Progress bar and downloading a file sample program in Android

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This sample android program shows you how to show Progress Bar in Android. In this program many concepts are explained. A button is shown and when clicked, a big file is downloaded from flickr. The downloaded file is saved to the sdcard in the android phone. While the download is still in progress, a progress bar is shown with the actual percentage of download. So the code below explains, downloading a file from a server, saving a file to the sdcard and showing a progress bar all in one android program.

The file is as follows:

package com.javasamples;


import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;

public class download extends Activity {
    public static final int DIALOG_DOWNLOAD_PROGRESS = 0;
    private Button startBtn;
    private ProgressDialog mProgressDialog;
    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        startBtn = (Button)findViewById(;
        startBtn.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener(){
            public void onClick(View v) {

    private void startDownload() {
        String url = "";
        new DownloadFileAsync().execute(url);
    protected Dialog onCreateDialog(int id) {
        switch (id) {
			mProgressDialog = new ProgressDialog(this);
			mProgressDialog.setMessage("Downloading file..");
			return mProgressDialog;
			return null;

class DownloadFileAsync extends AsyncTask<String, String, String> {
	protected void onPreExecute() {

	protected String doInBackground(String... aurl) {
		int count;

	try {

	URL url = new URL(aurl[0]);
	URLConnection conexion = url.openConnection();

	int lenghtOfFile = conexion.getContentLength();
	Log.d("ANDRO_ASYNC", "Lenght of file: " + lenghtOfFile);

	InputStream input = new BufferedInputStream(url.openStream());
	OutputStream output = new FileOutputStream("/sdcard/some_photo_from_gdansk_poland.jpg");

	byte data[] = new byte[1024];

	long total = 0;

		while ((count = != -1) {
			total += count;
			output.write(data, 0, count);

	} catch (Exception e) {}
	return null;

	protected void onProgressUpdate(String... progress) {

	protected void onPostExecute(String unused) {

The output of this program will be as shown in the android emulator below.

The main.xml file in your res/layout folder is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
		android:text="@string/hello" />
		android:text="Start long running task.."

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