresco and the FrescoPluginPlugin on creation:

import com.facebook.imagepipeline.debug.FlipperCloseableReferenceLeakTracker;

// ...

FlipperCloseableReferenceLeakTracker leakTracker = new FlipperCloseableReferenceLeakTracker();

new ImagePipelineConfig.Builder()
// ...

client.addPlugin(new FrescoFlipperPlugin(
new FlipperImageTracker(),
new NoOpDebugMemoryManager(),
new NoOpFlipperPerfLogger(),


In order to annotate images with the context they are used in, you have to set a caller context when loading the image. This can be any object; for the simplest case, a String will suffice, as shown below:

String callerContext = "my_feature";

// For DraweeViews:
draweeView.setImageURI(uri, callerContext);

// For prefetching:
ImagePipeline imagePipeline = Fresco.getImagePipeline();
imagePipeline.prefetchToDiskCache(imageRequest, callerContext);

// For manually fetching an image:
dataSource = imagePipeline.fetchDecodedImage(imageRequest, callerContext);

If a caller context is supplied, the image will be properly attributed in the Flipper image plugin.