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android – List all music in MediaStore with the PATHs

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


Ok so I’ve been working on this project for a few days now and most of my time has been working out how to list all the music on a device in a LIST VIEW or something else, I have searched for a few days now and this is killing me. I did get so close at one point with all the music in one folder showing, though since most people will have sub folders for things like artiest and albums I need a way to search sub folders for MP3s or music files.

Here is what I have so far for Music collection:

package com.androidhive.musicplayer;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.FilenameFilter;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.HashMap;

import android.provider.MediaStore;

public class SongsManager {
// SDCard Path
final String MEDIA_PATH = new String(MediaStore.Audio.Media.getContentUri("external").toString());
private ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>> songsList = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>();

// Constructor
public SongsManager(){


 * Function to read all mp3 files from sdcard
 * and store the details in ArrayList
 * */
public ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>> getPlayList(){
    File home = new File(MEDIA_PATH);

    if (home.listFiles(new FileExtensionFilter()).length > 0) {
        for (File file : home.listFiles(new FileExtensionFilter())) {
            HashMap<String, String> song = new HashMap<String, String>();
            song.put("songTitle", file.getName().substring(0, (file.getName().length() - 4)));
            song.put("songPath", file.getPath());

            // Adding each song to SongList
    // return songs list array
    return songsList;

 * Class to filter files which are having .mp3 extension
 * */
class FileExtensionFilter implements FilenameFilter {
    public boolean accept(File dir, String name) {
        return (name.endsWith(".mp3") || name.endsWith(".MP3"));


Thanks to anyone who can help. 🙂

How to&Answers:

Although, the post is old, for other people like me to get the idea of creating a list of music with their file path, I added the solution here. MediaStore.Audio.Media.DATA column actually contains media file path. You can get necessary information by using the following snippet:

ContentResolver cr = getActivity().getContentResolver();

Uri uri = MediaStore.Audio.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI;
String selection = MediaStore.Audio.Media.IS_MUSIC + "!= 0";
String sortOrder = MediaStore.Audio.Media.TITLE + " ASC";
Cursor cur = cr.query(uri, null, selection, null, sortOrder);
int count = 0;

if(cur != null)
    count = cur.getCount();

    if(count > 0)
            String data = cur.getString(cur.getColumnIndex(MediaStore.Audio.Media.DATA));
            // Add code to get more column here

            // Save to your list here




You can list all the music files using this code

//Some audio may be explicitly marked as not being music
String selection = MediaStore.Audio.Media.IS_MUSIC + " != 0";

String[] projection = {

cursor = this.managedQuery(

private List<String> songs = new ArrayList<String>();
while(cursor.moveToNext()) {
        songs.add(cursor.getString(0) + "||" 
                    + cursor.getString(1) + "||" 
                    + cursor.getString(2) + "||"
                    + cursor.getString(3) + "||"
                    + cursor.getString(4) + "||" 
                    + cursor.getString(5));

I have not tried this code, but it seems correct. You’ll be on the right track with that.


I’m working on same project right now and already solved the problem.

You will need a custom class to store your songs data:


public class Songs
    private long mSongID;
    private String mSongTitle;

    public Songs(long id, String title){
        mSongID = id;
        mSongTitle = title;

    public long getSongID(){
        return mSongID;

    public String getSongTitle(){
        return mSongTitle;

Then you have to define ArrayList in activity with List View which you will populate with data:

private ArrayList<Songs> arrayList;

and in onCreate:

arrayList = new ArrayList<Songs>();

Then you have to retrieve data from your device:

public void YOUR_METHOD_NAME(){
    ContentResolver contentResolver = getContentResolver();
    Uri songUri = MediaStore.Audio.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI;
    Cursor songCursor = contentResolver.query(songUri, null, null, null, null);

    if(songCursor != null && songCursor.moveToFirst())
        int songId = songCursor.getColumnIndex(MediaStore.Audio.Media._ID);
        int songTitle = songCursor.getColumnIndex(MediaStore.Audio.Media.TITLE);

        do {
            long currentId = songCursor.getLong(songId);
            String currentTitle = songCursor.getString(songTitle);
            arrayList.add(new Songs(currentId, currentTitle, currentArtist));
        } while(songCursor.moveToNext());

Then call this method from onCreate:


And finally you have to create custom adapter class, define this adapter in onCreate (in activity with ListView) and set this adapter on your ListView object.

I see that it was asked 3 years ago and the problem I think already solved, but maybe it will be usefull for someone. Thanks.


Here is a simple function who gives you all audio files in File Object.

 public static List<File> getAllAudios(Context c) {
    List<File> files = new ArrayList<>();
    String[] projection = { MediaStore.Audio.AudioColumns.DATA ,MediaStore.Audio.Media.DISPLAY_NAME};
    Cursor cursor = c.getContentResolver().query(MediaStore.Audio.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI, projection, null, null, null);
    try {
            files.add((new File(cursor.getString(cursor.getColumnIndexOrThrow(MediaStore.Audio.Media.DATA)))));

    } catch (Exception e) {
    return files;