[ACCEPTED]-Custom filtering of intent chooser based on installed Android package name-android-intent

Accepted answer
Score: 112

Here is a solution i whipped up. I use it 7 to have different intent data for each selection 6 in the chooser, but you can easily remove 5 an intent from the list as well. Hope this 4 helps:

List<Intent> targetedShareIntents = new ArrayList<Intent>();
Intent shareIntent = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);
List<ResolveInfo> resInfo = getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(shareIntent, 0);
if (!resInfo.isEmpty()) {
    for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resInfo) {
        String packageName = resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName;
        Intent targetedShareIntent = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);
        targetedShareIntent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "subject to be shared");
        if (TextUtils.equals(packageName, "com.facebook.katana")) {
            targetedShareIntent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "http://link-to-be-shared.com");
        } else {
            targetedShareIntent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "text message to shared");
    Intent chooserIntent = Intent.createChooser(targetedShareIntents.remove(0), "Select app to share");
    chooserIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS, targetedShareIntents.toArray(new Parcelable[targetedShareIntents.size()]));


While using this method i get names 3 of some apps as android system. If anybody 2 get this error pls add below lines before 1 targetedShareIntents.add(targetedShareIntent);


source : Android share intent Twitter: How to share only by Tweet or Direct Message?

Score: 26

The only one additional parameter for the 10 chooser is Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS. Its description is:

A Parcelable[] of Intent 9 or LabeledIntent objects as set with putExtra(String, Parcelable[]) of additional activities 8 to place a the front of the list of choices, when 7 shown to the user with a ACTION_CHOOSER.

I haven't found 6 any way in Android sources to exclude other 5 activities from the list, so it seems there's 4 no way to do what you want to do using the 3 chooser.

EDIT: That's really easy to find out. Just 2 check ChooserActivity and ResolverActivity source code. These classes are 1 rather small.

Score: 7

I did an small modification to have a list 10 of the apps that you want to share with 9 by name. It is almost what you already posted 8 but adding the apps to share by name

String[] nameOfAppsToShareWith = new String[] { "facebook", "twitter", "gmail" };
String[] blacklist = new String[]{"com.any.package", "net.other.package"};
// your share intent
Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "some text");
intent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "a subject");
// ... anything else you want to add invoke custom chooser
startActivity(generateCustomChooserIntent(intent, blacklist));

private Intent generateCustomChooserIntent(Intent prototype,
            String[] forbiddenChoices)
        List<Intent> targetedShareIntents = new ArrayList<Intent>();
        List<HashMap<String, String>> intentMetaInfo = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>();
        Intent chooserIntent;

        Intent dummy = new Intent(prototype.getAction());
        List<ResolveInfo> resInfo = getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(dummy,0);

        if (!resInfo.isEmpty())
            for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resInfo)
                if (resolveInfo.activityInfo == null
                        || Arrays.asList(forbiddenChoices).contains(
                //Get all the posible sharers
                HashMap<String, String> info = new HashMap<String, String>();
                info.put("packageName", resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName);
                info.put("className", resolveInfo.activityInfo.name);
                String appName = String.valueOf(resolveInfo.activityInfo
                info.put("simpleName", appName);
                //Add only what we want
                if (Arrays.asList(nameOfAppsToShareWith).contains(

            if (!intentMetaInfo.isEmpty())
                // sorting for nice readability
                        new Comparator<HashMap<String, String>>()
                            @Override public int compare(
                                    HashMap<String, String> map,
                                    HashMap<String, String> map2)
                                return map.get("simpleName").compareTo(

                // create the custom intent list
                for (HashMap<String, String> metaInfo : intentMetaInfo)
                    Intent targetedShareIntent = (Intent) prototype.clone();
                String shareVia = getString(R.string.offer_share_via);
                String shareTitle = shareVia.substring(0, 1).toUpperCase()
                        + shareVia.substring(1);
                chooserIntent = Intent.createChooser(targetedShareIntents
                        .remove(targetedShareIntents.size() - 1), shareTitle);
                        targetedShareIntents.toArray(new Parcelable[] {}));
                return chooserIntent;

        return Intent.createChooser(prototype,

It almost 7 the same solution that Makibo posted but 6 with a little add to make an easy form of 5 picking the apps you want to share with 4 just by adding the name so you won't have 3 any problem in case they change the package 2 name or something like this. As long as 1 they don't change the name.

Score: 6

My implementation of custom open chooser.


  • apps are sorted in alphabetical order
  • handling default app defined by user
  • handling no apps case
  • filtering itself

public static Intent createOpenFileIntent(Context context, String pathToFile) {
    File file = new File(pathToFile);
    String extension = extensionFromName(file.getName());
    String mimeType = MimeTypeMap.getSingleton().getMimeTypeFromExtension(extension);
    if (mimeType == null) {
        //If android doesn't know extension we can check our own list.
        mimeType = KNOWN_MIME_TYPES.get(DataViewHelper.extensionFromName(file.getName()));

    Intent openIntent = new Intent();
    openIntent.setDataAndType(Uri.fromFile(file), mimeType);

    // 1. Check if there is a default app opener for this type of content.
    final PackageManager packageManager = context.getPackageManager();
    ResolveInfo defaultAppInfo = packageManager.resolveActivity(openIntent, PackageManager.MATCH_DEFAULT_ONLY);
    if (!defaultAppInfo.activityInfo.name.endsWith("ResolverActivity")) {
        return openIntent;

    // 2. Retrieve all apps for our intent. If there are no apps - return usual already created intent.
    List<Intent> targetedOpenIntents = new ArrayList<Intent>();
    List<ResolveInfo> appInfoList = packageManager.queryIntentActivities(openIntent, PackageManager.MATCH_DEFAULT_ONLY);
    if (appInfoList.isEmpty()) {
        return openIntent;

    // 3. Sort in alphabetical order, filter itself and create intent with the rest of the apps.
    Collections.sort(appInfoList, new Comparator<ResolveInfo>() {
        public int compare(ResolveInfo first, ResolveInfo second) {
            String firstName = packageManager.getApplicationLabel(first.activityInfo.applicationInfo).toString();
            String secondName = packageManager.getApplicationLabel(second.activityInfo.applicationInfo).toString();
            return firstName.compareToIgnoreCase(secondName);
    for (ResolveInfo appInfo : appInfoList) {
        String packageName = appInfo.activityInfo.packageName;
        if (packageName.equals(context.getPackageName())) {

        Intent targetedOpenIntent = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_VIEW)
                .setDataAndType(Uri.fromFile(file), mimeType)
    Intent chooserIntent = Intent.createChooser(targetedOpenIntents.remove(targetedOpenIntents.size() - 1), context.getString(R.string.context_menu_open_in))
            .putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS, targetedOpenIntents.toArray(new Parcelable[] {}));

    return chooserIntent;

public static String extensionFromName(String fileName) {
    int dotPosition = fileName.lastIndexOf('.');

    // If extension not present or empty
    if (dotPosition == -1 || dotPosition == fileName.length() - 1) {
        return "";
    } else {
        return fileName.substring(dotPosition + 1).toLowerCase(Locale.getDefault());


Score: 1

I was attempting to do the same thing but 9 with a ShareActionProvider. The method in 8 gumbercules's post didn't work well with 7 the ShareActionProvider so I copied and 6 modified the ShareActionProvider related 5 classes to allow custom filtering of the 4 ShareActionProvider suggestions.

The only 3 change is to the ActivityChooserModel.loadActivitiesIfNeeded() method. In 2 my case, I wanted to filter out the YouTube 1 package.

public static final String YOUTUBE_PACKAGE = "com.google.android.youtube";

private boolean loadActivitiesIfNeeded() {
    if (mReloadActivities && mIntent != null) {
        mReloadActivities = false;
        List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfos = mContext.getPackageManager()
                .queryIntentActivities(mIntent, 0);
        final int resolveInfoCount = resolveInfos.size();
        for (int i = 0; i < resolveInfoCount; i++) {
            ResolveInfo resolveInfo = resolveInfos.get(i);
            // Filter out the YouTube package from the suggestions list
            if (!resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName.equals(YOUTUBE_PACKAGE)) {
                mActivities.add(new ActivityResolveInfo(resolveInfo));
        return true;
    return false;

Code at https://github.com/danghiskhan/FilteredShareActionProvider

Score: 1

This solution is based on this post https://rogerkeays.com/how-to-remove-the-facebook-android-sharing-intent

// get available share intents
final String packageToBeFiltered = "com.example.com"
List<Intent> targets = new ArrayList<Intent>();
Intent template = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
List<ResolveInfo> candidates = this.getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(template, 0);

// filter package here
for (ResolveInfo candidate : candidates) {
    String packageName = candidate.activityInfo.packageName;
    if (!packageName.equals(packageToBeFiltered)) {
    Intent target = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND);
    target.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "Text to share"));
if (!targets.isEmpty()) {
Intent chooser = Intent.createChooser(targets.get(0), "Share dialog title goes here"));
chooser.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS, targets.toArray(new Parcelable[]{}));


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