Checking whether a certain MIME type is supported on Symbian

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Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia N95 8GB
Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition, FP1
Keywords: CDocumentHandler, TDataType, CDocumentHandler::CanOpenL()
Created: tapla (09 Jun 2008)
Last edited: hamishwillee (13 Jun 2012)



This code snippet demonstrates how to use the Document Handler API for querying whether the system supports a certain MIME type.

This snippet can be self-signed.

MMP file

The following libraries are required:

LIBRARY apmime.lib    // TDataType
LIBRARY commonui.lib // CDocumentHandler

Header file

#include <DocumentHandler.h>
private:  // Data
CDocumentHandler* iDocHandler;

Source file

#include <DocumentHandler.h>
iDocHandler = CDocumentHandler::NewL(CEikonEnv::Static()->Process());
_LIT8(KAudioBasicMimeType, "audio/basic");
TDataType audioDataType(KAudioBasicMimeType);
TBool result = EFalse;
TRAPD(err, result = iDocHandler->CanOpenL(audioDataType));
if (err == KMimeNotSupported)
// MIME type is not supported
else if (result && !err)
// Basic audio can be handled
else if (!result && !err)
// Basic audio cannot be handled
// Some other error


The Document Handler API has queried whether the audio/basic MIME type is supported by the system.

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