Eftekhari Eftekhari - 6 months ago 30
Android Question

ContentResolver doesn't contain just created image in an immediate query after creation of file

I'm using this code to copy an image using


private void newcopyFile(File fileInput, String outputParentPath,
String mimeType, String newFileName) {

DocumentFile documentFileGoal = DocumentFile.fromTreeUri(this, treeUri);

String[] parts = outputParentPath.split("\\/");
for (int i = 3; i < parts.length; i++) {
if (documentFileGoal != null) {
documentFileGoal = documentFileGoal.findFile(parts[i]);
if (documentFileGoal == null) {
Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "Directory not found", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

DocumentFile documentFileNewFile = documentFileGoal.createFile(mimeType, newFileName);

InputStream inputStream = null;
OutputStream outputStream = null;
try {
outputStream = getContentResolver().openOutputStream(documentFileNewFile.getUri());
inputStream = new FileInputStream(fileInput);
} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
try {
if (outputStream != null) {
byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
int read;
if (inputStream != null) {
while ((read = inputStream.read(buffer)) != -1) {
outputStream.write(buffer, 0, read);
if (inputStream != null) {
inputStream = null;
outputStream = null;
} catch (IOException e) {

And this is how I query
after creating image, to immediately refresh my image gallery with the result of query which should contain info of newly created image.

cursorPhotos = MainActivity.this.getContentResolver().query(MediaStore.Images.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI,
MediaStore.Images.Media.DATE_TAKEN + " DESC"

But immediate query couldn't find newly created image.
And if I run query again after a moment, newly created image is there in the result.

It seems providing information for newly created image takes time for
(if ContentResolver is in charge for it) as it would be running in background while I run immediate query.

Is there any method or listener to know when the newly created image is registered by


You could use this or this is how I've implemented a listener(observer) to ContentResolver changes, using ContentObserver to know when is the appropriate time to run query for getting newly created image from ContentResolver.

First create ContentObserver Class:

This class as its name tells us, observes any content changes in our desired Uri.

class MyObserver extends ContentObserver {
    public MyObserver(android.os.Handler handler) {

    public void onChange(boolean selfChange) {
        this.onChange(selfChange, null);

    public void onChange(boolean selfChange, Uri uri) {
        // do s.th.
        // depending on the handler you might be on the UI
        // thread, so be cautious!

        // This my AsyncTask that queries ContentResolver which now
        // is aware of newly created media file.
        // You implement your own query here in whatever way you like
        // This query will contain info for newly created image
        asyncTaskGetPhotosVideos = new AsyncTaskGetPhotosVideos();

and at the end of your copy method you could set ContentObserver to your ContentResolver on specific Uri.


and don't forget to unregister your observer otherwise you will face memory leak. I would prefer to to it at the end of my AsyncTask (onPostExecute).


You could choose to have a ContentObserver on your desired Uri through your entire app lifecycle to get notify if medias got changed, deleted or inserted from outside or within inside your app.

For this approach you could register your observer in the onResume() lifecycle method and unregister it in the onPause() method.