File Picker In Flutter


In this blog, we will learn and implement file picker in flutter. We are going to use file_picker package from file_picker package is very easy to use to select files from native file explorer, it allows you to use platform native file explorer to select files. It supports single and multiple file selection and also extension filtering to pick the files. File picker allow us to select different types of files like image, video, audio, pdf, document etc.

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Implementing file_picker in flutter app:

Create a new flutter project & add flutter picker package

open pubspec.yaml file & add file_picker

Step 1: Create a flutter project & add file_picker dependencies

then run flutter pub get command to download the package into your flutter project.

Step 2: import file_picker.dart:

Once you have added the dependencies package succesfully, to use file_picker you need to import it.

Now, you are ready to easily pick files in the Flutter app.

Properties of PickFiles:

For Single file: If you want to pick a single file then no need to pass allowMultiple, default value is false for allowMultiple.

For Multiple file: If you want to pick more then one file at once(multiple file picking), you need to use below code.

2. allowedExtensions: : Allow only specific extensions file to be picker.
Eg: allowedExtensions: [‘jpg’, ‘pdf’, ‘png’]

Selected file details:

After picked files using filepicker, you can read the details of file like name of file, size of file, type of file(extensions) and path of selected file.

For select a directory:



Here is the output of our file picker flutter simple example.


This is just a simple example of file picker in flutter. You can extend this file picker and customize this as your need.

You can go through the official documentation here for more details.

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  • ajith
    how pick a file from cloud files
    • Mohit Kumar (Moderator)
      Hello ajith

      We have explained the simple use of the file picker. We will mentioned the blog link when write a blog on your point in future.
      You can check the official document for more details about file picker.

  • chaithra.e
    I tried to select the zip file using file picker but its not working , like the file is getting select but the data in the file is not going to backend the data in file is getting erased.can you help me out with this problem
    • Mohit Kumar (Moderator)
      Hi chaithra.e

      Please follow the step properly that we mentioned in this blog, If still you getting issues then please follow the below link.

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