Use an ArrayAdapter

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This recipe shows how to bind an array to a list using an ArrayAdapter.


Follow these steps to display an array of strings in a ListView, which have been provided by ListActivity.

  • Add a file named TextViewItem.xml under the Resources/layout folder containing the following XML.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<TextView xmlns:android=""
    android:layout_height="wrap_content" />
  • In a ListActivity subclass, add the following code.
public class Activity1 : ListActivity
string[] data = {"one", "two", "three", "four", "five"} ;

protected override void OnCreate (Bundle bundle)
base.OnCreate (bundle);
ArrayAdapter adapter = new ArrayAdapter (this,
Resource.Layout.TextViewItem, data);
ListAdapter = adapter;

protected override void OnListItemClick (ListView l, View v,
int position, long id)
base.OnListItemClick (l, v, position, id);
Toast.MakeText (this, data [position],
ToastLength.Short).Show ();


Additional Information

An ArrayAdapter binds each object in an array to a TextView. The ListActivity class used here implicitly contains a ListView that can be bound to a data source through the ListAdapter property, causing each TextView instance to be presented in a list. Overriding OnListItemClick allows us to handle item selection.

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