I am currently working on some code that runs in Adobe AIR where I need to access the File URL file:/ of a file located in the AIR app’s install directory.
Normally, you could get the URI, by accessing the url property of the File object which will return a well formed, absolute file:/ URL. However, this doesn’t work for files located in the AIR app’s install directory.
var f:File = new File("app:/icon.png"); trace(f.url); //app:/icon.png
While the app:/ URI will work within your AIR application, it will not work if you need to pass that URI to a non AIR application.
Here is the workaround for how to get the File URL of a file in the application install directory:
var fPath:String = new File(new File("app:/icon.png").nativePath).url; trace(fPath);
This will give you an absolute file URI similar to:
Of course, this is a bit of a hack, and not that efficient (requires two File instances), but it works.