Share Intent Builder

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Share Intent Builder

An Android Library for the type-safe creation of Share Intents.


Creating a simple share intent is as easy as this:

Intent shareIntent = ShareIntentBuilder.from(activity)

.text("Text to share")


ShareIntentBuilder also supports adding optional extras and directly launching the share action:


.text("Sharing is caring!")

.subject("Very important message")

.to("[email protected]")

.cc("[email protected]")


Of course sharing one or multiple data streams (see EXTRA_STREAM) is also supported.


// stream(Uri) will fetch the type using the ContentResolver

// supplied by the activity (calls getType() on the content provider)


// you can avoid that by explicitly specifying the type

.stream(Uri.parse("content://com.example.provider/23"), "image/png")


According to the documentation supplying both EXTRA_TEXT and EXTRA_STREAM is not allowed. However, some receiving apps support this. So if you really have to, you can use ShareIntentBuilder to do this by calling ignoreSpecification() first.



.text("EXTRA_TEXT content that may or may not be used by the receiving app")

.stream(Uri.parse("content://com.example.provider/42"), "application/octet-stream")


Include the library

The easiest way to add the library to your project is via Gradle. Add the following lines to your build.gradle:

dependencies {

  compile 'de.cketti.share:share-intent-builder:0.0.2' 

To tell Gradle where to find the library, make sure build.gradle also contains this:

repositories {


Note: jcenter() - the new default when creating projects with Android Studio - will work as well.


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