Upload bigger files from Android to server – Example

By | March 23, 2017

Below is the function which uploads bigger files from Android device to Server.

public String sendFileToServer(String filename, String targetUrl) {
    String response = "error";
    Log.e("Image filename", filename);
    Log.e("url", targetUrl);
    HttpURLConnection connection = null;
    DataOutputStream outputStream = null;
    // DataInputStream inputStream = null;

    String pathToOurFile = filename;
    String urlServer = targetUrl;
    String lineEnd = "\r\n";
    String twoHyphens = "--";
    String boundary = "*****";
    DateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy_MM_dd_HH:mm:ss");

    int bytesRead, bytesAvailable, bufferSize;
    byte[] buffer;
    int maxBufferSize = 1 * 1024;
    try {
        FileInputStream fileInputStream = new FileInputStream(new File(
                pathToOurFile));

        URL url = new URL(urlServer);
        connection = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();

        // Allow Inputs & Outputs
        connection.setDoInput(true);
        connection.setDoOutput(true);
        connection.setUseCaches(false);
        connection.setChunkedStreamingMode(1024);
        // Enable POST method
        connection.setRequestMethod("POST");

        connection.setRequestProperty("Connection", "Keep-Alive");
        connection.setRequestProperty("Content-Type",
                "multipart/form-data;boundary=" + boundary);

        outputStream = new DataOutputStream(connection.getOutputStream());
        outputStream.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + lineEnd);

        String connstr = null;
        connstr = "Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"uploadedfile\";filename=\""
                + pathToOurFile + "\"" + lineEnd;
        Log.i("Connstr", connstr);

        outputStream.writeBytes(connstr);
        outputStream.writeBytes(lineEnd);

        bytesAvailable = fileInputStream.available();
        bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
        buffer = new byte[bufferSize];

        // Read file
        bytesRead = fileInputStream.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
        Log.e("Image length", bytesAvailable + "");
        try {
            while (bytesRead > 0) {
                try {
                    outputStream.write(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
                } catch (OutOfMemoryError e) {
                    e.printStackTrace();
                    response = "outofmemoryerror";
                    return response;
                }
                bytesAvailable = fileInputStream.available();
                bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
                bytesRead = fileInputStream.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
            }
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
            response = "error";
            return response;
        }
        outputStream.writeBytes(lineEnd);
        outputStream.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + twoHyphens
                + lineEnd);

        // Responses from the server (code and message)
        int serverResponseCode = connection.getResponseCode();
        String serverResponseMessage = connection.getResponseMessage();
        Log.i("Server Response Code ", "" + serverResponseCode);
        Log.i("Server Response Message", serverResponseMessage);

        if (serverResponseCode == 200) {
            response = "true";
        }

        String CDate = null;
        Date serverTime = new Date(connection.getDate());
        try {
            CDate = df.format(serverTime);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
            Log.e("Date Exception", e.getMessage() + " Parse Exception");
        }
        Log.i("Server Response Time", CDate + "");

        filename = CDate
                + filename.substring(filename.lastIndexOf("."),
                        filename.length());
        Log.i("File Name in Server : ", filename);

        fileInputStream.close();
        outputStream.flush();
        outputStream.close();
        outputStream = null;
    } catch (Exception ex) {
        // Exception handling
        response = "error";
        Log.e("Send file Exception", ex.getMessage() + "");
        ex.printStackTrace();
    }
    return response;
}

2 thoughts on “Upload bigger files from Android to server – Example

  1. Sujeet

    can this code upload pdf to server..?
    because i want to upload pdf to server.

    Reply

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