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KRemote Files v1.0 - Quick Start Guide

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KRemote Files is 100% written in Java, and functions identically under Android Microsoft Windows, Linux and all versions of UNIX supporting Java 7+ and Servlet 2.5.

The following environments are supported in this version:

OS JVM (Java Virtual Machine)
Android Dalvik 4.0.3+
Windows Oracle Java SE 7, Java SE 8, Java SE 9
UNIX/Linux Oracle Java SE 7, Java SE 8 and Java SE 9
OpenJDK 7, OpenJDK 8, OpenJDK 9
OS X / macOS Oracle Java SE 7 for OS X 10.7.3+
Oracle Java SE 8 for OS X 10.8+
Oracle Java SE 9 for mac OS 10.10+
Servlet Containers
All Servlet containers that implement the Servlet 2.5+ specifications.

We use a desktop environment only for this Quick Start Guide.

Development Environment

Download and unzip or download and untar kremote-files-1.0-bin.tar.gz.

Add the jar libraries of the /lib subdirectory to your IDE project or development CLASSPATH.

Or for Maven users:


Server Side Settings

  1. Create an kremote-files-quickstart webapp on you Servlet container.

  2. Add the following lines to web.xml of the kremote-files-quickstart webapp.

  3. Deploy the jar libraries of the installation folder /lib subdirectory to your Servlet container webapp library folder - typically in /WEB-INF/lib. Restart your Servlet container.

  4. Test you configuration in a browser with the URL: [http://localhost:8080/kremote-files-quickstart/ServerFileManager (assuming you test KRemote Files your machine with Tomcat running on default 8080

    port). The status line should display OK & Running. If not, fix the displayed error and retry. That's it!

Client Side Settings

  1. Create an com.kremotefiles.quickstart package in your IDE.

  2. Download this java source file: Then insert it in the package.

  3. The session to the remote server is created using a RemoteSession.

  4. Modify if necessary the url variable in the remoteSessionBuilder() method. It must point to the ServerFileManager servlet as defined in your web.xml:

     * RemoteSession Quick Start client example. Creates an Awake RemoteSession.
     * @return the Awake Remote Session established with the remote Awake FILE
     *         server
     * @throws IOException
     *             if communication or configuration error is raised
    public static RemoteSession remoteSessionBuilder() throws IOException {
        // Path to the ServerFileManager Servlet:
        String url = "http://localhost:8080/kremote-files/ServerFileManager";
        // (usename, password) for authentication on server side.
        // No authentication will be done for our Quick Start:
        String username = "username";
        char[] password = { 'd', 'e', 'm', 'o' };
        // Establish a session with the remote server
        RemoteSession remoteSession = new RemoteSession(url, username,
        return remoteSession;
  5. Download the two files Koala.jpg and Tulips.jpg in your "user.home" directory on the client side.

  6. Compile and run from your IDE the SessionExample class. It will create a remote directory, upload the two files to the server, list directories & files on the server, rename a remote file and download files from the server. Note that all operations on remote files use the same method name and signature as in

     * Do some KRemote Files operations. This example:
     * <ul>
     * <li>Creates a remote directory.</li>
     * <li>Uploads two files to the remote directory.</li>
     * <li>Lists the content of the remote directory.</li>
     * <li>Displays some info on a remote file.</li>
     * <li>Renames a remote file.</li>
     * <li>Downloads the files from the remote directory.</li>
     * </ul>
     * The example uses {@code RemoteFile} objects for operations on remote
     * files. The {@code RemoteFile} methods used are the same as in
     * {@code}.
     * @throws IOException
     *             if communication or configuration error is raised
    public void doIt() throws IOException {
        // Define userHome var
        String userHome = System.getProperty("user.home") + File.separator;
        System.out.println("\"user.home\" is: " + userHome);
        // Create a remote directory on the server
        // RemoteFile methods are the same as methods
        System.out.println("Creating remote /mydir...");
        RemoteFile remoteDir = new RemoteFile(remoteSession, "/mydir");
        // Creating a subdirectory on the server
        System.out.println("Creating remote /mydir/subdir...");
        RemoteFile remoteSubdir = new RemoteFile(remoteSession,
        // Upload two files Koala.jpg and Tulips.jpg file located in our
        // user.home directory to the remote directory /mydir
        File image1 = new File(userHome + "Koala.jpg");
        File image2 = new File(userHome + "Tulips.jpg");
            "Uploading " + userHome + " files to remote /mydir...");
        Path pathImage1 = image1.toPath();
        try (OutputStream outImage1 = new RemoteOutputStream(remoteSession,
            "/mydir/Koala.jpg");) {
            Files.copy(pathImage1, outImage1);
        Path pathImage2 = image2.toPath();
        try (OutputStream outImage2 = new RemoteOutputStream(remoteSession,
            "/mydir/Tulips.jpg");) {
            Files.copy(pathImage2, outImage2);
        // List all files located in remote directory /mydir
        RemoteFile[] remoteFiles = remoteDir.listFiles();
        System.out.println("All files located in " + remoteDir + "     : "
            + Arrays.asList(remoteFiles));
        // List sub-directories only of remote directory /mydir
        // Uses an Apache Commons IO FilterFilter
        FileFilter fileFilter = DirectoryFileFilter.DIRECTORY;
        remoteFiles = remoteDir.listFiles(fileFilter);
        System.out.println("Subdirectories of " + remoteDir + ": "
            + Arrays.asList(remoteFiles));
        RemoteFile koala = new RemoteFile(remoteSession, "/mydir/Koala.jpg");
        System.out.println("Display remote " + koala + " info...");
        System.out.println("last modified: " + new Date(koala.lastModified()));
        System.out.println("length       : " + koala.length());
        System.out.println("Parent       : " + koala.getParent());
        // Rename a file on server
        RemoteFile koalaRenamed = new RemoteFile(remoteSession,
        System.out.println("Renaming " + koala + " to " + koalaRenamed + "...");
        boolean renameDone = koala.renameTo(koalaRenamed);
        System.out.println("Rename done: " + renameDone);
        // Download the files - with a new name - in our user.home directory
        File downloadedImage1 = new File(userHome + "downloaded-Koala.jpg");
        File downloadedImage2 = new File(userHome + "downloaded-Tulips.jpg");
            "Downloading files from remote /mydir in " + userHome + "...");
        Path pathDownloadedImage1 = downloadedImage1.toPath();
        try (InputStream inImage1 = new RemoteInputStream(remoteSession,
            "/mydir/Koala_RENAMED.jpg");) {
            Files.copy(inImage1, pathDownloadedImage1,
        Path pathDownloadedImage2 = downloadedImage2.toPath();
        try (InputStream inImage2 = new RemoteInputStream(remoteSession,
            "/mydir/Tulips.jpg");) {
            Files.copy(inImage2, pathDownloadedImage2,

Note that the root of the file server for the demo user will be located in the following directory:



user.home: value of System.getProperty("user.home") of your Servlet container.

This default server configuration is of course modifiable.

From now on…

You can read the User Guide or run through the Javadoc. You will learn:

  • How to configure the KRemote Files Server to set the location of the user files on the server.

  • How to create a secure authentication on the server.

  • How to call a remote java method without complicated setup and how to secure these calls.

  • How to handle Exceptions thrown by the client side or the server side.

  • How to display nice progress indicators to your users during uploads & downloads.