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How to list files and folders in Java ME

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This article demonstrates how to list files and folders of a mobile device. The FileConnection API (JSR-75) offers the FileConnection.list() method for this purpose. The FileConnection.directorySize() and FileConnection.fileSize() methods make it possible to get directory and file sizes.

The full source code for a test MIDlet:

Source code: FileListMIDlet.java

import javax.microedition.midlet.*;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.*;
import java.util.Enumeration;
import javax.microedition.io.file.*;
import javax.microedition.io.*;
import java.io.*;
public class FileListMIDlet extends MIDlet implements CommandListener {
private Form form;
private Command exitCommand;
public void startApp() {
form = new Form("C:/ contents");
exitCommand = new Command("Exit", Command.EXIT, 1);
public void pauseApp() {
public void destroyApp(boolean unconditional) {
protected void getFileList(String path) {
try {
FileConnection fc = (FileConnection)Connector.open(path, Connector.READ);
Enumeration filelist = fc.list("*", true); //also hidden files are shown
String filename;
while(filelist.hasMoreElements()) {
filename = (String) filelist.nextElement();
fc = (FileConnection)Connector.open(path + filename, Connector.READ);
if(fc.isDirectory()) {
long size = fc.directorySize(false);
form.append(filename+" - "+Integer.toString((int)size)+"B\n");
} else {
long size = fc.fileSize();
form.append(filename+" - "+Integer.toString((int)size)+"B\n");
catch (IOException ioe) {
System.out.println("IOException: "+ioe.getMessage());
catch (SecurityException se) {
System.out.println("SecurityException: "+se.getMessage());
public void commandAction(Command c, Displayable d) {
if (c == exitCommand) this.notifyDestroyed();

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