Android listview add items

In your app, you might want to allow user to add more items to a ListView. In this Android tip, I am going to show you how to achieve the goal. There are two important things to note when you add new items to the ListView. The first thing is that you have to use an ArrayList to store the items of the ListView. It is easy to add more items to the ArrayList. The second thing is that you have to call the notifyDataChanged on the adapter object after you added a new item to the ArrayList. This is to notify the change of items and the ListView refresh itself.

Now, in the activity_main.xml file, you add an EditText, a Button, and a ListView. The EditText allows you to input new item. The Button is clicked to add the new item to the ListView.

<LinearLayout xmlns:android= ""
   xmlns:tools= ""
   <RelativeLayout      android:layout_width="match_parent"      android:layout_height="wrap_content">      <EditText         android:id="@+id/txtInput"         android:layout_width="200dp"         android:layout_height="wrap_content"         android:hint="New item"         />      <Button         android:id="@+id/btAdd"         android:layout_width="wrap_content"         android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:text="Add"         android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/txtInput"         />
     </RelativeLayout>    <ListView    android:id="@+id/list"    android:layout_width="match_parent"    android:layout_height="wrap_content">   </ListView>

In the res/layout directory, you create a layout file for the ListView. The name of the file is list_item.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
   android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="match_parent"
     android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

In the MainActivity class that hosts the ListView, you write the following code.

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.ListView;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
public class MainActivity extends ActionBarActivity {
   ArrayAdapter<String> adapter;
   EditText editText;
  ArrayList<String> itemList;
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
     String[] items={"Apple","Banana","Clementine"};
     itemList=new ArrayList<String>(Arrays.asList(items));
     adapter=new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,R.layout.list_layout,,itemList);
     ListView listV=(ListView)findViewById(;
     Button btAdd=(Button)findViewById(;
     btAdd.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
        public void onClick(View v) {
           String newItem=editText.getText().toString();
           // add new item to arraylist
           // notify listview of data changed

listview add items

Posted by: Dara | post date: 05-12-2015 | Subject: Android Apps Development

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