Event Listener for Checkboxes in ListView

June 14, 2012

In this article, we will see, how to write the code for handling the checkbox state changes in listview.

If you want to use ToggleButton instead of checkboxes, please see the article titled “Enabling Multi Selection mode in ListView by adding ToggleButton using custom layout in Android“.

1. Create a new Android Project namely ListViewEventListener

New Android Project

Figure 1: New Android Project

2. Select target build version for this application

Figure 2: Select Buid Target Android 2.3 ( API Level 10 )

3. Enter the application details

New Android Project

Figure 3 : New Android Project

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" >


5. Open and update the file /src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/listvieweventlistener/MainActivity.java

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.listvieweventlistener;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.AdapterView.OnItemClickListener;
import android.widget.AdapterView;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ListView;
import android.widget.Toast;

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) {

        // Get the object reference of listview from the layout
        ListView listView = ( ListView ) findViewById(R.id.listview);

        // Instantiating an array adapter for listview
        ArrayAdapter< String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this, android.R.layout.simple_list_item_multiple_choice, countries);

        //Defining an item click listener
        OnItemClickListener itemClickListener = new OnItemClickListener() {
            public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> arg0, View arg1, int position, long id) {
                // AdapterView is the parent class of ListView
                ListView lv = (ListView) arg0;
                    Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), "You checked " + countries[position], Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
                    Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), "You unchecked " + countries[position], Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        // Setting the ItemClickEvent listener for the listview

6. Execute the application in Android Virtual Machine

Event Listener for Listview

Figure 4: Event Listener for Listview


7. Download the source code

8. Reference


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4 Responses to Event Listener for Checkboxes in ListView

  1. Haris on September 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Your code really help me….thanks….

    Can I use toggle button instead of checkbox in the same code…?

  2. Felipe on July 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Thank you so much!

    Really straightforward and clear. And it works!

    Great job.

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