Elad Benda Elad Benda - 1 year ago 1010
Java Question

how to convert `content://media/external/images/media/Y` to `file:///storage/sdcard0/Pictures/X.jpg` in android?

I'm trying to upload image to Google Drive from my android app,

based on this tutorial.

When I debug their sample project I see a typical fileUri =


In my app I want to upload an existing photo.

I retrieve its path like that

private void GetAnyImage()
File dir = new File(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory()
.getAbsolutePath() + "/Pictures/Screenshots");
// --> /storage/sdcard0/Pictures/Screenshots

Log.d("File path ", dir.getPath());
String dirPath=dir.getAbsolutePath();
if(dir.exists() && dir.isDirectory()) {
Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT, null);

and eventually get this typical fileUri =

however when running this line of code

private void saveFileToDrive() {

// progressDialog = ProgressDialog.show(this, "", "Loading...");

Thread t = new Thread(new Runnable() {
public void run() {
try {
// File's binary content
java.io.File fileContent = new java.io.File(fileUri.getPath());
FileContent mediaContent = new FileContent("image/jpeg", fileContent);

// File's metadata.
File body = new File();

File file = service.files().insert(body, mediaContent).execute();

I get an error:

java.io.FileNotFoundException: /external/images/media/74275: open failed: ENOENT (No such file or directory)

how can I solve this?

how to convert

Answer Source

Will something like this work for you? What this does is query the content resolver to find the file path data that is stored for that content entry

public static String getRealPathFromUri(Context context, Uri contentUri) {
    Cursor cursor = null;
    try {
        String[] proj = { MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA };
        cursor = context.getContentResolver().query(contentUri, proj, null, null, null);
        int column_index = cursor.getColumnIndexOrThrow(MediaStore.Images.Media.DATA);
        return cursor.getString(column_index);
    } finally {
        if (cursor != null) {

This will end up giving you an absolute file path that you can construct a file uri from

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