Version (Mar 25, 2019)
Dec 8, 2016
Mar 21, 2022 (Retired)
Ashish Shekar (codekidX)
Ashish Shekar (codekidX)
James Fenn (TheAndroidMaster)
Christoph Loy (beatbrot)
Maarten Fonville (mfonville)
Elias Projahn (johrpan)
James Fenn (fennifith)
Moritz Warning (mwarning)
Source code

Storage Chooser !News

Documentation Version

A pretty and simple directory chooser and file picker library for 4.4+ devices. This library was created to be included in OpenGApps App. There are too many storage chooser out there but this one is too materially ???? . Easy to implement and does not take a lot of your valueable time in setting-up all the other necessary things that every developer seeks, like

  • saving path to sharedPreference
  • event when path is selected and act upon that path
  • and much more.

There are also some really nice features that I thought would come in handy:

  • You show a quick overview of the storages present and their memory available before choosing so that users know which storage to choose.
  • you can choose between sheet and sleek layouts.
  • Inline create folder view (not another dialog to handle)
  • Full localization. I mean literally every strings can be localized to your desired language.
  • Memory thresholding - a restriction or a toast that it shows when user's memory is less than your defined memory of operations.
  • and more will be added soon.


Add this to your root build.gradle file under repositories:

allprojects {
 repositories {
  maven { url "" }

Add this to your app level build.gradle as dependency:


Add this to your file:


Android 10 News

You can currently use this library on Android 10 devices by adding android:requestLegacyExternalStorage="true" to your AndroidManifest.xml. The release of 3.0 was to happen by December 2019 but was put to hold in light of new situations and re-evaluation of what is more important to this library, features? stability? future-ready?.

There is an implementation of SAF going on in inline-3.0 branch and would surface in this release as a breaking change.


In order to save state between orientation, storage-chooser requires you to add this to AndroidManifest.xml activity tag

Before you implement this library here are some notes that you can follow to avoid errors.



  • You have asked for Runtime Permission from the user in the past to avoid read errors.
  • Permissions with "READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" and "WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" is enough for this library to work.
  • This library follows same color scheme as that of the parent app to maintain the aesthetic of the parent app. See the color scheme section below


Simple Type

  • Let's you toggle between internal/external root directory.
// Initialize Builder
StorageChooser chooser = new StorageChooser.Builder()

// Show dialog whenever you want by;

// get path that the user has chosen
chooser.setOnSelectListener(new StorageChooser.OnSelectListener() {
    public void onSelect(String path) {
        Log.e("SELECTED_PATH", path);

OUTPUT: /storage/emulated/0

Pre-defined Type

  • Let's you append a specific path to the root of internal or external directory.
// --- ADD --

OUTPUT: /storage/emulated/0/Downloads/CodekidLabs

Custom Type

  • Let's your user choose custom directory/file.

Directory Chooser

// --- ADD ---

File Picker

// --- ADD ---

Save directly to preference

// --- ADD ---

Get path from preference

String path = sharedPreferences.getString(DiskUtil.SC_PREFERENCE_KEY,"");

(2.0+) Multiselect

It's already in there you don't need to write any special code for it. Just make sure your type of chooser is of type FILE_PICKER. builder.setType(StorageChooser.FILE_PICKER);

More information


This project is licensed with the Mozilla Public License v2.

In practice, you can use this library as-is, with a notification of it being used. If you make any changes, you are required to publish your changes under a compatible license.


Branch status:

Production Development
master inline-3.0

You can contribute to this library by creating a pull request.