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FileChooser Cordova plugin for Android (mainly KitKat)

This plugin was created as a workaround for and This plugin is mainly configured for Android 4.4 so I would recommend to continue to use the native file dialogs for earlier versions of Android. There might be issues with the plugin as I have not fully tested all possible scenarios on many devices, but I have installed it on a Nexus 5 and it worked fine.

The core pieces of the code were taken from A huge thanks to him!!! All I did was write the plugin wrapper around it. Please take note of the second part of the Setup step from the aforementioned aFileChooser.

    Note that like a ContentProvider, the DocumentProvider authority must be unique. 
    You should change com.ianhanniballake.localstorage.documents in your Manifest, as 
    well as the LocalStorageProvider.AUTHORITY field.


cordova plugin add


You will have to import into the following java files.


The first argument, which will eventually be filechooser parameters such as multi-select, mime-types...., is currently ignored but must be passed in.

    var success = function(data) {
        console.log( data.filepath );

    var error = function(msg) {
        console.log( msg );


    var success = function( data ) {
        var filepath = data.filepath;
        function win(r) {
            console.log("Code = " + r.responseCode);
            console.log("Response = " + r.response);
            console.log("Sent = " + r.bytesSent);

        function fail(error) {
            console.log("An error has occurred: Code = " + error.code);
            console.log("upload error source " + error.source);
            console.log("upload error target " +;

        var uri = encodeURI("http://localhost/upload/processupload.php");
        var options = new FileUploadOptions();

        var ft = new FileTransfer();
        ft.onprogress = function(progressEvent) {
            if (progressEvent.lengthComputable) {
                loadingStatus.setPercentage(progressEvent.loaded /;
            else {

        ft.upload(filepath, uri, win, fail, options);  

    var error = function( msg ) {
        console.log( msg );

    <input type="file" id="fileinput" name="fileinput"/>
    if( device.platform.toLowerCase() === 'android' && device.version.indexOf( '4.4' ) === 0 ) {
        $('#fileinput').click( function(e) {
   {}, success, error );

Next up

  • automatically import in the java files
  • add support for parameters in the filechooser
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