Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Populating ListView With DataBase

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ListView with SQLiteDatabse

ListView can be populated by ArrayAdapter, Custom Adapter, ArrayList etc
In this post I will describe how to populate ListView with database.

Have a look at my previous post
Populating ListView with Custom Adapter
Populating ListView with ArrayList
ExpandableListView In Android

To learn Basic of Android Animation  go to  Android Animation Basics 

If you want to show Items in ListView with Header you should use ExpandableListView .  To Learn how to use ExpandableListView    read my post   ExpandableListView In Android

ListView with DataBase Example

In this example I have created a listView  and populated it with DataBAse.
Each of the ListView item contain two views
TextView SMS Sender : to show SMS Sender Number
TextView SMSBody : to show the SMS Body/content

Here the ListView shows the all the SMSes with Sender Number and SMSBody.

Add the following permission in your manifest file to read the SMS..
   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_SMS"/>
   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_SMS"/>


<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""


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

        android:text="TextView" />

        android:text="TextView" />



public class ListViewWithDatabaseActivity extends Activity

        ListView listViewPhoneBook;
        Context context;
        protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
                 //get the ListView Reference

                  //arrayColumns is the column name in your cursor where you're getting the data 
                  // here we are displaying  SMSsender Number i.e. address and SMSBody i.e. body

                  String[] arrayColumns = new String[]{"address","body"};
                  //arrayViewID contains the id of textViews
                  // you can add more Views as per Requirement
                  // textViewSMSSender is connected to "address" of arrayColumns
                  // textViewMessageBody is connected to "body"of arrayColumns

                  int[] arrayViewIDs = new int[]{,};
                  Cursor cursor;
                    cursor = getContentResolver().query(Uri.parse("content://sms/inbox"), null, null, null, null);
                // create an Adapter with arguments layoutID, Cursor, Array Of Columns, and Array of ViewIds which is to be Populated
                 SimpleCursorAdapter adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(this, R.layout.listview_each_item, cursor, arrayColumns, arrayViewIDs);
                 // To handle the click on List View Item
                 listViewSMS.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener()
                                public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> arg0, View v,int position, long arg3)
                                    // when user clicks on ListView Item , onItemClick is called
                                    // with position and View of the item which is clicked
                                    // we can use the position parameter to get index of clicked item

                                    TextView textViewSMSSender=(TextView)v.findViewById(;
                                    TextView textViewSMSBody=(TextView)v.findViewById(;
                                    String smsSender=textViewSMSSender.getText().toString();
                                    String smsBody=textViewSMSBody.getText().toString();
                                    // Show The Dialog with Selected SMS
                                    AlertDialog dialog = new AlertDialog.Builder(context).create();
                                    dialog.setTitle("SMS From : "+smsSender);
                                    dialog.setButton(DialogInterface.BUTTON_POSITIVE, "OK",
                                            new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
                                        public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int which)

ListView with Custom Adapter


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  3. hello,
    i don't understand where in the code you are connecting to the database .
    I made a MySQL database on easyPHP and i'm trying to populate a listview from the database.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Niiaou
      Look carefully at lines
      // get the cursor
      cursor = getContentResolver().query(ContactsContract.Contacts.CONTENT_URI, null, null, null, null);

      // create an Adapter with arguments layoutID, Cursor, Array Of Columns, and Array of Views which is to be Populated
      // here we are connecting with database
      SimpleCursorAdapter adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(this, R.layout.each_contact, cursor, arrayColumns, arrayViewID);

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