ListView with Checkboxes in Android

June 14, 2012

In this article, we are going to discuss, how to create and use checkboxes in ListView widget of Android.

1. Create a new Android project named ListViewCheckbox

Create New Android Project

Figure 1: Create new android project

2. Select build target as Android version 4.0 ( API level 14 )

Select Android Api Level

Figure 2: Select android api level

3. Enter application related details

Application Details

Figure 3: Enter application details

4. Open and update the file /res/layout/main.xml with the given below code. The highlighted code specifies that, this list view is  multi-selectable

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" >


5. Open and update the file /src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/listviewcheckbox/ with the given below code

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.listviewcheckbox;

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) {

        // The checkbox for the each item is specified by the layout android.R.layout.simple_list_item_multiple_choice
        ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this, android.R.layout.simple_list_item_multiple_choice, countries);

        // Getting the reference to the listview object of the layout
        ListView listView = (ListView) findViewById(;

        // Setting adapter to the listview


6. Application in execution


ListView with Checkboxes

Figure 4: ListView with Checkboxes

7. Download the source code

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10 Responses to ListView with Checkboxes in Android

  1. abhishek on November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    how to add conditions on checked item if i want to put the checked items inside sqlite database

  2. noufal on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Very much Thanks …. neat structured , unambiguous solution…respecting your helping mind.

  3. vicky on December 20, 2012 at 2:44 am

    oh sir thank you thank you soooo much… it really helps a lot….

  4. sreedhu on January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    thank you sir very good code

  5. ashish adesaar on January 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    it’s a very good explain this example

  6. ashish adesaar on January 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    good explanation

  7. Gino on January 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hello can you build an application that saves the items and the listview to a file and saves the checkbox statement also.
    because I cannot find an example.

    best regards

  8. Sankaran on May 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Hi sir, i want to list contacts with checkbox and after that want to handle selected items .. can you help me thank you..

  9. Aakash on August 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Sir, i want to delete two or more row using checkbox from sqlite database in android ….can you help me ….

  10. Reeha on December 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Sir…………..nice tutorial ..but i want to know ow to handle click event for this??? How to get values of the checked item?????

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