A ListView application in Android

June 13, 2012

In this article we are going to display a set of countries in a listview.

1. Creating an Android project namely ListViewDemo

Create New Project

Figure1 : Create new project

2. Select the Android API level of the build target ( API level 14 )

Build target

Figure 2: Select Build Target

3. Enter Application Details :

Application Details

Figure 3: Enter application details

4. Open and update the file /res/layout/main.xml with the given below code:

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

        android:id = "@+id/listview"


5. Open and Update the file /src/in/wptraffianalyzer/listviewdemo/MainActivity.java

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.listviewdemo;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ListView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
    String[] countries = new String[] {
            "Sri Lanka",
            "North Korea",
            "South Korea",

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

        // ArrayAdapter is used to store an array of arbitrary objects
        // The second argument to the constructor is a resource id containing a textview for drawing each item in a view
        // android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1 is a built in layout containing textview
        ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this, android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1, countries);
        ListView listView = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.listview);

        // ArrayAdapter indirectly implements ListAdapter interface

6. Run this application in Android Virtual Machine from eclipse ide by clicking the menu Run -> Run

ListView Demo

Figure 4: Application in execution

  7. Download the full application source code

8. Testing with Android Testing Framework

Only the 50% of the application development is completed now. The remaining 50% is with the testing of the application and it is discussed in the article ¬†titled “Android Testing Framework – Testing ListView” .

9. Reference


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One Response to A ListView application in Android

  1. camil on May 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

    hi George, excellent work!!!…please i need your help, I am trying to create an application to study a type application test with SQLite database, but I want the answers to be displayed in a listview and not with buttons or radio buttons, please, is the I appreciate very much!!!

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