Access files, folders, and data from your app.
File pickers give users explicit control over which files and folders your app can access, and give you an easy way to let users specify the name or location of a file to save. Call the file picker to let your users choose the files and folders that they want your app to work with. (And when the user gives your app access to a folder through the file picker, your app also gets access to that folder and all of its subfolders.)
If your app works with individual files or small lists of files, like most apps, these file picker interactions may be all you need to access files and folders for your app. If you don't need additional file system access, you can minimize your app's capability declarations and potentially simplify the review process when you submit your app to the Store. See File access and permissions to learn more about default file system permissions and the file picker.
For example, in this screen shot an email app called the file picker so that the user could choose a picture from Pictures.
And in this screen shot the Reader app called the file picker so that the user could specify the file name and location of the file to save.
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If your app has permission to access files and folders in a particular location, you can enumerate and access all the files in that location. See File access and permissions to learn which locations your app has access to automatically, and learn about ways your app can gain access to additional locations.
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All apps can store and manage app-specific files and data on the local file system or the cloud, including resource files in the app package.
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You can read and write data to a file directly or by using streams.
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Apps can use data sources to retrieve data from underlying sources, such as databases, files, or RSS feeds. A data source can manipulate the data and display it in controls such as ListView or FlipView.
Access files and folders that are in a location like a folder, library, device, or network location. You can also query the files and folders in a location by constructing file and folder queries.
Read and write a file using a StorageFile object.
Get properties for a file represented by a StorageFile object.
Track files that your user accesses frequently by adding them to your app's most recently used list. The platform manages the mostRecentlyUsedList for you by sorting items based on when they were last accessed and by removing the oldest item when the list's 25-item limit is reached. All apps have their own mostRecentlyUsedList.
Access content stored in the user's HomeGroup folder, including pictures, music, and videos.
You can use selective wipe to identify protected files in your app that can be revoked when a user of your app is no longer authorized to your app data. This is a common scenario for businesses that allow employees to bring their own device to work. When the employee leaves the company, the company files on their personal device can be removed.
Determine if a Microsoft OneDrive file is available using the StorageFile.isAvailable property.
In the Hub/Pivot, Hub, Pivot, Grid, and Split templates, the code that obtains the data needed for the app is in the data.js file. This file represents a sample data source for the app.
Develop an app that uses a custom file to pass info from the OEM to the app.
This section includes Quickstart and How-to topics explaining and illustrating how to incorporate file pickers into your apps.