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The FileSystemDirectoryEntry interface's method createReader() returns a FileSystemDirectoryReader object which can be used to read the entries in the directory.


directoryReader = FileSystemDirectoryEntry.createReader();



Return value

A FileSystemDirectoryReader object which can be used to read the directory's entries.


This example creates a method called readDirectory(), which fetches all of the entries in the specified FileSystemDirectoryEntry and returns them in an array.

function readDirectory(directory) {
  let dirReader = directory.createReader();
  let entries = [];

  let getEntries = function() {
    dirReader.readEntries(function(results) {
      if (results.length) {
        entries = entries.concat(toArray(results));
    }, function(error) {
      /* handle error -- error is a FileError object */

  return entries;

This works by creating an internal function, getEntries(), which calls itself recursively to get all the entries in the directory, concatenating each batch to the array. Each iteration, readEntries() is called to get more entries. When it returns an empty array, the end of the directory has been reached, and the recursion ends. Once control is returned to readDirectory(), the array is returned to the caller.


Specification Status Comment
File and Directory Entries API
The definition of 'createReader()' in that specification.
Draft Initial specification.

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