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Access Data Files for Local Tests in Android

March 9th, 2016 - Software(1 min)

TL;DR: Put your data files in test/resources and access it with:

InputStream inputStream = this.getClass()

I’ve got an android application with a module performing data processing (HTML scraping in fact). This part is pure java and all its tests are in the src/test path.

My particular problem is that I have a set of (large-ish) files to be parsed by the tests and I need a reliable way to access these files. I know that best practice would be to keep the files inline, but dumping 300k-ish content in strings for a 10-line test is not ideal.

I’ve been reading various sources. I’ve tried the gradle trick to no avail. Then I found a simpler way, given this is pure java code (local tests):

  • Put all your files in test/resources

  • Access them either via InputStream or URL with something along the lines of:

    InputStream getFileStream(String path) {
        InputStream inputStream = this.getClass()
        return inputStream;

…where path is the relative path to src/test/resources.

With the current arrangement (AS 2.0.0-beta6, gradle 2.10), the resources are copied into build/intermediates/sourceFolderJavaResources


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