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Downloading files using volley

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The files in android can be saved in either internal and external memories.By default, files saved to the internal storage are private to your application and other applications cannot access them (nor can the user). When the user uninstalls your application, these files are removed.

Download Files using Volley

While files stored to the external storage are shareable and can be modified.

That is why the files that are specific for the application for example, additional resources downloaded by your app or temporary media files, are saved in internal storage. There are various ways to download a file but here we are going to download the file using volley.

Firstly you have to create your own custom request class like:

class InputStreamVolleyRequest extends Request<byte[]> {
    private final Response.Listener<byte[]> mListener;
   private Map<String, String> mParams;
    //create a static map for directly accessing headers
   public Map<String, String> responseHeaders ;
    public InputStreamVolleyRequest(int method, String mUrl ,Response.Listener<byte[]> listener,
                                    Response.ErrorListener errorListener, HashMap<String, String> params) {
      // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub
        super(method, mUrl, errorListener);
         // this request would never use cache.
         mListener = listener;
   protected Map<String, String> getParams()
         throws {
      return mParams;
    protected void deliverResponse(byte[] response) {
    protected Response<byte[]> parseNetworkResponse(NetworkResponse response) {
        //Initialise local responseHeaders map with response headers received
        responseHeaders = response.headers;
        //Pass the response data here
        return Response.success(, HttpHeaderParser.parseCacheHeaders(response));

Now just send request though our custom class with Request.Method.GET and the url from where you want to doenload the file.

String mUrl= <YOUR_URL>;
InputStreamVolleyRequest request = new InputStreamVolleyRequest(Request.Method.GET, mUrl,
        new Response.Listener<byte[]>() { 
             public void onResponse(byte[] response) { 
           // TODO handle the response 
            try { 
            if (response!=null) {
              FileOutputStream outputStream;
              String name=<FILE_NAME_WITH_EXTENSION e.g reference.txt>;
                outputStream = openFileOutput(name, Context.MODE_PRIVATE);
                Toast.makeText(this, "Download complete.", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
        } catch (Exception e) {
            // TODO Auto-generated catch block
            Log.d("KEY_ERROR", "UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD FILE");
} ,new Response.ErrorListener() {
  public void onErrorResponse(VolleyError error) {
    // TODO handle the error
}, null);
          RequestQueue mRequestQueue = Volley.newRequestQueue(getApplicationContext(), new HurlStack());

Now go to your application folder data/data// and there is your file you can also download the file to external stoage.

You can access the files in internal storage using


It returns the file with that name from the internal directory of application and null if there is no file with such name. Dont forget to add extenion of the file with the name.

hope this can help you , Let me know if you have any questions or comments.


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