I want to edit photos and other images on my phone. Some features should be:

  • Cropping
  • Rotating
  • Resizing/compression

Face-recognition for semi-autocrop is nice, but doesn't have to be. More features aren't needed, I'd obviously do more complicated editing on a computer.

Basically, I'm looking for an open source alternative to the non-open Photo Editor.

Edit: Before you answer, please check whether the program you're talking about is actually Open Source, and state the license or link to the source code.

  • which mobile phone you are using ? btw Samsung devices provides these basic tasks in their own editing app(note: am using Samsung device don't know about other manufacturers) Mar 7, 2015 at 10:10
  • @unique_id, a Samsung SIII. I wouldn't know any Samsung apps that allow you to do that, at least not on my device. And also, are they open source?
    – Turion
    Mar 7, 2015 at 12:36
  • Open-Source might be the show-stopper here. Taking a look at my list of photo editing apps, none of them seems to be available at F-Droid (which would be a true indicator for open-source). You still might wish to check the list to see what comes close.
    – Izzy
    Mar 7, 2015 at 14:23

3 Answers 3


Phimp.me has the cropping/rotating features you mention, in addition to a wide range of other features. I haven't found a resize feature yet, though I haven't looked hard. There is apparently a feature to resize/compress whole albums.

The license is GNU-GPLv3 and the project is very active (35 commits in the last two weeks).



Phimp.me crop rotate screenshot


Can't do photo resizing but the Gallery app from LineageOS, based on AOSP, does have cropping, rotation, and filters. I don't know if this source code is up to date, though, but it does look and work quite well.



  • What is its license?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:34

Try out these applications to crop, rotate and compress the size of the photo. These are open source lightweight image editing application on Android devices.

REC Photo Editor by REC Labs

Android Image Edit

  • REC photo editor seems to actually work. The other one doesn't have a binary. Both aren't being developed anymore since 3 years.
    – Turion
    Mar 10, 2015 at 18:07
  • What is the license of each? Thanks!
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:34

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