Wish to view files without saving to local media

I hope there’s a simple answer to this that I’m overlooking. I would like to just view files without storing them in local storage. It’s nice that the app can be secured by a password/pin/fingerprint but once a file is downloaded, it can then be accessed via a file browser. Is it possible to have a more dropbox-like functionality where, say, an image can be viewed without storing it to the device?

Actual behaviour

  • Selected file is saved to device in order to be viewed

Expected behaviour

  • File is stored in temporary storage and removed once done

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open any file not currently saved to device

Can this problem be reproduced with the official owncloud server?
(url: https://demo.owncloud.org, user: test, password: test)

Environment data

Android version:

Device model:
OnePlus 6T

Stock or customized system:

ownCloud app version:
2.14.2 release fe23fedb4

ownCloud server version:


Web server error log


ownCloud log (data/owncloud.log)


You want to “stream” media, like photos or videos from the server without saving them.

This is a nice feature request.

Please open a formal feature request at https://github.com/owncloud/android/issues

Just title it with “FR: Streaming media”

and write down what you wrote here ( copy paste) then it’s in the correct repository and our developers can have a loot at it.


Thank you dmitry! I guess this just seemed like such an obvious feature that I thought surely I was overlooking something. Hope to see it integrated soon!


Whatever became of this?