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Android.App.ListActivity Class

An activity that displays a list of items by binding to a data source such as an array or Cursor, and exposes event handlers when the user selects an item.

See Also: ListActivity


[Android.Runtime.Register("android/app/ListActivity", DoNotGenerateAcw=true)]
public class ListActivity : Activity


An activity that displays a list of items by binding to a data source such as an array or Cursor, and exposes event handlers when the user selects an item.

ListActivity hosts a ListView object that can be bound to different data sources, typically either an array or a Cursor holding query results. Binding, screen layout, and row layout are discussed in the following sections.

Screen Layout

ListActivity has a default layout that consists of a single, full-screen list in the center of the screen. However, if you desire, you can customize the screen layout by setting your own view layout with setContentView() in onCreate(). To do this, your own view MUST contain a ListView object with the id "@android:id/list" (or NoType:android/R$id;Href=../../../reference/android/ if it's in code)

Optionally, your custom view can contain another view object of any type to display when the list view is empty. This "empty list" notifier must have an id "android:id/empty". Note that when an empty view is present, the list view will be hidden when there is no data to display.

The following code demonstrates an (ugly) custom screen layout. It has a list with a green background, and an alternate red "no data" message.

xml Example

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

     <ListView android:id="@android:id/list"

     <TextView android:id="@android:id/empty"
               android:text="No data"/>

Row Layout

You can specify the layout of individual rows in the list. You do this by specifying a layout resource in the ListAdapter object hosted by the activity (the ListAdapter binds the ListView to the data; more on this later).

xml Example

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

     <TextView android:id="@+id/text1"

     <TextView android:id="@+id/text2"

java Example

 public class MyListAdapter extends ListActivity {

     protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState){

         // We'll define a custom screen layout here (the one shown above), but
         // typically, you could just use the standard ListActivity layout.

         // Query for all people contacts using the Contacts.People convenience class.
         // Put a managed wrapper around the retrieved cursor so we don't have to worry about
         // requerying or closing it as the activity changes state.
         mCursor = this.getContentResolver().query(People.CONTENT_URI, null, null, null, null);

         // Now create a new list adapter bound to the cursor.
         // SimpleListAdapter is designed for binding to a Cursor.
         ListAdapter adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(
                 this, // Context.
                 android.R.layout.two_line_list_item,  // Specify the row template to use (here, two columns bound to the two retrieved cursor
                 mCursor,                                              // Pass in the cursor to bind to.
                 new String[] {People.NAME, People.COMPANY},           // Array of cursor columns to bind to.
                 new int[] {,});  // Parallel array of which template objects to bind to those columns.

         // Bind to our new adapter.

A ListAdapter constructor takes a parameter that specifies a layout resource for each row. It also has two additional parameters that let you specify which data field to associate with which object in the row layout resource. These two parameters are typically parallel arrays.

Android provides some standard row layout resources. These are in the NoType:android/R$layout;Href=../../../reference/android/R.layout.html class, and have names such as simple_list_item_1, simple_list_item_2, and two_line_list_item. The following layout XML is the source for the resource two_line_list_item, which displays two data fields,one above the other, for each list row.

You must identify the data bound to each TextView object in this layout. The syntax for this is discussed in the next section.

Binding to Data

You bind the ListActivity's ListView object to data using a class that implements the IListAdapter interface. Android provides two standard list adapters: SimpleAdapter for static data (Maps), and SimpleCursorAdapter for Cursor query results.

The following code from a custom ListActivity demonstrates querying the Contacts provider for all contacts, then binding the Name and Company fields to a two line row layout in the activity's ListView.

See Also

[Android Documentation]


Namespace: Android.App
Assembly: Mono.Android (in Mono.Android.dll)
Assembly Versions:
Since: Added in API level 1

The members of Android.App.ListActivity are listed below.

See Also: Activity

Public Constructors

Protected Constructors

A constructor used when creating managed representations of JNI objects; called by the runtime.

Public Properties

ListAdapterIListAdapter. Get the ListAdapter associated with this activity's ListView.
ListViewListView. Get the activity's list view widget.
SelectedItemIdInt64. Get the cursor row ID of the currently selected list item.
SelectedItemPositionInt32. Get the position of the currently selected list item.

Protected Properties

ThresholdClassIntPtr. This API supports the Mono for Android infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code.
ThresholdTypeType. This API supports the Mono for Android infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code.

Public Methods

Set the currently selected list item to the specified position with the adapter's data

Protected Methods

OnListItemClick(ListView, View, Int32, Int64)
This method will be called when an item in the list is selected.