Cannot create files on Android with Xamarin


Solution 1

I finally realized that File.create() was not the problem. I had code like this:

string tmpFilePath = FilesDir.AbsolutePath.stringByAppendingPath (f.Path);
Java.IO.File tmpFile = new Java.IO.File( tmpFilePath);
tmpFile.Mkdirs ();

Yet, Mkdirs() does not only create all intermediate directories – as I had assumed – but also creates a directory at the file path itself. So the file could not be created because there already was a directory with the same name. The correct way is:

string tmpFile = FilesDir.AbsolutePath.stringByAppendingPath (f.Path);
Java.IO.File tmpParentFolder = new Java.IO.File(tmpFile).getParentFile();
tmpParentFolder.Mkdirs ();

In my defense, an FileExistsAndIsDirectory exception would have been much more helpful than the UnauthorizedAccessException

Solution 2

You should use Environment or IsolatedStorage. For example:

var path = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.ApplicationData);
var filename = Path.Combine(path, "newFile.png");

Solution 3

I am coding Xamarin with VS2013. I had the access denied error for a directory created with the application I am writing. My application creates a directory called /storage/emulated/0/POIApp by concatenating via:

System.IO.Path.Combine(Android.OS.Environment.ExternalStorageDirectory.Path, "POIApp");

I found that I had to use VS2013 to edit the "properties" of my application (POIApp), i.e., right-click the project icon in the solution explorer; choose properties from the pop-up menu. A new tab appears in the main VS2013 window. On the left there are a few choices, e.g., Application, Android Manifest, Android Options, Build, etc. Choose "Android Manifest". At the bottom of the main panel is a section "required permissions". My problem was solved when I checked "READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" and "WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE".

Solution 4

Add the following permission to Android.Manifest file

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

Solution 5

Using Mono, I think must be the same as in Xamarin Studio.

var path = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.ApplicationData);
File.Create(path + "newFile.png");
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Updated on July 11, 2020


  • codingFriend1
    codingFriend1 almost 4 years

    I have a Xamarin-Studio App for Android and I simply want to download files and save them locally. But when I try to create a file in the files folder I get an exception:


    gives me:

    Access to the path 'data/data/' is denied.

    What am I doing wrong?

  • codingFriend1
    codingFriend1 over 10 years
    Doesn't that give me the file path to the SD-Card? I need to write the the internal storage within the Apps bundle.
  • Krumelur
    Krumelur over 10 years
    Try Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.MyDocume‌​nts);
  • Ashish-BeJovial
    Ashish-BeJovial almost 8 years
    System.Environment Does not contain the method GetFolderPath
  • Ashish-BeJovial
    Ashish-BeJovial almost 8 years