NoNonsense FilePicker

Source on GitHub

  • Extendable for other sources
  • Can select multiple items
  • Directories or files
  • Create directory in the picker

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Yet another file picker library?

I needed a file picker that had two primary properties:

  1. Easy to extend: I needed a file picker that would work for normal files on the SD-card, and also for using the Dropbox Sync API.
  2. Able to create a directory in the picker.

This project has both of those qualities. As a bonus, it also scales nicely to work on any phone or tablet. The core is placed in abstract classes so it is easy and clear how to extend the picker to create your own.

The library includes an implementation that allows the user to pick files from the SD-card. But the picker could easily be extended to get it’s file listings from another source, such as Dropbox, FTP, SSH and so on.

By inheriting from an Activity, the picker is able to be rendered as full screen on small screens and as a dialog on large screens. It does this through the theme system, so it is very important for the activity to use the correct theme.

How to include in your project

repositories {

dependencies {
    compile 'com.nononsenseapps:filepicker:+'

Have a look at the sample app for detailed usage, short instructions for the included file picker:

Include permission in your manifest

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

Include the file picker picker activity

You must set the theme on the activity. You can subclass it to customize but it is required. The intent filter is optional depending on your use case.

    <action android:name="android.intent.action.GET_CONTENT" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

Starting the picker in your app

// This always works
Intent i = new Intent(NoNonsenseFilePicker.this,
// This works if you defined the intent filter
// Intent i = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT);
// Set these depending on your use case. These are the defaults.
i.putExtra(FilePickerActivity.EXTRA_ALLOW_MULTIPLE, false);
i.putExtra(FilePickerActivity.EXTRA_ONLY_DIRS, false);
startActivityForResult(i, FILE_CODE);

Handling the result

If you have a minimum requirement of Jelly Bean (API 16) and above, you can skip the second method.

protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
  if (requestCode == FILE_CODE && resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK) {
    if (data.getBooleanExtra(FilePickerActivity.EXTRA_ALLOW_MULTIPLE, false)) {
      // For JellyBean and above
        ClipData clip = data.getClipData();
        if (clip != null) {
          for (int i = 0; i < clip.getItemCount(); i++) {
            Uri uri = clip.getItemAt(i).getUri();
            // Do something with the URI
        // For Ice Cream Sandwich
      } else {
        ArrayList<String> paths = data.getStringArrayListExtra
        if (paths != null) {
          for (String path: paths) {
            Uri uri = Uri.parse(path);
            // Do something with the URI
    } else {
      Uri uri = data.getData();
      // Do something with the URI

Not using Gradle yet?

Time to start! To convert your current Eclipse project, have a look at my brief explanation: