Using OpenCV inside a C# WPF application

In this example I will create a C++ dll that with contain the OpenCV image processing code. I then will create a C# WPF application, within this application i will then include the dll and using the image processing function.

  1. Install OpenCV
  2. Create a C++ Win32 console Application, in this example it will be called ImageProcessingAgain
  3. Click Next. Select Application type dll. Then click finish.
  4. Click Property Manager, right click on debug, then select ‘Add Existing Property Sheet’. If you dont have a property sheet follow the following tutorial for creating The Local Method
  5. Add the following code to the cpp

    // ImageProcessAgain.cpp : Defines the exported functions for the DLL application.
    #include "stdafx.h"
    #include "opencv\cv.h"
    #include "opencv\highgui.h"
    extern "C"
    	__declspec(dllexport) int exampleImageProcessing(LPCWSTR);
    extern int __cdecl exampleImageProcessing(LPCWSTR filename)
    	IplImage* img = cvLoadImage((char*)filename);
    	return img->width;
  6. build the dll project
  7. Create a C# WPF project called UsingOpencvAgain
  8. copy the dll and then include the dll within the C# project
  9. Select the dll in the solution explorer, set the ‘copy to output directory’ property to ‘copy if newer’
  10. Create two textboxes and a button
  11. Add the following C# code to the application

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Text;
    using System.Windows;
    using System.Windows.Controls;
    using System.Windows.Data;
    using System.Windows.Documents;
    using System.Windows.Input;
    using System.Windows.Media;
    using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
    using System.Windows.Navigation;
    using System.Windows.Shapes;
    using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
    namespace UsingOpencvAgain
        /// Interaction logic for MainWindow.xaml
        public partial class MainWindow : Window
            public MainWindow()
            [DllImport("ImageProcessAgain.dll", CallingConvention = CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
            public static extern int exampleImageProcessing(string filename);
            private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
                textBox2.Text = exampleImageProcessing(textBox1.Text).ToString();

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