A ListFragment Application with backward compatibility in Android

July 2, 2012

ListFragment is a fragment class available in the package android.app and it is used to list a set of items in as a listview. Fragment is a new concept which is introduced in Android 3.0 and its higher versions. But we can create applications having fragments for the prior versions of Android till 1.6 using an additional support library. In this article we will create a ListFragment application using this additional support library for Android 2.3.

1. Create an Android Project namely “ListFragmentWithBackward”


New Android Project

Figure 1 : New Android Project

2. Select Android Build target 2.3

Select Build Target

Figure 2 : Select Build Target

3. Enter application details


Application Details

Figure 3: Application Details

4. Add fragment support to the application

Right click project explorer and then click the menu Android Tools -> Add Support library

5. src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/listfragmentwithbackward/CountryList.java

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.listfragmentwithbackward;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v4.app.ListFragment;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;

public class CountryList extends ListFragment {

    * The list of countries to be shown in the ListFragment
    String[] countries = new String[] {
        "Sri Lanka",
        "North Korea",
        "South Korea",

    public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container, Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        * Creating an array adapter to host the list of items to be displayed in the ListFragment
        ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(inflater.getContext(), android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1, countries);


        return super.onCreateView(inflater, container, savedInstanceState);


  • CountryList class inherits ListFragment class and sets the items list to it using ArrayAdapter

6. res/layout/main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:orientation="vertical" >



7. src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/listfragmentwithbackward/MainActivity.java

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.listfragmentwithbackward;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v4.app.FragmentActivity;

public class MainActivity extends FragmentActivity {
    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

8. Application in execution


Application in execution

Figure 4 : Application in execution

9. Download

10. Reference


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2 Responses to A ListFragment Application with backward compatibility in Android

  1. santhosh on February 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, Great Tutorial. Thanks. I have a small issue. How can I show first item details automatically in the second fragment when the device is in landscape mode??

  2. Thesalimkip on August 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    How do you implement onclicklistitem when a list item is clicked? Am having a problem implementing.Thanks

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