android – How to obtain AssetManager without reference to Context?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have a class that needs to obtain a reference to it’s application’s AssetManager. This class does not extend any sort of android UI class, so it doesn’t have a getContext() method, or anything similar. Is there some sort of static Context.getCurrentApplicationContext() type of method?

To clarify: my class is intended to be used like a library, for other applications. It has no associated AndroidManifest.xml or control over the context which is calling it.

How to solve:
  1. Create a subclass of Application, for instance public class App extends Application {
  2. Set the android:name attribute of your <application> tag in the AndroidManifest.xml to point to your new class, e.g. android:name=".App"
  3. In the onCreate() method of your app instance, save your context (e.g. this) to a static field named app and create a static method that returns this field, e.g. getApp():

This is how it should look:

public class App extends Application{

    private static Context mContext;

    @Override
    public void onCreate() {
        super.onCreate();
        mContext = this;
    }

    public static Context getContext(){
        return mContext;
    }
}

Now you can use: App.getContext() whenever you want to get a context, and then getAssetManager() (or App.getContext().getAssetManager()).

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I am not sure of the best answer to the OP question. However, I do know that you have to be very careful when using a static context as suggested in Android developer resources:

In the onCreate() method of your app instance, save your context (e.g. this) to a static field named app and create a static method that returns this field, e.g. getApp():

Using static contexts can leak to leaked memory issues, especially if the static context is used for references to views.

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