Why setContentView() in Android Had Been So Popular Till Now?

Do you want to know how setContentView() works in Android?

Let’s start…

Actually setContentView() is a method part of class. It helps to set our content or render our layout on the screen.

Based on the value given by the user, views will be inflated and rendered after the measurement of the screen, root view, and its child views.

Well, here is everything you need to know about the setContentView() method.

SetContentView() method is 3 types.

  1. setContentView(int resourceId)
  2. setContentView(View view)
  3. setContentView(View view, android.view.ViewGroup.layoutparams params)

These methods are available from API level 1. Let’s talk more about these types.

setcontentview in android studio

setContentView(int resourceId)

This method uses layout constant from automatically generated class. class holds many static constant values in nested classes. So that you can access directly by specifying R class and nested class.

Nested Layout class contains layout resource constants to ease the availability of actual files in the resource directory.

At runtime, the System will select the appropriate layout based on orientation and other factors like language and region. By default, it selects the layout in the res/layout directory.


Here, R.layout.activity_main is an integer value contained inside of the layout class in the file. Using this integer value Android system will look in the res/layout directory. That’s how android finds the correct layout.

If you are using XML layout do not try to initialize views before calling setContentView(R.layout.layout_name), because without inflating the layouts, there are no actual views in memory. It will lead to NullpointerException.

setContentView(android.view.View view) in Android

Set any view as your activity’s content. View’s height and width set to MATCH_PARENT as default.

Protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
//create a textview object
TextView textview=new TextView(this);
//set text to textview
Textview.setText(”hello world!”);

You probably need to add an import android.widget.TextView; statement.

setContentView(View view, ViewGroup.Layoutparams)

Extension of setContentView(View view) method. Here you can specify view’s parameters.

Protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
//create a LinearLayout object
LinearLayout linearLayout = new LinearLayout(this);

//set orientation
//make LinearLayoutParams object with width as MATCH_PARENT and height as MATCH_PARENT

LayoutParams linearLayoutParams = new LayoutParams(LayoutParams.MATCH_PARENT,LayoutParams.MATCH_PARENT);



You can add child views to Linearlayout using addView() method.

  • You can call many times setContentView() method, but it works only at the last call.
  • You can use setContentView() outside of the onCreate() method.
  • ListActivity does not use setContentView() Because it already contains a listview and use setListAdapter() to populate.
  • In fragments, LayoutInflater does layout rendering work with inflate() method. Just equivalent to setContentView().
  • Sometimes, you need to display a layout from many layouts based on any condition. Like showing login or signup page. So there is no need to create two activities. Just use if statement or other depends on your needs and do just like below.



That’s all for now. Is there any suggestions, please comment below.

One of the most known methods in Android is setContentView(). I think most of us started Android development by thinking about what is setContentView and what it does. It’s used to show the app’s appearance. We can show our UI effectively by programmatically or using XML layouts. Android uses a different approach to showing XML layouts. Sometimes, it may difficult for beginners to understand. But I think, I have explained well by picture. If you have any doubts feel free to ask. By the way, sharing is caring.

Android Layout? What Is That?

If you want to become a good Android Developer??

Then you must learn basics well, better you understand the fundamentals, easier to learn the advanced concepts.

So today I am talking about Android layout, the word you already heard and a basic concept.

So let’s start here,

What is Android layout?

what is android layout

In Android, the layout describes the appearance of the app. Layouts are just resourced files. The instructions or content in layout decides to position your widget and make your user interface.

The layout contains View, ViewGroup objects and <merge> tag. Just like HTML, It must have a root element. It can contain more GUI widgets like Button, TextView, etc. Nested elements are also supported.

An app can have more than one screens based on developer needs. So you can have many layouts as you want.

Layout resource names must contain only lowercase a-z, 0-9, or underscore otherwise, you might end with an error.

Different types of Android layouts

For user convenience, Android engineers developed many layouts.

  1. LinearLayout – Arrange Android widgets vertically or horizontally.
  2. RelativeLayout – Organize widgets relative to each other.
  3. WebView – It displays webpages
  4. ListView – Make list like layout
  5. GridView – Arranges elements in grid manner

How to create android layout?

  • Using XML

You can use XML straightforward vocabulary to specify your UI. For beginners, you can check it out drag and drop feature. It helps us to drag a view which you want and drop it wherever you want in layout design. The XML code will automatically complete by android studio.

For localization (translating strings into different languages), XML layout would be a better idea.

Note: You must put xmlns:android attribute with android namespace inside the root element.

For an example: assume LinearLayout as your root element.

  • How to create Android layout Programmatically at runtime

It’s not generally recommended for beginners. There may be occasions to make your layout at runtime. But it mixes up UI code and code that controlling app behavior. So it may become difficult to tweak and refine user interface.

Where is layout files located at?

android layout subdirectory in android

Android studio automatically creates a directory to hold your layout files – layout subdirectory.

In your project structure

app->res->layout .

all resource files stored in res (resources folder).

How to create a layout file in android studio?

Right Click on your default layout subdirectory

New -> Layout resource file -> Enter layout Name and click OK.

Also give details of the root element, source set, Directory name, and other available qualifiers.

How to rename layout file in android studio?

Right click on your layout file which wants to rename

Refactor -> Rename -> give new file name -> Refactor. You can use shift + F6 key also.


There are some set of words may confuse developers when they start Android apps Development. One of them I think is layout. Better you learn each term in any language, better programmer you will be. In this post, you learned about layout. The layout defines the appearance of the app or It says how should User Interface elements get arranged. You can define layout in an easy and difficult way, Through XML and programmatically. There are different types of layouts, using them you can accomplish an awesome user interface. If you got anything useful, please share it.

Reference :Layouts | Android Developers

Easiest way to make ListView in Android

easiest way to make listview in android
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Those messages in the listview are sent by my crush to me.

Yes, that was the best dream I ever had ;-).

I’m just kidding…

Let’s back to the topic,

When beginners make an app for showing a collection of data, Most of them prefer ListView. It is easy to work with listview when comparing its successor RecyclerView. Although ListView becomes old now, the uses of ListView still goes on.

You don’t need to code the adapter to make ListView. Android API already provides an easy way to build a listview.

In this tutorial you will learn to construct listview easily and less code.

The android:entries XML attribute helps us achieve our target.

      • Easy to populate ListView, Spinner, Gallery and ListPreference.
      • Only static, unchanging string data allowed. So you can’t use with data from internet, database,
        shared preferences etc.

How android:entries works ??
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As shown in the picture, android:entries attribute needs an array resource name, not the file name which contains array resource. You can define the array resource in strings.xml. Not only listview, Spinner, ListPreference, and gallery also use android:entries attribute. But gallery deprecated in API level 16. As a successor of ListView, RecyclerView doesn’t hold entries attribute.

When the user runs the app, the Listview constructor takes the array resource referred in the entries attribute. Then the constructor makes an adapter itself with the simple_list_item_1 layout in SDK. Then assign it to the ListView.

Actually, we just point our data to the ListView, listview does all other work.

This is the way how it works.

How To Make A ListView In Android Studio

Step 1

Create a new project

In Android Studio, create a new project File -> New -> Project

Application Name: Simple ListView Ex
Company Domain:

Android convention to use the reverse of the domain name. that’s never a problem for you.
Click Next

Step 2

Choose your minimum SDK

It is necessary to choose the minimum SDK that you want. tick the phone and tablet checkbox for making the app for only phone and tablet.

Click next

Step 3

Select empty activity template

For this project, we just need an empty activity. So just select the empty activity template and click next.

Step 4

Create a new empty activity and layout

Next screen prompt for making an activity class file and its layout.

Activity Name : MainActivity

Tick the generate the layout checkbox if it’s not checked. Click finish. Now, you will see the MainActivity class

Step 5

Change toolbar and status bar color

You can skip this step if you don’t want to alter the default style. Open res/values/colors.xml and paste the code below to make a red colored toolbar.


Step 6

Make a string array to hold the contents of the listview.

Open res/values/Strings.xml, and paste the below code between .


How are you
Why didn\'t you reply to me??

Use escape sequence \’ to get the apostrophe in the last string.

Step 6

Add android: entries attribute and its value in listview XML definition.

open res/layout/activity_main.xml, delete the existing code and paste the code below.

<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?-->

If you wish to add other widgets to your layout, then you can add ViewGroups like RelativeLayout, LinearLayout and other. Then just replace the XML namespace ( xmlns:android=””) from listview to the root element.

Run the app. You will get the output like below.

listview screenshot example - easiest way to make listview in android

How does ListView know did user click on list item ??

Based on tapping sound.

No, Here comes Listener. Listener waits for the events. Such as tapping, touching events.

Here we use the OnItemClickListener nested class. Its onItemClick(…) method will trigger when an item in the listview clicked. So place the code that wants to run when click event happens.

Step 7

Create and Instantiate listview variable

In onCreate() method, create listview variable and instantiate using findViewById(int id) method. In this case, id is listview, we must use the same id in XML description. Type cast the returned View object to the ListView.

ListView mListView=(ListView)findViewById(;

Step 8

Add listener to listview for listening click events

Add OnItemClickListener and Implement OnItemClick(…) method. Use listview’s setOnItemClickListener() method to register the listener.

listview.setOnItemClickListener(new AdapterView.OnItemClickListener()
           public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id)


Step 9

Display the content in the clicked item.

In onItemClick(…) method, Implement code to reveal the content in listview row. First, Use adapterview’s getItemAtPosition(int position) method to retrieve the data from listview item row. getItemAtPosition() returns data as object in the given position.

Convert it to string using toString() method;

String message = listview.getItemAtPosition(position).toString();

Show the retrieved message using Toast.makeText(context,CharSequence text,int duration) method.

how onItemClick method works with listview in android - Easiest way to make listview in android
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Run it now…

Let’s wrap it up, You can use this attribute if you want a static listview otherwise we would prefer adapter.
Download SimpleListViewEx

For more reference

Spinner, Gallery, and ListPreference

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