Android Search Filter ListView Images and Texts Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to implement a search functionality to your listview that filters images and texts in your Android application. A listview can be filtered by the user input and is enabled using addTextChangedListener method. The search function will filter the listview with a matching string from the user input. Searching through listview provides user an easy way to find the information they needed. The search functionality will filter the ListView with a matching string from the users input. We will create a listview with an edittext placed on top and on text input will filter the results of images and texts and on listview item click will open a new activity. So lets begin…

Create a new project in Eclipse File > New > Android Application Project. Fill in the details and name your project FilterListViewImg.

Application Name : FilterListViewImg

Project Name : FilterListViewImg

Package Name : com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg

Open your MainActivity.java and paste the following code.

MainActivity.java

package com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Locale;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.text.Editable;
import android.text.TextWatcher;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.ListView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

	// Declare Variables
	ListView list;
	ListViewAdapter adapter;
	EditText editsearch;
	String[] rank;
	String[] country;
	String[] population;
	int[] flag;
	ArrayList<WorldPopulation> arraylist = new ArrayList<WorldPopulation>();

	@Override
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.listview_main);

		// Generate sample data
		rank = new String[] { "1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9", "10" };

		country = new String[] { "China", "India", "United States",
				"Indonesia", "Brazil", "Pakistan", "Nigeria", "Bangladesh",
				"Russia", "Japan" };

		population = new String[] { "1,354,040,000", "1,210,193,422",
				"315,761,000", "237,641,326", "193,946,886", "182,912,000",
				"170,901,000", "152,518,015", "143,369,806", "127,360,000" };

		flag = new int[] { R.drawable.china, R.drawable.india,
				R.drawable.unitedstates, R.drawable.indonesia,
				R.drawable.brazil, R.drawable.pakistan, R.drawable.nigeria,
				R.drawable.bangladesh, R.drawable.russia, R.drawable.japan };

		// Locate the ListView in listview_main.xml
		list = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.listview);

		for (int i = 0; i < rank.length; i++) 
		{
			WorldPopulation wp = new WorldPopulation(rank[i], country[i],
					population[i], flag[i]);
			// Binds all strings into an array
			arraylist.add(wp);
		}

		// Pass results to ListViewAdapter Class
		adapter = new ListViewAdapter(this, arraylist);

		// Binds the Adapter to the ListView
		list.setAdapter(adapter);

		// Locate the EditText in listview_main.xml
		editsearch = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.search);

		// Capture Text in EditText
		editsearch.addTextChangedListener(new TextWatcher() {

			@Override
			public void afterTextChanged(Editable arg0) {
				// TODO Auto-generated method stub
				String text = editsearch.getText().toString().toLowerCase(Locale.getDefault());
				adapter.filter(text);
			}

			@Override
			public void beforeTextChanged(CharSequence arg0, int arg1,
					int arg2, int arg3) {
				// TODO Auto-generated method stub
			}

			@Override
			public void onTextChanged(CharSequence arg0, int arg1, int arg2,
					int arg3) {
				// TODO Auto-generated method stub
			}
		});
	}
}

In this activity, we have created string arrays with sample data and pass it into the ListViewAdapter class. On listview item click will pass the selected position and string arrays to a new activity. An EditText will capture user input as a search parameter and pass it to the filter function in ListViewAdapter.

We have prepared some sample images for this tutorial. Insert your downloaded sample images into your res > drawable-hdpi.

Sample Images

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Next, create an array class. Go to File > New > Class and name it WorldPopulation.java. Select your package named com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg and click Finish.

Open your WorldPopulation.java and paste the following code.

WorldPopulation.java

package com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg;

public class WorldPopulation {
	private String rank;
	private String country;
	private String population;
	private int flag;

	public WorldPopulation(String rank, String country, String population,
			int flag) {
		this.rank = rank;
		this.country = country;
		this.population = population;
		this.flag = flag;
	}

	public String getRank() {
		return this.rank;
	}

	public String getCountry() {
		return this.country;
	}

	public String getPopulation() {
		return this.population;
	}

	public int getFlag() {
		return this.flag;
	}
}

Next, create an XML graphical layout for your MainActivity. Go to res > layout > Right Click on layout > New > Android XML File
Name your new XML file listview_main.xml and paste the following code.

listview_main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent" >

    <EditText
        android:id="@+id/search"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" >

        <requestFocus />
    </EditText>

    <ListView
        android:id="@+id/listview"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="fill_parent"
        android:layout_below="@+id/search" />

</RelativeLayout>

Output:

Filter Images ListView Main

Next, create a ListViewAdapter class. Go to File > New > Class and name it ListViewAdapter.java. Select your package named com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg and click Finish.

Open your ListViewAdapter.java and paste the following code.

ListViewAdapter.java

package com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Locale;

import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.BaseAdapter;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;

public class ListViewAdapter extends BaseAdapter {

	// Declare Variables
	Context mContext;
	LayoutInflater inflater;
	private List<WorldPopulation> worldpopulationlist = null;
	private ArrayList<WorldPopulation> arraylist;

	public ListViewAdapter(Context context,
			List<WorldPopulation> worldpopulationlist) {
		mContext = context;
		this.worldpopulationlist = worldpopulationlist;
		inflater = LayoutInflater.from(mContext);
		this.arraylist = new ArrayList<WorldPopulation>();
		this.arraylist.addAll(worldpopulationlist);
	}

	public class ViewHolder {
		TextView rank;
		TextView country;
		TextView population;
		ImageView flag;
	}

	@Override
	public int getCount() {
		return worldpopulationlist.size();
	}

	@Override
	public WorldPopulation getItem(int position) {
		return worldpopulationlist.get(position);
	}

	@Override
	public long getItemId(int position) {
		return position;
	}

	public View getView(final int position, View view, ViewGroup parent) {
		final ViewHolder holder;
		if (view == null) {
			holder = new ViewHolder();
			view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.listview_item, null);
			// Locate the TextViews in listview_item.xml
			holder.rank = (TextView) view.findViewById(R.id.rank);
			holder.country = (TextView) view.findViewById(R.id.country);
			holder.population = (TextView) view.findViewById(R.id.population);
			// Locate the ImageView in listview_item.xml
			holder.flag = (ImageView) view.findViewById(R.id.flag);
			view.setTag(holder);
		} else {
			holder = (ViewHolder) view.getTag();
		}
		// Set the results into TextViews
		holder.rank.setText(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getRank());
		holder.country.setText(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getCountry());
		holder.population.setText(worldpopulationlist.get(position)
				.getPopulation());
		// Set the results into ImageView
		holder.flag.setImageResource(worldpopulationlist.get(position)
				.getFlag());
		// Listen for ListView Item Click
		view.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

			@Override
			public void onClick(View arg0) {
				// Send single item click data to SingleItemView Class
				Intent intent = new Intent(mContext, SingleItemView.class);
				// Pass all data rank
				intent.putExtra("rank",
						(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getRank()));
				// Pass all data country
				intent.putExtra("country",
						(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getCountry()));
				// Pass all data population
				intent.putExtra("population",
						(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getPopulation()));
				// Pass all data flag
				intent.putExtra("flag",
						(worldpopulationlist.get(position).getFlag()));
				// Start SingleItemView Class
				mContext.startActivity(intent);
			}
		});

		return view;
	}

	// Filter Class
	public void filter(String charText) {
		charText = charText.toLowerCase(Locale.getDefault());
		worldpopulationlist.clear();
		if (charText.length() == 0) {
			worldpopulationlist.addAll(arraylist);
		} else {
			for (WorldPopulation wp : arraylist) {
				if (wp.getCountry().toLowerCase(Locale.getDefault())
						.contains(charText)) {
					worldpopulationlist.add(wp);
				}
			}
		}
		notifyDataSetChanged();
	}

}

In this custom listview adapter class, string arrays are passed into the ListViewAdapter and set into the TextViews and ImageViews followed by the positions. On listview item click will pass the string arrays and position to a new activity. The filter class captures the user input text from the MainActivity and refreshes the listview to show a matched result.

Next, create an XML graphical layout for your listview item. Go to res > layout > Right Click on layout > New > Android XML File

Name your new XML file listview_item.xml and paste the following code.

listview_item.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent" >

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/ranklabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:text="@string/ranklabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/rank"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/ranklabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/countrylabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/ranklabel"
        android:text="@string/countrylabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/country"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/rank"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/countrylabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/populationlabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/countrylabel"
        android:text="@string/populationlabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/population"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/country"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/populationlabel" />

    <ImageView
        android:id="@+id/flag"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_alignParentRight="true"
        android:background="#000000"
        android:padding="1dp" />

</RelativeLayout>

Next, create an activity to display results. Go to File > New > Class and name it SingleItemView.java. Select your package named com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg and click Finish.

Open your SingleItemView.java and paste the following code.

SingleItemView.java

package com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class SingleItemView extends Activity {
	// Declare Variables
	TextView txtrank;
	TextView txtcountry;
	TextView txtpopulation;
	ImageView imgflag;
	String rank;
	String country;
	String population;
	int flag;

	@Override
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.singleitemview);
		// Get the intent from ListViewAdapter
		Intent i = getIntent();
		// Get the results of rank
		rank = i.getStringExtra("rank");
		// Get the results of country
		country = i.getStringExtra("country");
		// Get the results of population
		population = i.getStringExtra("population");
		// Get the results of flag
		flag = i.getIntExtra("flag", flag);

		// Locate the TextViews in singleitemview.xml
		txtrank = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.rank);
		txtcountry = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.country);
		txtpopulation = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.population);

		// Locate the ImageView in singleitemview.xml
		imgflag = (ImageView) findViewById(R.id.flag);

		// Load the results into the TextViews
		txtrank.setText(rank);
		txtcountry.setText(country);
		txtpopulation.setText(population);

		// Load the image into the ImageView
		imgflag.setImageResource(flag);
	}
}

In this activity, strings are retrieved from the ListViewAdapter by using Intent and sets into the TextViews and ImageViews.

Next, create an XML graphical layout for your SingleItemView. Go to res > layout > Right Click on layout > New > Android XML File

Name your new XML file singleitemview.xml and paste the following code.

singleitemview.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent" >

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/ranklabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:text="@string/ranklabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/rank"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/ranklabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/countrylabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/ranklabel"
        android:text="@string/countrylabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/country"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/rank"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/countrylabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/populationlabel"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/countrylabel"
        android:text="@string/populationlabel" />

    <TextView
        android:id="@+id/population"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_below="@+id/country"
        android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/populationlabel" />

     <ImageView
        android:id="@+id/flag"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_alignParentRight="true"
        android:background="#000000"
        android:padding="1dp" />

</RelativeLayout>

Next, change the application name and texts. Open your strings.xml in your res > values folder and paste the following code.

strings.xml

<resources>

    <string name="app_name">Filter ListView Images</string>
    <string name="hello_world">Hello world!</string>
    <string name="menu_settings">Settings</string>
    <string name="title_activity_main">Filter ListView Images</string>
    <string name="ranklabel">"Rank : "</string>
    <string name="countrylabel">"Country : "</string>
    <string name="populationlabel">"Population : "</string>

</resources>

In your AndroidManifest.xml, declare an activity we have created above. Open your AndroidManifest.xml and paste the following code.

AndroidManifest.xml

<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="com.androidbegin.filterlistviewimg"
    android:versionCode="1"
    android:versionName="1.0" >

    <uses-sdk
        android:minSdkVersion="8"
        android:targetSdkVersion="15" />

    <application
        android:icon="@drawable/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name"
        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
        <activity
            android:name=".MainActivity"
            android:label="@string/title_activity_main" >
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>
        <activity android:name=".SingleItemView" >
        </activity>
    </application>

</manifest>

Output:

Filter ListView Images ScreenShot

Source Code 

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Latest comments

good work but i have a problem how can i make the project clickable?

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Android Search Filter ListView Images and Texts Tutorial

How can i open original activities instead of singleitemview.java? Please help!

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Android Search Filter ListView Images and Texts Tutorial

Simple solution but works perfectly

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Android Search Filter ListView Images and Texts Tutorial

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Android Search Filter ListView Images and Texts Tutorial