How to work with ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer provides intents PICK_FILE, PICK_DIRECTORY and extras for developers to present an "Open file" or "Select folder".

  • Intent
Intent   Action
com.estrongs.action.PICK_FILE   Select a file
com.estrongs.action.PICK_DIRECTORY   Select a directory
  • Extras
Extra   Meaning
com.estrongs.intent.extra.TITLE   Assign a new title to the File Choose Dialog
  • Example

This demo shows how the code works,download [apk], [src]


  • When you click the “Open a file” , the code is like:
Intent intent = new Intent("com.estrongs.action.PICK_FILE ");
intent.putExtra("com.estrongs.intent.extra.TITLE", “Select File”);
startActivityForResult(intent, REQUEST_CODE_PICK_FILE_TO_OPEN);

Then the ES File Explorer will show, like:

When the file is clicked and a dialog will be show to choose how to return, select the File Way.

The selected file URI can be obtained in onActivityResult() through getData(), like:

// obtain the filename
if (uri != null) {
    Toast.makeText(this, getString(R.string.open_message) + " " + uri.getPath(), 0).show();

  • When you click the “Open a directory” , the code is like:
Intent intent = new Intent("com.estrongs.action.PICK_DIRECTORY ");
intent.putExtra("com.estrongs.intent.extra.TITLE", “Select Directory”);
startActivityForResult(intent, REQUEST_CODE_PICK_DIRECTORY);

Then the ES File Explorer will show, like:

When the Select button is clicked and the current directory will be returned.