Learn how to create and customize image-rich Android apps with Glide. Boost your productivity and save yourself valuable time by learning all the required optimizations for an amazing user experience.

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About the Glide Book

Due to the popularity of the Glide blog post series published on the Future Studio blog, and the positive feedback on our Picasso and Retrofit books, we’ve decided to publish a book on Glide. If your Android app uses images, this book will save you a ton of time researching and avoid stressful evenings of bug fixes. If you value your time, this might be something for you.

We cover all topics from the blog post series and additionally add more explanations to each topic and the example code snippets. Besides a more coherent introduction to Glide, you’ll also benefit from more new, book-exclusive advanced topics.

This book is for beginners and advanced readers as well. We’ll walk you through each topic with direct reference to code examples. Once you’ve worked through this book, you’ll have an extensive knowledge of image loading on Android with Glide.

What Topics are Covered in this Book?

The list below provides a comprehensive overview of covered topicS within the book.

  • Introduction to Glide
  • Loading Images, Gifs & Local Videos
  • Image Display & Placeholders
  • Image Resizing & Thumbnails
  • Caching & Request Priorities
  • Callbacks With Glide Targets
  • Exceptions and Debugging
  • Glide Transformations
  • Glide Animations
  • Customizing Glide with Glide Modules
  • App Release Preparations

Who Is This Book For?

This book is for Android developers who want to get an substantial overview and reference book of Glide. You’ll benefit from the clearly recognizable code examples in regard to your daily work with Glide.


If you’re just starting out with Glide (or coming from any other image loading library like Picasso) this book will show you all important parts on how to work with images. The provided code snippets let you jumpstart and create an image-rich app within minutes.


You already worked with Glide before? You’ll profit from our extensive code snippets and can improve your existing code base. Additionally, the book illustrates various optimizations for an even better user experience.