Android Download File With Progress Bar Example

Hi guys! Today we are going to do a script that will show an Android progress bar while downloading a file. A progress bar looks good for the user to be notified about the progress of the download.
We will easily use a UI thread with Android AsyncTask. In other terms, we will use a subclass to handle our downloader thread.

Our output is something like this
Our output is something like this

package com.example.downloadfile;

import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.os.Environment;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class DownloadFile extends Activity {
    public static final String LOG_TAG = “Android Downloader by The Code Of A Ninja”;
    //initialize our progress dialog/bar
    private ProgressDialog mProgressDialog;
    public static final int DIALOG_DOWNLOAD_PROGRESS = 0;
    //initialize root directory
    File rootDir = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory();
    //defining file name and url
    public String fileName = “codeofaninja.jpg”;
    public String fileURL = “”;
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) 
        //setting some display
        TextView tv = new TextView(this);
        tv.setText(“Android Download File With Progress Bar”);
        //making sure the download directory exists
        //executing the asynctask
        new DownloadFileAsync().execute(fileURL);
    //this is our download file asynctask
    class DownloadFileAsync extends AsyncTask<String, String, String> {
        protected void onPreExecute() {

        protected String doInBackground(String… aurl) {

            try {
                //connecting to url
                URL u = new URL(fileURL);
                HttpURLConnection c = (HttpURLConnection) u.openConnection();
                //lenghtOfFile is used for calculating download progress
                int lenghtOfFile = c.getContentLength();
                //this is where the file will be seen after the download
                FileOutputStream f = new FileOutputStream(new File(rootDir + “/my_downloads/”, fileName));
                //file input is from the url
                InputStream in = c.getInputStream();

                //here’s the download code
                byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
                int len1 = 0;
                long total = 0;
                while ((len1 = > 0) {
                    total += len1; //total = total + len1
                    publishProgress(“” + (int)((total*100)/lenghtOfFile));
                    f.write(buffer, 0, len1);
            } catch (Exception e) {
                Log.d(LOG_TAG, e.getMessage());
            return null;
        protected void onProgressUpdate(String… progress) {

        protected void onPostExecute(String unused) {
            //dismiss the dialog after the file was downloaded
    //function to verify if directory exists
    public void checkAndCreateDirectory(String dirName){
        File new_dir = new File( rootDir + dirName );
        if( !new_dir.exists() ){
    //our progress bar settings
    protected Dialog onCreateDialog(int id) {
        switch (id) {
            case DIALOG_DOWNLOAD_PROGRESS: //we set this to 0
                mProgressDialog = new ProgressDialog(this);
                mProgressDialog.setMessage(“Downloading file…”);
                return mProgressDialog;
                return null;

And for the AndroidManifest.xml, include the INTERNET and WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permissions.

<?xml version=“1.0″ encoding=“utf-8″?>
<manifest xmlns:android=“”
    <uses-permission android:name=“android.permission.INTERNET” />
    <uses-permission android:name=“android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” />
    <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion=“4″ />
    <application android:icon=“@drawable/icon” android:label=“@string/app_name”>
        <activity android:name=“.DownloadFile”
                <action android:name=“android.intent.action.MAIN” />
                <category android:name=“android.intent.category.LAUNCHER” />


Thanks for reading this Android Download File With Progress Bar Example!


18 responses to “Android Download File With Progress Bar Example”

  1. Hi, Mike! I’m beginner in android. I pasted your code in eclipse and ran it. But the exception is always happened and LogCat shows me this message: D/Android Downloader by The Code Of A Ninja(27306): /mnt/sdcard/my_downloads/codeofaninja.jpg: open failed: EACCES (Permission denied)
    Please help me!)

  2. Hi ! here is a nice tutorial!
    I almost use the same stuff to download an apk package from my server and then, after the dowload, install it via the default package manager.
    The download is done inside the doInBackground method, but when I try (using the onPostExecute() method) to install the package downloded, the package manager returns “parse error, there was a problem parsing the package”.
    Is there something I’m missing here? Please help !

    • You’re welcome @disqus_hGtfEs04PW:disqus! Sorry this is a late reply, I’m receiving large amount of comments and I can’t see all of them. I think a download link is not needed for this one since only one java file and a single permission in the manifest file is included. But I’ll try to add it asap.

  3. Hello I Need Help For Download Video IN Video Satus Application And This Download File Set In Progress Bar And Many More For Download Plzzzzzzz Help Me How To Do It………..

  4. Please help me. The code works for single link…
    I have a list view with base adapter… How can i download file that i click….
    I am unable to use the string position in download async class…

    Please reply me to

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