This library includes a very fast, easy way to use ContentProvider! Using annotations, you can generate ContentProvider with ease.

Getting Started

This feature is largely based off of schematic, while leveraging DBFlow's power.

Placeholder ContentProvider

In order to define a ContentProvider, you must define it in a placeholder class:

@ContentProvider(authority = TestContentProvider.AUTHORITY,
        database = TestDatabase::class,
        baseContentUri = TestContentProvider.BASE_CONTENT_URI)
object TestContentProvider {

    const val AUTHORITY = "com.dbflow5.test.provider"

    const val BASE_CONTENT_URI = "content://"


or you can use the annotation in any class you wish. The recommended place would be in a @Database placeholder class. This is to simplify some of the declarations and keep it all in one place. Any database this annotated class references must extend ContentProviderDatabase

@ContentProvider(authority = TestDatabase.AUTHORITY,
        database = TestDatabase::class,
        baseContentUri = TestDatabase.BASE_CONTENT_URI)
@Database(name = TestDatabase.NAME, version = TestDatabase.VERSION)
abstract class TestDatabase: ContentProviderDatabase() {
    companion object {

      const val NAME = "TestDatabase"

      const val VERSION = 1

      const val AUTHORITY = "com.dbflow5.test.provider"

      const val BASE_CONTENT_URI = "content://"


Adding To Manifest

In other applications or your current's AndroidManifest.xml add the generated $Provider class:


android:exported: setting this to true, enables other applications to make use of it.

True is recommended for outside application access.

Note you must have at least one @TableEndpoint for it to compile/pass error checking

Adding endpoints into the data

There are two ways of defining @TableEndpoint:

  1. Create an inner class within the @ContentProvider annotation.

    1. Or Add the annotation to a @Table and specify the content provider class name (ex. TestContentProvider)

@TableEndpoint: links up a query, insert, delete, and update to a specific table in the ContentProvider local database.

Some recommendations:

  1. (if inside a @ContentProvider class) Name the inner class same as the table it's referencing

  2. Create a const val ENDPOINT = "{tableName}" field for reusability

  3. Create buildUri() method (see below) to aid in creating other ones.

To define one:

object ContentProviderModel {

    const val ENDPOINT = "ContentProviderModel"

    fun buildUri(vararg paths: String): Uri {
        val builder = Uri.parse(BASE_CONTENT_URI + AUTHORITY).buildUpon()
        for (path in paths) {

    @ContentUri(path = ContentProviderModel.ENDPOINT,
            type = ContentUri.ContentType.VND_MULTIPLE + ENDPOINT)
    val CONTENT_URI = buildUri(ENDPOINT);


or via the table it belongs to

@TableEndpoint(name = ContentProviderModel.NAME, contentProvider = ContentDatabase::class)
@Table(database = ContentDatabase::class, name = ContentProviderModel.NAME, generateContentValues = true)
class ContentProviderModel(@PrimaryKey(autoincrement = true)
                           var id: Long = 0,
                           var notes: String? = null,
                           var title: String? = null) : BaseProviderModel() {

    override val deleteUri get() = TestContentProvider.ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI

    override val insertUri get() = TestContentProvider.ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI

    override val updateUri get() = TestContentProvider.ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI

    override val queryUri get() = TestContentProvider.ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI

    companion object {

        const val NAME = "ContentProviderModel"

        @ContentUri(path = NAME, type = "${ContentType.VND_MULTIPLE}${NAME}")
        val CONTENT_URI = ContentUtils.buildUriWithAuthority(ContentDatabase.AUTHORITY)

There are much more detailed usages of the @ContentUri annotation. Those will be in a later section.

Connect Model operations to the newly created ContentProvider

There are two kinds of Model that connect your application to a ContentProvider that was defined in your app, or another app. Extend these for convenience, however they are not required.

BaseProviderModel: Overrides all Model methods and performs them on the ContentProvider

BaseSyncableProviderModel: same as above, except it will synchronize the data changes with the local app database as well!

Interacting with the Content Provider

You can use the ContentUtils methods:

val contentProviderModel: ContentProviderModel = ...; // some instance

val count = ContentUtils.update(contentResolver, ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI, contentProviderModel)

val uri = ContentUtils.insert(contentResolver, ContentProviderModel.CONTENT_URI, contentProviderModel)

val count = ContentUtils.delete(contentResolver, someContentUri, contentProviderModel)

Recommended usage is extending BaseSyncableProviderModel (for inter-app usage) so the local database contains the same data. Otherwise BaseProviderModel works just as well.

MyModel model = new MyModel(); = 5;
model.load(database<ContentDatabase>()) // queries the content provider

model.someProp = "Hello"
model.update(database<ContentDatabase>()) // runs an update on the CP

model.insert(database<ContentDatabase>()) // inserts the data into the CP

Advanced Usage

Notify Methods

You can define @Notify method to specify a custom interaction with the ContentProvider and return a custom Uri[] that notifies the contained ContentResolver. These methods can have any valid parameter from the ContentProvider methods.

Supported kinds include: 1. Update 2. Insert 3. Delete


@Notify(method = NotifyMethod.UPDATE,
paths = {}) // specify paths that will call this method when specified.
fun onUpdate(context: Context, uri: Uri): Array<Uri> {

  return arrayOf(...) // return custom uris here

ContentUri Advanced

Path Segments

Path segments enable you to "filter" the uri query, update, insert, and deletion by a specific column and a value define by '#'.

To specify one, this is an example path

path = "Friends/#/#"

then match up the segments as:

segments = [@PathSegment(segment = 1, column = "id"),
    @PathSegment(segment = 2, column = "name")]

And to put it all together:

@ContentUri(type = ContentType.VND_MULTIPLE,
path = "Friends/#/#",
segments = [@PathSegment(segment = 1, column = "id"),
    @PathSegment(segment = 2, column = "name")])
fun withIdAndName(int id, String name): Uri = buildUri(id, name)

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