how to attach multiple files to email client in android

I am using Intent .ACTION_SEND to get default email client. It works fine but now i need to attach more than one file to email.

email.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_STREAM,...) attaches only last uri added to it.

So can I attach multiple files? I think this can be done by using Intent.ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE. Here is the code I am trying:

String uri=getScreenShot();

Intent email = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);
            email.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, Uri.parse(uri));
            email.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, Uri.parse("file:"+csvpath));
            ctx.startActivity(Intent.createChooser(email, "Send mail..."));

Thanks in advance.


That works:

final Intent ei = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE);
ei.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, new String[] {"me@somewhere.nodomain"});
ei.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "That one works");

then add files' uris:

ArrayList<Uri> uris = new ArrayList<Uri>();

ei.putParcelableArrayListExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, uris);
startActivityForResult(Intent.createChooser(ei, "Sending multiple attachment"), 12345);

Hope that helps.

you can use putParcelableArrayListExtra method of Intent as shown below, instead of using like this email.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, Uri.parse(uri)); , you can use an ArrayList as shown below

ArrayList<Uri> uris = new ArrayList<Uri>();
    //convert from paths to Android friendly Parcelable Uri's
    for (String file : filePaths)
        File fileIn = new File(file);
        Uri u = Uri.fromFile(fileIn);
     email.putParcelableArrayListExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, uris);

Here is function that will do the job :)

public static void sendEmailMulipleFiles(Context context, String toAddress, String subject, String body, ArrayList<String> attachmentPath) throws Exception {
    try {
        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE);
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, new String[] { toAddress });
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, subject);
        intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, body);
        PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();
        List<ResolveInfo> matches = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);
        ResolveInfo best = null;
        for (final ResolveInfo info : matches) {
            if (info.activityInfo.packageName.contains(".gm.") ||"gmail"))
                best = info;
        ArrayList<Uri> uri = new ArrayList<Uri>();
        for (int i = 0; i < attachmentPath.size(); i++) {
            File file = new File(attachmentPath.get(i));

        intent.putParcelableArrayListExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, uri);

        if (best != null)

        context.startActivity(Intent.createChooser(intent, "Choose an email application..."));
    } catch (Exception ex) {
        throw ex;

After 1 day work finally I am able to attach multiple image files from \sdcard\accident\ folder to email client. For attaching multiple files I had to add the images to the ContentResolver which is responsible for gallery images provider. Here is the Complete Code ---

Intent sendIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND_MULTIPLE);
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, new String[] {""});
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Accident Capture");
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, emailBody);

ArrayList<Uri> uriList = getUriListForImages();
sendIntent.putParcelableArrayListExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, uriList);
Log.d(TAG, "Size of the ArrayList :: " +uriList.size());
FormHolderActivity.this.startActivity(Intent.createChooser(sendIntent, "Email:"));

So there is no change in the First Section of Code -- But Change is in getUriListForImages() method which is as follows---

    private ArrayList<Uri> getUriListForImages() throws Exception {
                ArrayList<Uri> myList = new ArrayList<Uri>();
                String imageDirectoryPath = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().getAbsolutePath()+ "/accident/";
                File imageDirectory = new File(imageDirectoryPath);
                String[] fileList = imageDirectory.list();
                if(fileList.length != 0) {
                    for(int i=0; i<fileList.length; i++)
                            ContentValues values = new ContentValues(7);
                            values.put(Images.Media.TITLE, fileList[i]);
                            values.put(Images.Media.DISPLAY_NAME, fileList[i]);
                            values.put(Images.Media.DATE_TAKEN, new Date().getTime());
                            values.put(Images.Media.MIME_TYPE, "image/jpeg");
                            values.put(Images.ImageColumns.BUCKET_ID, imageDirectoryPath.hashCode());
                            values.put(Images.ImageColumns.BUCKET_DISPLAY_NAME, fileList[i]);
                            values.put("_data", imageDirectoryPath + fileList[i]);
                            ContentResolver contentResolver = getApplicationContext().getContentResolver();
                            Uri uri = contentResolver.insert(Images.Media.EXTERNAL_CONTENT_URI, values);
                        } catch (Exception e) {
                return myList;

This is working fine and I am able to attach multiple image files to emulator default email client and send then successfully .

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