Android – How to launch download manager from Broadcast Receiver


My application downloads large zip files (100mb+). I'm using the default DownloadManager to facilitate the download. The Google API docs suggest to register a BroadcastReceiver and listen for ACTION_NOTIFICATION_CLICKED. I'm doing that, but I have no clue how to call the DownloadManager from within the BroadcastReceiver.

What I want to do is basically what the browser does. When the browser downloads a file and the user clicks on the DownloadManager notification the DownloadManager window pops up. What intent do I use to accomplish this?

My Code:

<receiver android:name="com.test.receiver.DownloadReceiver">
     <action android:name="android.intent.action.DOWNLOAD_COMPLETE"></action>
     <action android:name="android.intent.action.DOWNLOAD_NOTIFICATION_CLICKED" />

public class DownloadReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {

private static final String tag = DownloadReceiver.class.getSimpleName();

public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
    String action = intent.getAction();
    if (DownloadManager.ACTION_DOWNLOAD_COMPLETE.equals(action)) {
    *** code for unzipping removed ***
    else if (DownloadManager.ACTION_NOTIFICATION_CLICKED.equals(action)) {
        // Open the download manager
        // BUT HOW???


Best Solution

Found my own answer. This does the trick.

Intent dm = new Intent(DownloadManager.ACTION_VIEW_DOWNLOADS);
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