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Getting a list of files in the Resources folder – iOS

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Questions:

Let’s say I have a folder in my “Resources” folder of my iPhone application called “Documents”.

Is there a way that I can get an array or some type of list of all the files included in that folder at run time?

So, in code, it would look like:

NSMutableArray *myFiles = [...get a list of files in Resources/Documents...];

Is this possible?

Answers:

You can get the path to the Resources directory like this,

NSString * resourcePath = [[NSBundle mainBundle] resourcePath];

Then append the Documents to the path,

NSString * documentsPath = [resourcePath stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"Documents"];

Then you can use any of the directory listing APIs of NSFileManager.

NSError * error;
NSArray * directoryContents = [[NSFileManager defaultManager] contentsOfDirectoryAtPath:documentsPath error:&error];

Note : When adding source folder into the bundle make sure you select “Create folder references for any added folders option when copying”

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You can try this code also:

NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
NSString *documentsDirectory = [paths objectAtIndex:0];
NSError * error;
NSArray * directoryContents =  [[NSFileManager defaultManager]
                      contentsOfDirectoryAtPath:documentsDirectory error:&error];

NSLog(@"directoryContents ====== %@",directoryContents);

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Swift

Updated for Swift 3

let docsPath = Bundle.main.resourcePath! + "/Resources"
let fileManager = FileManager.default

do {
    let docsArray = try fileManager.contentsOfDirectory(atPath: docsPath)
} catch {
    print(error)
}

Further reading:

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Listing All Files In A Directory

     NSFileManager *fileManager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];
     NSURL *bundleURL = [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleURL];
     NSArray *contents = [fileManager contentsOfDirectoryAtURL:bundleURL
                           includingPropertiesForKeys:@[]
                                              options:NSDirectoryEnumerationSkipsHiddenFiles
                                                error:nil];

     NSPredicate *predicate = [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"pathExtension ENDSWITH '.png'"];
     for (NSString *path in [contents filteredArrayUsingPredicate:predicate]) {
        // Enumerate each .png file in directory
     }

Recursively Enumerating Files In A Directory

      NSFileManager *fileManager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];
      NSURL *bundleURL = [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleURL];
      NSDirectoryEnumerator *enumerator = [fileManager enumeratorAtURL:bundleURL
                                   includingPropertiesForKeys:@[NSURLNameKey, NSURLIsDirectoryKey]
                                                     options:NSDirectoryEnumerationSkipsHiddenFiles
                                                errorHandler:^BOOL(NSURL *url, NSError *error)
      {
         NSLog(@"[Error] %@ (%@)", error, url);
      }];

      NSMutableArray *mutableFileURLs = [NSMutableArray array];
      for (NSURL *fileURL in enumerator) {
      NSString *filename;
      [fileURL getResourceValue:&filename forKey:NSURLNameKey error:nil];

      NSNumber *isDirectory;
      [fileURL getResourceValue:&isDirectory forKey:NSURLIsDirectoryKey error:nil];

       // Skip directories with '_' prefix, for example
      if ([filename hasPrefix:@"_"] && [isDirectory boolValue]) {
         [enumerator skipDescendants];
         continue;
       }

      if (![isDirectory boolValue]) {
          [mutableFileURLs addObject:fileURL];
       }
     }

For more about NSFileManager its here

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Swift version:

    if let files = try? FileManager.default.contentsOfDirectory(atPath: Bundle.main.bundlePath ){
        for file in files {
            print(file)
        }
    }

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Swift 3 (and returning URLs)

let url = Bundle.main.resourceURL!
    do {
        let urls = try FileManager.default.contentsOfDirectory(at: url, includingPropertiesForKeys:[], options: FileManager.DirectoryEnumerationOptions.skipsHiddenFiles)
    } catch {
        print(error)
    }