Narcissistic Pickle Meister

    react-native-document-picker
    TypeScript icon, indicating that this package has built-in type declarations

    8.1.1 • Public • Published

    react-native-document-picker

    🚧🚧 GH discussions available 🚧🚧

    If you want to ask questions, we opened GH discussions for that purpose! 🤗 Issue tracker is now reserved for bugs and feature requests only and issues not following the issue template can be closed. Thank you!

    A React Native wrapper for:

    • Apple's UIDocumentPickerViewController
    • Android's Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT
    • Windows Windows.Storage.Pickers
    iOS Android

    Requires RN >= 0.63, Android 5.0+ and iOS 11+

    Table of Contents

    Installation

    React Native

    npm i --save react-native-document-picker
    
    OR
    
    yarn add react-native-document-picker

    Expo

    This package is supported in Expo managed workflow through the usage of custom development clients.

    expo install react-native-document-picker
    
    # Create a development build (provided you have expo-dev-client installed and set up)
    eas build
    
    # Or run it locally
    expo prebuild
    expo run:ios
    expo run:android

    RN >= 0.63

    If you are using RN >= 0.63, only run pod install from the ios directory. Then rebuild your project. Older RN versions are not supported.

    API

    DocumentPicker.pickMultiple(options) / DocumentPicker.pickSingle(options) / DocumentPicker.pick(options)

    ⚠️ Breaking in v6: pick returns a Promise<Array<DocumentPickerResponse>> instead of Promise<DocumentPickerResponse>. If you were using pick, change those usages to pickSingle.

    Use pickMultiple, pickSingle or pick to open a document picker for the user to select file(s). All methods return a Promise.

    DocumentPicker.pickDirectory()

    Open a system directory picker. Returns a promise that resolves to ({ uri: string }) of the directory selected by user.

    DocumentPicker.pick(options) and DocumentPicker.pickMultiple(options)

    • pick is the most universal, you can use allowMultiSelection param to control whether or not user can select multiple files (false by default). Returns a Promise<Array<DocumentPickerResponse>>

    pickSingle and pickMultiple are "sugar functions" on top of pick, and they might be removed in a future release for increased API clarity.

    • pickSingle only allows a single selection and the Promise will resolve to that single result (same behavior as pick in v5)
    • pickMultiple allows multiple selection and the Promise will resolve to an array of results.

    Options

    All of the options are optional

    allowMultiSelection:boolean

    Whether selecting multiple files is allowed. For pick, this is false by default. allowMultiSelection is false for pickSingle and true for pickMultiple and cannot be overridden for those calls.

    type:string|Array<string>

    The type or types of documents to allow selection of. May be an array of types as single type string.

    • On Android these are MIME types such as text/plain or partial MIME types such as image/*. See common MIME types.
    • On iOS these must be Apple "Uniform Type Identifiers"
    • If type is omitted it will be treated as */* or public.item.

    [iOS only] presentationStyle:'fullScreen' | 'pageSheet' | 'formSheet' | 'overFullScreen'

    Controls how the picker is presented, eg. on an iPad you may want to present it fullscreen. Defaults to pageSheet.

    [iOS only] transitionStyle:'coverVertical' | 'flipHorizontal' | 'crossDissolve' | 'partialCurl'

    Configure the transition style of the picker. Defaults to coverVertical, when the picker is presented, its view slides up from the bottom of the screen.

    [iOS only] mode:"import" | "open"

    Defaults to import. If mode is set to import the document picker imports the file from outside to inside the sandbox, otherwise if mode is set to open the document picker opens the file right in place.

    [iOS and Android only] copyTo:"cachesDirectory" | "documentDirectory"

    If specified, the picked file is copied to NSCachesDirectory / NSDocumentDirectory (iOS) or getCacheDir / getFilesDir (Android). The uri of the copy will be available in result's fileCopyUri. If copying the file fails (eg. due to lack of free space), fileCopyUri will be null, and more details about the error will be available in copyError field in the result.

    This should help if you need to work with the file(s) later on, because by default, the picked documents are temporary files. They remain available only until your application terminates. This may impact performance for large files, so keep this in mind if you expect users to pick particularly large files and your app does not need immediate read access.

    On Android, this can be used to obtain local, on-device copy of the file (e.g. if user picks a document from google drive, this will download it locally to the phone).

    [Windows only] readContent:boolean

    Defaults to false. If readContent is set to true the content of the picked file/files will be read and supplied in the result object.

    • Be aware that this can introduce a huge performance hit in case of big files. (The files are read completely and into the memory and encoded to base64 afterwards to add them to the result object)

    • However reading the file directly from within the Thread which managed the picker can be necessary on Windows: Windows Apps can only read the Downloads folder and their own app folder by default and If a file is outside of these locations it cannot be acessed directly. However if the user picks the file through a file picker permissions to that file are granted implicitly.

      In addition to the default locations, an app can access additional files and folders by declaring capabilities in the app manifest (see App capability declarations), or by calling a file picker to let the user pick files and folders for the app to access (see Open files and folders with a picker).
      

      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/files/file-access-permissions

      Unfortunately that permission is not granted to the whole app, but only the Thread which handled the filepicker. Therefore, it can be useful to read the file directly.

    • You can use react-native-fs on Android and IOS to read the picked file.

    Result

    The pick Promise resolves to an array of objects with the following keys.

    uri

    The URI representing the document picked by the user. On iOS this will be a file:// URI for a temporary file in your app's container if mode is not specified or set at import otherwise it will be the original file:// URI. On Android this will be a content:// URI for a document provided by a DocumentProvider that must be accessed with a ContentResolver.

    Please note that you might need to use decodeURIComponent in order to get the URI in the format you need for further processing, e.g. when using react-native-fs.

    fileCopyUri

    If copyTo option is specified, this will point to a local copy of picked file. Otherwise, this is null.

    type

    The MIME type of the file. On Android some DocumentProviders may not provide MIME types for their documents. On iOS this MIME type is based on the best MIME type for the file extension according to Apple's internal "Uniform Type Identifiers" database.

    name

    The display name of the file. This is normally the filename of the file, but Android does not guarantee that this will be a filename from all DocumentProviders.

    size

    The file size of the document. On Android some DocumentProviders may not provide this information for a document.

    [Windows only] content

    The base64 encoded content of the picked file if the option readContent was set to true.

    DocumentPicker.types.*

    DocumentPicker.types.* provides a few common types for use as type values, these types will use the correct format for each platform (MIME types on Android, UTIs on iOS).

    • DocumentPicker.types.allFiles: All document types, on Android this is */*, on iOS is public.item
    • DocumentPicker.types.images: All image types
    • DocumentPicker.types.plainText: Plain text files
    • DocumentPicker.types.audio: All audio types
    • DocumentPicker.types.pdf: PDF documents
    • DocumentPicker.types.zip: Zip files
    • DocumentPicker.types.csv: Csv files
    • DocumentPicker.types.doc: doc files
    • DocumentPicker.types.docx: docx files
    • DocumentPicker.types.ppt: ppt files
    • DocumentPicker.types.pptx: pptx files
    • DocumentPicker.types.xls: xls files
    • DocumentPicker.types.xlsx: xlsx files

    DocumentPicker.isCancel(err)

    If the user cancels the document picker without choosing a file (by pressing the system back button on Android or the Cancel button on iOS) the Promise will be rejected with a cancellation error. You can check for this error using DocumentPicker.isCancel(err) allowing you to ignore it and cleanup any parts of your interface that may not be needed anymore.

    DocumentPicker.isInProgress(err)

    If the user somehow manages to open multiple file pickers (eg. due the app being unresponsive), then only the picked result from the last opened picker will be considered and the promises from previous opened pickers will be rejected with an error that you can check using DocumentPicker.isInProgress().

    This behavior might change in future to allow opening only a single picker at a time. The internal logic is currently implemented only on iOS.

    [iOS only] DocumentPicker.releaseSecureAccess(uris: Array<string>)

    If mode is set to open iOS is giving you secure access to a file located outside from your sandbox. In that case Apple is asking you to release the access as soon as you finish using the resource.

    Example

    See the example app in example folder.

    How to upload picked files?

    Use blob support that is built into react native - see comment. If you need to track upload progress, use XMLHttpRequest see here

    Alternatively, use https://github.com/johanneslumpe/react-native-fs

    Help wanted: Improvements

    Install

    npm i react-native-document-picker

    DownloadsWeekly Downloads

    83,160

    Version

    8.1.1

    License

    MIT

    Unpacked Size

    302 kB

    Total Files

    88

    Last publish

    Collaborators

    • dantman
    • sibelius
    • elyx0
    • vonovak