How to list PDF files from Storage and View on Click

In this example, we have shown to list all the PDF files from internal or external storage on the app and build a list. And whenever the user taps or pressed on it, show it on the next page. See the example below and learn how to list all PDF files from the internal storage or SD card on the app and view it when the user chooses from the list.

To list and view PDF files from internal/external storage, you have to use flutter_file_manager, pathflutter_full_pdf_viewer , and path_provider_ex flutter package. Add the following lines in your pubspec.yaml file to add this package to your dependency.

    sdk: flutter
  path: ^1.6.4
  path_provider_ex: ^1.0.1
  flutter_file_manager: ^0.2.0
  flutter_full_pdf_viewer: ^1.0.6

Add read / write permissions in your android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml before <application> tag.

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

If you are still get the Permission Denied error, add the following line on AndroidManifest.xml file.


lib/main.dart: Flutter dart code, see the explanation in the comment.

import 'dart:io';
import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:flutter/widgets.dart';
import 'package:flutter_file_manager/flutter_file_manager.dart';
import 'package:flutter_full_pdf_viewer/full_pdf_viewer_scaffold.dart';
import 'package:path_provider_ex/path_provider_ex.dart';
//import package files

void main() => runApp(MyApp());
class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return  MaterialApp(
          home: MyPDFList(), //call MyPDF List file

//apply this class on home: attribute at MaterialApp()
class MyPDFList extends StatefulWidget{
  State<StatefulWidget> createState() {
    return _MyPDFList(); //create state 

class _MyPDFList extends State<MyPDFList>{
  var files;
  void getFiles() async { //asyn function to get list of files
      List<StorageInfo> storageInfo = await PathProviderEx.getStorageInfo();
      var root = storageInfo[0].rootDir; //storageInfo[1] for SD card, geting the root directory
      var fm = FileManager(root: Directory(root)); //
      files = await fm.filesTree( 
        excludedPaths: ["/storage/emulated/0/Android"],
        extensions: ["pdf"] //optional, to filter files, list only pdf files
      setState(() {}); //update the UI

  void initState() {
    getFiles(); //call getFiles() function on initial state. 

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
        title:Text("PDF File list from SD Card"),
        backgroundColor: Colors.redAccent
      body:files == null? Text("Searching Files"):
           ListView.builder(  //if file/folder list is grabbed, then show here
              itemCount: files?.length ?? 0,
              itemBuilder: (context, index) {
                    return Card(
                         title: Text(files[index].path.split('/').last),
                         leading: Icon(Icons.picture_as_pdf),
                         trailing: Icon(Icons.arrow_forward, color: Colors.redAccent,),
                         onTap: (){
                           Navigator.push(context, MaterialPageRoute(builder: (context){
                             return ViewPDF(pathPDF:files[index].path.toString());
                             //open viewPDF page on click

class ViewPDF extends StatelessWidget {
  String pathPDF = "";

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return PDFViewerScaffold( //view PDF 
        appBar: AppBar(
          title: Text("Document"),
          backgroundColor: Colors.deepOrangeAccent,
        path: pathPDF


List of PDF Files PDF viewer

In this way, you can make your own PDF viewer, where you can list PDF files from local storage, and view when the user chooses it.

4 Comments on this Article


Sir, some of the packages like path_provider_ex are deprecated now, so it would be helpful if you could update the source code accordingly.

Thanking you in advance!

1 year ago

Eng Omar

it is work but there are som problems like  it load all pdf file withn that pdf file is in other folder and there are problem with permmision in some divece

2 years ago

Hari Prasad Chaudhary

Hi, You can ask for storage permission before accessing it. Here we have code just to grab the list. 

2 years ago

Amjad Majeed

Osm it works fine for me ,thank you sir


2 years ago

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