PhoneGap/Cordova Example - Getting File Metadata (and an update to the FAQ)

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I decided to move my PhoneGap/Cordova FileSystem FAQ from a Google Doc to my Cordova Examples repository. I figured this would make it a bit easier for folks to edit and simpler for me to commit those changes. You can find the FAQ here:

PhoneGap Cordova File System FAQ

In doing so I decided to quickly knock out one of the questions - how to get metadata about files. This is rather trivial, so my demo app is rather trivial, but hopefully it will help folks. The basic gist is - once you have a FileEntry object, you can then fetch the File object itself (MDN Docs) and fetch various properties. Here is a super simple demo roughly based on the ones I showed earlier. It uses window.resolveLocalFileSystemURL to get index.html.

document.addEventListener("deviceready", init, false);
function init() {
	//This alias is a read-only pointer to the app itself
	window.resolveLocalFileSystemURL(cordova.file.applicationDirectory + "www/index.html", gotFile, fail);


function fail(e) {
	console.log("FileSystem Error");

function gotFile(fileEntry) {

	fileEntry.file(function(file) {
		var s = "";
		s += "<b>name:</b> " + + "<br/>";
		s += "<b>localURL:</b> " + file.localURL + "<br/>";
		s += "<b>type:</b> " + file.type + "<br/>";
		s += "<b>lastModifiedDate:</b> " + (new Date(file.lastModifiedDate)) + "<br/>";
		s += "<b>size:</b> " + file.size + "<br/>";
		document.querySelector("#status").innerHTML = s;

Here is a sample of it running in iOS. (Be aware - there is a bug with Android that may prevent this from working. It is reported at the Cordova site.)

So - yeah - not rocket science - but hopefully helpful. This "application" can be grabbed from my Cordova repo:

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