Chapter 30. Accessing Files

While Android offers structured storage, via preferences and databases, sometimes a simple file will suffice. Android offers two models for accessing files: one for files prepackaged with your application and one for files created on-device by your application.

You and the Horse You Rode in On

Let's suppose you have some static data you want to ship with the application, such as a list of words for a spell checker. The easiest way to deploy that is to put the file in the res/raw directory, so that it will be put in the Android application APK file as part of the packaging process as a raw resource.

To access this file, you need to get yourself a Resources object. From an activity, that is as simple as calling getResources() ...

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