About Paresh Mayani

Paresh Mayani is a Mobile application developer from India, having been involved in Android app development since around 3 years. He writes technical articles at TechnoTalkative. Apart from his job, he manages Google Developer Group (GDG) - Ahmedabad and has been speaker in various events.

Android – Read file from Assets


First of all, let me give you a link: AssetManager, through this class we can easily access any files lying inside the Assets directory of android application. (or any sub-folders inside the Assets directory).

Now, we can have an object of AssetManager class by using getAssets() method:

AssetManager assetManager = getAssets();  

And the rest of the procedure i have given and described by making comments in the example so now go through the full solutions provided below with the output snap.




package com.paresh.readfileasset;

import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.res.AssetManager;
import android.graphics.drawable.Drawable;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.TextView;

 * @author Paresh N. Mayani
 * @Website http://www.technotalkative.com
public class ReadFileAssetsActivity extends Activity {

 /** Called when the activity is first created. */

 public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {


  TextView txtContent = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.txtContent);
  TextView txtFileName = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.txtFileName);
  ImageView imgAssets = (ImageView) findViewById(R.id.imgAssets);

  AssetManager assetManager = getAssets();

  // To get names of all files inside the "Files" folder
  try {
   String[] files = assetManager.list("Files");

   for(int i=0; i<files.length; i++)="" {="" txtfilename.append("\n="" file="" :"+i+"="" name=""> "+files[i]);
  } catch (IOException e1) {
   // TODO Auto-generated catch block

  // To load text file
        InputStream input;
  try {
   input = assetManager.open("helloworld.txt");

          int size = input.available();
          byte[] buffer = new byte[size];

          // byte buffer into a string
          String text = new String(buffer);

  } catch (IOException e) {
   // TODO Auto-generated catch block

  // To load image
     try {
      // get input stream
      InputStream ims = assetManager.open("android_logo_small.jpg");

      // create drawable from stream
      Drawable d = Drawable.createFromStream(ims, null);

      // set the drawable to imageview
     catch(IOException ex) {

Note: Please consider scrollview as ScrollView, textview as TextView….etc. Its just problem inside the code plugin.

<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?-->

<scrollview xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent">

<linearlayout android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:orientation="vertical">

    <textview android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/hello" android:id="@+id/txtContent">

 <imageview android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/imgAssets">

  <textview android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:id="@+id/txtFileName">


Download Full source code from here: Android – Read file from Assets

Reference: Android – Read file from Assets from our JCG partner Paresh N. Mayani at the TechnoTalkative blog.

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15 Responses to "Android – Read file from Assets"

  1. i need to read jar file like you read text file and image how to do that?

  2. ANKIT THAKUR says:

    1) can we delete the asset folder file at run time programtically

  3. ThemeBowl says:

    Hi,i have my files ie images on assets folder.consider i have 3 images at first and when i launch app i could see all 3 images loaded.but say i updated it with 3 more images and relaunch app.i couldn’t find recently added images in that app.i use shared preference to save app state.what should i do in order to make other 3 images visible?

  4. Akshay says:

    any jar file is needed for this application? because , space character is displaying as question mark.

  5. abhi says:

    I want to read data from an image/picture and save that data in some storage like xml/text/world/Data Base. Image may contain any form/Drivers License or may be some Credit card.

    Please advise.

  6. Vani says:


    I want to open PDF file from assets folder, i tried lots of but its not open, we can open text file but i want to open pdf file, also i got my pdf file name when i do

    String[] files = assetManager.list(“Files”);
    but its still not open
    please help me how can i open pdf file in read mode.

  7. Md Shoaib says:

    I want to ask that how to attach the pdf file in my android app and send it.
    And thanks in advance.

  8. Hiren pithwa says:

    Button click and open text file from asset folder…..how to make app

  9. G Srinivasan says:


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