A react native interface to access Documents from dropbox google drive, iCloud
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A React Native wrapper for:

  • Apple's UIDocumentPickerViewController
  • Android's Intent.ACTION_GET_CONTENT
  • Windows Windows.Storage.Pickers


npm i --save react-native-document-picker

You need to enable iCloud Documents to access iCloud

RN >= 0.60

If you are using RN >= 0.60, only run pod install from the ios directory. Then rebuild your project.

RN < 0.60 / Manual Instructions

See this


DocumentPicker.pick(options) and DocumentPicker.pickMultiple(options)

Use pick or pickMultiple to open a document picker for the user to select file(s). Both methods return a Promise. pick will only allow a single selection and the Promise will resolve to that single result. pickMultiple will allow multiple selection and the Promise returned will always resolve to an array of results.


All of the options are optional


The type or types of documents to allow selection of. May be an array of types as single type string.

  • On Android these are MIME types such as text/plain or partial MIME types such as image/*. See common MIME types.
  • On iOS these must be Apple "Uniform Type Identifiers"
  • If type is omitted it will be treated as */* or public.content.
  • Multiple type strings are not supported on Android before KitKat (API level 19), Jellybean will fall back to */* if you provide an array with more than one value.
[iOS only] copyTo:"cachesDirectory" | "documentDirectory":

If specified, the picked file is copied to NSCachesDirectory / NSDocumentDirectory directory. The uri of the copy will be available in result's fileCopyUri. If copying the file fails (eg. due to lack of space), fileCopyUri will be the same as uri, and more details about the error will be available in copyError field in the result.

This should help if you need to work with the file(s) later on, because by default, the picked documents are temporary files. They remain available only until your application terminates. This may impact performance for large files, so keep this in mind if you expect users to pick particularly large files and your app does not need immediate read access.

[UWP only] readContent:boolean

Defaults to false. If readContent is set to true the content of the picked file/files will be read and supplied in the result object.

  • Be aware that this can introduce a huge performance hit in case of big files. (The files are read completely and into the memory and encoded to base64 afterwards to add them to the result object)

  • However reading the file directly from within the Thread which managed the picker can be necessary on Windows: Windows Apps can only read the Downloads folder and their own app folder by default and If a file is outside of these locations it cannot be acessed directly. However if the user picks the file through a file picker permissions to that file are granted implicitly.

    In addition to the default locations, an app can access additional files and folders by declaring capabilities in the app manifest (see App capability declarations), or by calling a file picker to let the user pick files and folders for the app to access (see Open files and folders with a picker).

    Unfortunately that permission is not granted to the whole app, but only the Thread which handled the filepicker. Therefore it can be useful to read the file directly.

  • You can use react-native-fs on Android and IOS to read the picked file.


The object a pick Promise resolves to or the objects in the array a pickMultiple Promise resolves to will contain the following keys.


The URI representing the document picked by the user. On iOS this will be a file:// URI for a temporary file in your app's container. On Android this will be a content:// URI for a document provided by a DocumentProvider that must be accessed with a ContentResolver.


Same as uri, but has special meaning on iOS, if copyTo option is specified.


The MIME type of the file. On Android some DocumentProviders may not provide MIME types for their documents. On iOS this MIME type is based on the best MIME type for the file extension according to Apple's internal "Uniform Type Identifiers" database.


The display name of the file. This is normally the filename of the file, but Android does not guarantee that this will be a filename from all DocumentProviders.


The file size of the document. On Android some DocumentProviders may not provide this information for a document.

[UWP only] content:

The base64 encoded content of the picked file if the option readContent was set to true.


DocumentPicker.types.* provides a few common types for use as type values, these types will use the correct format for each platform (MIME types on Android, UTIs on iOS).

  • DocumentPicker.types.allFiles: All document types, on Android this is */*, on iOS is public.content (note that some binary and archive types do not inherit from public.content)
  • DocumentPicker.types.images: All image types (image/* or public.image)
  • DocumentPicker.types.plainText: Plain text files ie: .txt (text/plain or public.plain-text)
  • All audio types (audio/* or
  • DocumentPicker.types.pdf: PDF documents (application/pdf or com.adobe.pdf)
  • Zip files (application/zip or
  • DocumentPicker.types.csv: Csv files (text/csv or public.comma-separated-values-text)


If the user cancels the document picker without choosing a file (by pressing the system back button on Android or the Cancel button on iOS) the Promise will be rejected with a cancellation error. You can check for this error using DocumentPicker.isCancel(err) allowing you to ignore it and cleanup any parts of your interface that may not be needed anymore.


import DocumentPicker from 'react-native-document-picker';

// Pick a single file
try {
  const res = await DocumentPicker.pick({
    type: [DocumentPicker.types.images],
    res.type, // mime type,
} catch (err) {
  if (DocumentPicker.isCancel(err)) {
    // User cancelled the picker, exit any dialogs or menus and move on
  } else {
    throw err;

// Pick multiple files
try {
  const results = await DocumentPicker.pickMultiple({
    type: [DocumentPicker.types.images],
  for (const res of results) {
      res.type, // mime type,
} catch (err) {
  if (DocumentPicker.isCancel(err)) {
    // User cancelled the picker, exit any dialogs or menus and move on
  } else {
    throw err;

Here is how it looks:

How to send it back ?

I recommend using I had to modify Uploader.m so it would use NSFileCoordinator with NSFileCoordinatorReadingForUploading option.

I added a check for file length that would be thrown into RNFS catch block.

if ([fileData length] == 0) {
    NSError *errorUp = [NSError errorWithDomain:@"com.whatever.yourapp" code:77 userInfo:[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObject:@"empty" forKey:NSLocalizedDescriptionKey]];
let url = 'file://whatever/com.bla.bla/file.ext'; //The url you received from the DocumentPicker

// I STRONGLY RECOMMEND ADDING A SMALL SETTIMEOUT before uploading the url you just got.
const split = url.split('/');
const name = split.pop();
const inbox = split.pop();
const realPath = `${RNFS.TemporaryDirectoryPath}${inbox}/${name}`;

const uploadBegin = (response) => {
  const jobId = response.jobId;
  console.log('UPLOAD HAS BEGUN! JobId: ' + jobId);

const uploadProgress = (response) => {
  const percentage = Math.floor(
    (response.totalBytesSent / response.totalBytesExpectedToSend) * 100
  console.log('UPLOAD IS ' + percentage + '% DONE!');

  toUrl: uploadUrl,
  files: [
      filename: name,
      filepath: realPath,
  method: 'POST',
  headers: {
    Accept: 'application/json',
  begin: uploadBegin,
  beginCallback: uploadBegin, // Don't ask me, only way I made it work as of 1.5.1
  progressCallback: uploadProgress,
  progress: uploadProgress,
  .then((response) => {
    console.log(response, '<<< Response');
    if (response.statusCode == 200) {
      //You might not be getting a statusCode at all. Check
      console.log('FILES UPLOADED!');
    } else {
      console.log('SERVER ERROR');
  .catch((err) => {
    if (err.description) {
      switch (err.description) {
        case 'cancelled':
          console.log('Upload cancelled');
        case 'empty':
          console.log('Empty file');
    } else {

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