Cordova - File Transfer

This plugin is used for uploading and downloading files.

Step 1 - Installing File Transfer Plugin

We need to open command prompt and run the following command to install the plugin.

C:\Users\username\Desktop\CordovaProject>cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-file-transfer

Step 2 - Create Buttons

In this chapter, we will show you how to upload and download files. Let's create two buttons in index.html

<button id = "uploadFile">UPLOAD</button>
<button id = "downloadFile">DOWNLOAD</button>

Step 3 - Add Event Listeners

Event listeners will be created in index.js inside the onDeviceReady function. We are adding click events and callback functions.

document.getElementById("uploadFile").addEventListener("click", uploadFile);
document.getElementById("downloadFile").addEventListener("click", downloadFile);

Step 4A - Download Function

This function will be used for downloading the files from server to device. We uploaded file to to make things more simple. You will probably want to use your own server. The function is placed in index.js and will be triggered when the corresponding button is pressed. uri is the server download link and fileURI is the path to the DCIM folder on our device.

function downloadFile() {
   var fileTransfer = new FileTransfer();
   var uri = encodeURI("");
   var fileURL =  "///storage/emulated/0/DCIM/myFile";
      uri, fileURL, function(entry) {
         console.log("download complete: " + entry.toURL());
      function(error) {
         console.log("download error source " + error.source);
         console.log("download error target " +;
         console.log("download error code" + error.code);
      false, {
         headers: {
            "Authorization": "Basic dGVzdHVzZXJuYW1lOnRlc3RwYXNzd29yZA=="

Once we press the DOWNLOAD button, the file will be downloaded from the server to our mobile device. We can check the specified folder and see that myFile is there.

Cordova File Transfer Download

The console output will look like this −

Cordova File Transfer Download Log

Step 4B - Upload Function

Now let's create a function that will take the file and upload it to the server. Again, we want to simplify this as much as possible, so we will use online server for testing. The uri value will be linked for posting to posttestserver.

function uploadFile() {
   var fileURL = "///storage/emulated/0/DCIM/myFile"
   var uri = encodeURI("");
   var options = new FileUploadOptions();
   options.fileKey = "file";
   options.fileName = fileURL.substr(fileURL.lastIndexOf('/')+1);
   options.mimeType = "text/plain";
   var headers = {'headerParam':'headerValue'};
   options.headers = headers;
   var ft = new FileTransfer();
   ft.upload(fileURL, uri, onSuccess, onError, options);

   function onSuccess(r) {
      console.log("Code = " + r.responseCode);
      console.log("Response = " + r.response);
      console.log("Sent = " + r.bytesSent);

   function onError(error) {
      alert("An error has occurred: Code = " + error.code);
      console.log("upload error source " + error.source);
      console.log("upload error target " +;

Now we can press the UPLOAD button to trigger this function. We will get a console output as confirmation that the uploading was successful.

Cordova File Transfer Upload Log

We can also check the server to make sure that the file was uploaded.

Cordova File Transfer Upload Server Response
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