yuku yuku - 1 year ago 199
Android Question

How to use support FileProvider for sharing content to other apps?

I'm looking for a way to correctly share (not OPEN) an internal file with external application using Android Support library's FileProvider.

Following the example on the docs,

android:resource="@xml/my_paths" />

and using ShareCompat to share a file to other apps as follows:

.setStream(uri) // uri from FileProvider

does not work, since the FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION only grants permission for the Uri specified on the
of the intent, not the value of the
extra (as was set by

I tried to compromise security by setting
for the provider, but
internally checks if itself is exported, when so, it throws an exception.

Answer Source

Using FileProvider from support library you have to manually grant and revoke permissions(at runtime) for other apps to read specific Uri. Use Context.grantUriPermission and Context.revokeUriPermission methods.

For example:

//grant permision for app with package "packegeName", eg. before starting other app via intent
context.grantUriPermission(packageName, uri, Intent.FLAG_GRANT_WRITE_URI_PERMISSION | Intent.FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION);

//revoke permisions

As a last resort, if you can't provide package name you can grant the permission to all apps that can handle specific intent:

//grant permisions for all apps that can handle given intent
Intent intent = new Intent();
List<ResolveInfo> resInfoList = context.getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(intent, PackageManager.MATCH_DEFAULT_ONLY);
for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resInfoList) {
    String packageName = resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName;
    context.grantUriPermission(packageName, uri, Intent.FLAG_GRANT_WRITE_URI_PERMISSION | Intent.FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION);

Alternative method according to the documentation:

  • Put the content URI in an Intent by calling setData().
  • Next, call the method Intent.setFlags() with either FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION or FLAG_GRANT_WRITE_URI_PERMISSION or both.
  • Finally, send the Intent to another app. Most often, you do this by calling setResult().

    Permissions granted in an Intent remain in effect while the stack of the receiving Activity is active. When the stack finishes, the
    permissions are automatically removed. Permissions granted to one
    Activity in a client app are automatically extended to other
    components of that app.

Btw. if you need to, you can copy source of FileProvider and change attachInfo method to prevent provider from checking if it is exported.

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