Source files at the github page

What we want to do;

  • Know the basic step needed to display an array into a listview
  • Create a new layout to be used by the listview
  • Use an Adapter to connect an array of values to the listview

First, Create a project with an empty activity. Name the project ListViewSample. Add a ListView to the main activity layout.

Next, Create a new layout.

You can do this in Android Studio via File > New > XML> Layout XML File. You will be asked for the layout file name and the root tag. Use the following values

Layout File Name : myitem Root Tag: TextView We created this new layout because this will effectively be a single row in our listview. We are displaying only one item of data per row, hence, a simple textview

Next, Implement the onCreate method of the main activity.

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  populateList(); // we'll create this later
  handleEvents(); // we'll create this later

After that, we should create the populateList method

private void populateList() {
  // The Array
  String[] numbers = {"One", "Two", "Three", "Four"};
    // The Adapter
  ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,R.layout.myitem, numbers);

  // The ListView
  ListView listview = (ListView) findViewById(;

Then, let’s implement the handleEvents method

private void handleEvents() {
  ListView listview = (ListView) findViewById(;
  assert listview != null;

  listview.setOnItemClickListener(new AdapterView.OnItemClickListener() {
    public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id) {
      String item_name = ((TextView) view).getText().toString();
      String message = String.format("You clicked %s : %s", position, item_name);
      Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), message, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();