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From Richard Knoll <>
Subject RE: Native vs. File URIs
Date Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:52:53 GMT
Does that mean that FILE_URI should exclusively be returning URIs that follow the cdvfile://
scheme? Currently we never return those (at least, not in Android). Is there anything else
that can be defined as cross device?


-----Original Message-----
From: Jesse [] 
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: Native vs. File URIs

FILE_URI is cross device, NATIVE_URL is device specific, and intended to be used when you
need to know the REAL file path for something.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 9:25 AM, Richard Knoll <> wrote:

> Oh, so does it refer to the location rather than the type of URI? 
> That's fine with me, but if that is the case than we should still 
> probably be sure that whatever is returned from the call is of a consistent type (i.e.
> always using content or always using file).
> Richard
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shazron []
> Sent: Friday, November 6, 2015 5:52 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Native vs. File URIs
> I always thought a native URI was if the image was retrieved from the 
> ALAssetsLibrary (Photos Album).
> ence%2fALAssetsLibrary_Class%2f&data=01%7c01%7cRIKNOLL%40exchange.micr
> cd011db47%7c1&sdata=k5JGWbePhlj4jmLCekW9tZiBlU11sE5cUv%2fr%2bqPMYkU%3d
> and the file URI was the image we dumped into tmp.
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 11:43 AM, Richard Knoll <>
> wrote:
> > Hey all,
> >
> > I was wondering if anybody could clarify for me what the difference
> between FILE_URI and NATIVE_URI is in the camera plugin. Do we have a 
> clear definition of either? I assumed that FILE_URI would refer to an 
> actual path on the device (i.e. a URI using the "file" scheme) but the 
> docs for the camera plugin actually use a content URI as an example. 
> This seems counterintuitive, especially since the "content" scheme is 
> specific to Android. As it stands, FILE_URI and NATIVE_URI always 
> return the same thing in Android and can either give a content URI or 
> a file URI depending on the other camera options that are passed. I 
> think we need to be clear when returning URIs so that app developers 
> can tell what they have to do with it before they can use it in their 
> app. Also, it's worth noting that the FILE_URI and NATIVE_URI question 
> is complicated by the fact that on Android it is possible to pick 
> photos using apps like Google Photos which can choose files that have 
> no local path. I also would love some clarification as to where 
> "cdvfile" fits into all of this and the type of support it has across the plugins. This
is in regards to CB-9548, for those interested.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Richard
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