Using files as raw resources in Android

Why need such type of resources, we can get data from /assets, /res folders and now I am going to show /res/raw folder.

It is simple, raw resources are not compiled by the platform, they available as raw files and these files can refer to any type of files. When you need to include raw files in your application you can do so using /res/raw resources location. When you will place files here, they will be available as raw resources. Getting raw resources is similar to getting files, you need InputStream, and you use Context. Context you will use for getting Resources and after that you can get your raw file. It is simple:

InputStream inputStream = getResources().openRawResource(R.raw.rawresource);

I am going to show example how you can access and read files from /res/raw folder, file for my example which is located under raw folder is simple text file.

Okay. Let’s look to the example:


import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.EditText;

 * This example show how to use raw files from /raw folder
 * @author FaYnaSoft Labs
public class Main extends Activity {
	private static String LOG_APP_TAG = "tag";

	private EditText editField;

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        editField = (EditText) findViewById(;

        findViewById( View.OnClickListener() {

			public void onClick(View v) {
				InputStream inputStream = null;
				try {
					inputStream = getResources().openRawResource(R.raw.hello_world);
					byte[] reader = new byte[inputStream.available()];
					while ( != -1) {}
					editField.setText(new String(reader));
				} catch(IOException e) {
					Log.e(LOG_APP_TAG, e.getMessage());
				} finally {
					if (inputStream != null) {
						try {
						} catch (IOException e) {
							Log.e(LOG_APP_TAG, e.getMessage());

As you can see after receiving InputStream object I can do what I want. Here I read this file’s data and set this data to EditText component.

Note: don’t forget that raw files can be not only text files they can be in any formats.

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