Android Tutorial URI content://media ... to real file

Discussion in 'Tutorials & Examples' started by dagofo, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. dagofo

    dagofo Member Licensed User

    I created an application that manages about audio files, video and other files. I have used several things, including ContentChooser. ContentChooser returns files like "content:// media/external/video/media/1".

    I saw on the forum how access the file, basically copying it to another folder. But, I need original name of file, but not how to recover actual path of selected file and it's name.

    I've seen on the internet, many sites that indicate how to obtain it with the following code.

    public String getRealPathFromURI(Uri contentUri)
    String[] proj = { MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA };
            Cursor cursor = managedQuery(contentUri, proj, null, null, null);
            int column_index  = cursor.getColumnIndexOrThrow(MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA);
            return cursor.getString(column_index);
    Is there any possibility to run this code through reflection or otherwise from B4A?

    Perhaps a good solution would be to integrate a method in ContentChooser that returns the original path, not olny URI path. Is posible en next releases?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  2. dagofo

    dagofo Member Licensed User

    Any suggestions???

    Merry Christmas to all
  3. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    There is no general way to get the path to the actual resource. This solution will only work for the media store.

    Update: Use the code here instead:
    The code here will not work with Android 4.4.

    Here is the solution (requires Reflection library and SQL):
    Sub Process_Globals
    'These global variables will be declared once when the application starts.
       'These variables can be accessed from all modules.
       Dim cc As ContentChooser
    End Sub

    Sub Globals
    End Sub

    Sub Activity_Create(FirstTime As Boolean)
    End Sub
    Sub CC_Result (Success As Boolean, Dir As String, FileName As String)
    Activity.SetBackgroundImage(LoadBitmap("", GetPathFromContentResult(FileName)))
    End Sub

    Sub GetPathFromContentResult(UriString As StringAs String
    If UriString.StartsWith("/"Then Return UriString 'If the user used a file manager to choose the image
       Dim Proj() As String
       Proj = 
    Array As String("_data")
    Dim Cursor As Cursor
    Dim r As Reflector
    Dim Uri As Object
    Uri = r.RunStaticMethod("""parse", _
    Array As Object(UriString), _
    Array As String("java.lang.String"))
       r.Target = r.GetContext
       r.Target = r.RunMethod(
    Cursor = r.RunMethod4("query", _
    Array As Object(Uri, Proj, NullNullNull), _
    Array As String("", _
    "[Ljava.lang.String;""java.lang.String", _
    Cursor.Position = 0
    Dim res As String
       res = 
    Return res
    End Sub
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014
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  4. dagofo

    dagofo Member Licensed User

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

  5. dagofo

    dagofo Member Licensed User

    This code Works like a champ!!!!
  6. rmgb

    rmgb Member Licensed User

    I tried this code as posted. However, in v1.80, I received this error when running the app:

    An error has occurred in sub: main_v6 (java line: 289)
    Object should first be initialized (Cursor).

    Of course, no matter how I answer, the app does not finish.

    Can someone help?
  7. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    What is the value of UriString?
  8. rmgb

    rmgb Member Licensed User

    I discovered what's happening: It works fine the first time with UriString of
    with a successful return of the path (/mnt/sdcard/ etc...)

    However, if I call GetPathFromContentResult again, I get the errors I listed above.

    So basically, it only works the first time that sub is called, but throws errors if it's run again during the life of the activity.
  9. rmgb

    rmgb Member Licensed User

    What I've done now as a test that seems to work:

    I added the Cursor to my Process_Globals, and then I added
    Sub Activity_Pause (UserClosed As Boolean)
    If UserClosed Then
    End If
    End Sub
    It seems to work now. I'm concerned that if the user presses Home, the Cursor will not be closed and the resources will not be freed. If you have a better way of handling the code posted above, please share.

    Thanks in advance! :)
  10. Danie Steyn

    Danie Steyn Member Licensed User

    Hello. I hope this question is not to stupid. I tested the GetPathFromContentResult(UriString AsString) to get the path of the selected file. It works great, but I am looking for a way to split the result into dir and filename for example I get the result /mnt/sdcard/DCIM/Camera/20130715_093101.jpg, this is great if I wanted to load the file to an image view or something but I want to copy it and the file.copy required a directory and filename. So is it possible to somehow split the result to dir = /mnt/sdcard/DCIM/Camera/ and file = 20130715_093101.jpg?
    Thanks in advance
  11. Danie Steyn

    Danie Steyn Member Licensed User

    I found a solution for this. In case someone else finds the tread and has the same question as me I solved it by using foundslash = returntext.lastindexof("/").
    returntext is my string "/mnt/sdcard/DCIM/Camera/20130715_093101.jpg" and foundslash is a integer that i declared. By doing this I get the posistion of the last "/" in the string and from there I can build the folder and filenames with filename = returntext.substring(foundslash + 1) and
    folder = returntext.substring2(0, foundslash)
    A little logic goes a long way.
    I hope this helps someone out there.
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  12. omidaghakhani1368

    omidaghakhani1368 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Hi Erel.
    how i can select audio and get real path on all version android even android 4.4
  13. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

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