SD Scanner

SD Scanner


An app to force Android to scan a storage medium for media and other files. Uses a method compatible with 4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop, tested on my Nexus 5.

In Android 4.4 KitKat, the method used by most older programs to rescan a storage medium no longer works. Instead, an interface must be used that only allows one file to be specified at a time. This app works by determining what files/folders might need to be scanned again, and then by calling the correct API on each file/folder.

This app is licensed under the GNU GPL v2 or later, with source code available at http://github.com/jerickson314/sdscanner

SD Scanner can be used with Tasker by using the "Send Intent" action listed under "System."
Use the following settings, leaving the ones I don't list at the default:
Action: android.intent.action.RUN
Package: com.gmail.jerickson314.sdscanner
Class: com.gmail.jerickson314.sdscanner.MainActivity
Target: Activity

If anyone wants to write a proper Tasker plugin, I'll happily take a Pull Request on Github.

Additional contributions from the following:
- Czech translation: Jaroslav Lichtblau
- Chinese translation: Laurence Chiu
- Russian translation: Github user "relan"
- UI tweaks: relan

Recent changes:
1.11:
- Tweak wording on "ignore updated/changed" option.
- Added translations for the new option.
- Skips empty directories, as on some devices these forever show up as files in MTP if scanned.
- Doesn't follow symlinks outside of scan directory. Should only affect rooted devices, but following these can cause problems.

1.10:
- Option to ignore updated and changed files outside scan directory.
- Fix a rare crash.
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4.1
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File size
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About SD Scanner
An app to force Android to scan a storage medium for media and other files. Uses a method compatible with 4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop, tested on my Nexus 5.

In Android 4.4 KitKat, the method used by most older programs to rescan a storage medium no longer works. Instead, an interface must be used that only allows one file to be specified at a time. This app works by determining what files/folders might need to be scanned again, and then by calling the correct API on each file/folder.

This app is licensed under the GNU GPL v2 or later, with source code available at http://github.com/jerickson314/sdscanner

SD Scanner can be used with Tasker by using the "Send Intent" action listed under "System."
Use the following settings, leaving the ones I don't list at the default:
Action: android.intent.action.RUN
Package: com.gmail.jerickson314.sdscanner
Class: com.gmail.jerickson314.sdscanner.MainActivity
Target: Activity

If anyone wants to write a proper Tasker plugin, I'll happily take a Pull Request on Github.

Additional contributions from the following:
- Czech translation: Jaroslav Lichtblau
- Chinese translation: Laurence Chiu
- Russian translation: Github user "relan"
- UI tweaks: relan

Recent changes:
1.11:
- Tweak wording on "ignore updated/changed" option.
- Added translations for the new option.
- Skips empty directories, as on some devices these forever show up as files in MTP if scanned.
- Doesn't follow symlinks outside of scan directory. Should only affect rooted devices, but following these can cause problems.

1.10:
- Option to ignore updated and changed files outside scan directory.
- Fix a rare crash.

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Android Market Comments
A Google User
May 11, 2015
Best Can detect my music
A Google User
May 5, 2015
Best app ever!!!! My music player stopped working and i could not fix it for anything. After downloading other music player that also did not work, i read about a media storage bug and that you should delete data and rescan. I deleted the data but it would not rescan my external sd card. This is where this app comes in. It was quick and easy and now my music app works again. Thank you developer for allowing me to listen to my music again.
A Google User
May 3, 2015
Didn't show music I have 30+ albums that no longer get read due to the lollipop os update, this app didn't even get one of them to show
A Google User
May 2, 2015
It worked while every other options failed Great job. Thanks.
A Google User
May 1, 2015
What the fuck is wrong with this app I am trying to search in a specific folder but it is doing full search, what bullshit is this, just wasted my time, and even when the loading bar gets full it keeps going on, total crap
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