e-nature e-nature - 3 months ago 14
Android Question

Using Dropbox API to upload a file with Android

How can I upload a File (graphic, audio and video file) with Android using the Dropbox API to Dropbox? I followed the tutorial on the Dropbox SDK Android page and could get the sample to work. But now instead of a String I want to upload an actual File object and am struggling.

The sample code works without any problems and looks like this:

String fileContents = "Hello World!";
ByteArrayInputStream inputStream = new ByteArrayInputStream(fileContents.getBytes());
try {
Entry newEntry = mDBApi.putFile("/testing_123456.txt", inputStream, fileContents.length(), null, null);
} catch (DropboxUnlinkedException e) {
Log.e("DbExampleLog", "User has unlinked.");
} catch (DropboxException e) {
Log.e("DbExampleLog", "Something went wrong while uploading.");
}


But when I try to change it and upload an actual file with this code:

File tmpFile = new File(fullPath, "IMG_2012-03-12_10-22-09_thumb.jpg");

// convert File to byte[]
ByteArrayOutputStream bos = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
ObjectOutputStream oos = new ObjectOutputStream(bos);
oos.writeObject(tmpFile);
bos.close();
oos.close();
byte[] bytes = bos.toByteArray();

ByteArrayInputStream inputStream = new ByteArrayInputStream(bytes);
try {
Entry newEntry = mDBApi.putFile("/IMG_2012-03-12_10-22-09_thumb.jpg", inputStream, tmpFile.length(), null, null);
} catch (DropboxUnlinkedException e) {
Log.e("DbExampleLog", "User has unlinked.");
} catch (DropboxException e) {
Log.e("DbExampleLog", "Something went wrong while uploading.");
}


I have no success getting a DropboxException error. I think something where I try to convert the File object to the byte-stream must be wrong but this is just an assumption.

Other than the String example there is nothing else documented on the Dropbox page for Android.

Thanks for any help.

Answer

I found the solution - if anyone is interested here is the working code:

private DropboxAPI<AndroidAuthSession> mDBApi;//global variable

File tmpFile = new File(fullPath, "IMG_2012-03-12_10-22-09_thumb.jpg");

FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(tmpFile);

            try {
                DropboxAPI.Entry newEntry = mDBApi.putFileOverwrite("IMG_2012-03-12_10-22-09_thumb.jpg", fis, tmpFile.length(), null);
            } catch (DropboxUnlinkedException e) {
                Log.e("DbExampleLog", "User has unlinked.");
            } catch (DropboxException e) {
                Log.e("DbExampleLog", "Something went wrong while uploading.");
            }