Android Cards List View

This Android tutorial is to show case how to build an Android activity with card style list view. This is to help achieve a specific styling. This card style is being popularly used to display list style items. We have already seen about creating an Android ListView with custom layout. Code is same as this tutorial and the only difference is the background style.

Cards List View Video Demo

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Cards List View Output

Android-Cards-List-View

Cards List View Example Application

This example application will display a list of cards. Each card is a list item and will have two lines of text displayed. We will create three XML files to style these cards.

1. card_background_selector.xml

This XML is a selector resource which will be used as a background to create the “card” style view.

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

<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/card_state_pressed" android:state_pressed="true" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/card_background" />
</selector>

2. card_background.xml

This XML is the key file which creates the ‘Card’ style effect and it is used via the above selector file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <item>
        <shape android:shape="rectangle">
            <solid android:color="#CABBBBBB" />
            <corners android:radius="2dp" />
        </shape>
    </item>

    <item
        android:bottom="2dp"
        android:left="0dp"
        android:right="0dp"
        android:top="0dp">
        <shape android:shape="rectangle">
            <solid android:color="@android:color/white" />
            <corners android:radius="2dp" />
        </shape>
    </item>
</layer-list>

3. card_state_pressed.xml

We may require to show a different style when the card is in pressed state. In the below file, we just change the background color and show a different card style on click state. This can be safely omitted if not required.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <item>
        <shape android:shape="rectangle">
            <solid android:color="#ca39883d" />
            <corners android:radius="2dp" />
        </shape>
    </item>

    <item
        android:bottom="2dp"
        android:left="0dp"
        android:right="0dp"
        android:top="0dp">
        <shape android:shape="rectangle">
            <solid android:color="#ca4fbb5f" />
            <corners android:radius="2dp" />
        </shape>
    </item>
</layer-list>

4. listview.xml

One important thing to do in the listview is to make the android:divider as @null. Otherwise we will get a divider line between each cards.

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

<LinearLayout
	xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
	android:orientation="vertical"
	android:layout_width="match_parent"
	android:layout_height="wrap_content"
	android:background="#e2e4fe">

	<ListView
		android:id="@+id/card_listView"
		android:layout_width="match_parent"
		android:layout_height="wrap_content"
		android:listSelector="@android:color/transparent"
		android:cacheColorHint="@android:color/transparent"
		android:divider="@null"
		android:dividerHeight="10dp" />
</LinearLayout>

5. list_item_card.xml

Finally, this is where we apply the card background style. In the LinearLayout that is applicable for the each card items, the background selector is applied.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<FrameLayout
	xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
	android:layout_width="match_parent"
	android:layout_height="wrap_content"
	android:paddingLeft="15dp"
	android:paddingRight="15dp"
	android:descendantFocusability="beforeDescendants">

	<LinearLayout
		android:orientation="vertical"
		android:layout_width="match_parent"
		android:layout_height="wrap_content"
		android:paddingLeft="15dp"
		android:paddingTop="15dp"
		android:paddingBottom="15dp"
		android:paddingRight="15dp"
		android:background="@drawable/card_background_selector"
		android:descendantFocusability="afterDescendants">

		<TextView
			android:id="@+id/line1"
			android:layout_width="wrap_content"
			android:layout_height="wrap_content"
			android:text="Text line 1"/>

		<TextView
			android:id="@+id/line2"
			android:layout_width="wrap_content"
			android:layout_height="wrap_content"
			android:text="Text line 2"/>

	</LinearLayout>
</FrameLayout>

CardListActivity.java

Activity, adapter and all other java files are same as always. We need not do anything special to get the card style here.

package com.javapapers.android.cardslistview.app;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.ListView;

public class CardListActivity extends Activity {

    private static final String TAG = "CardListActivity";
    private CardArrayAdapter cardArrayAdapter;
    private ListView listView;

    @Override
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.listview);
        listView = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.card_listView);

        listView.addHeaderView(new View(this));
        listView.addFooterView(new View(this));

        cardArrayAdapter = new CardArrayAdapter(getApplicationContext(), R.layout.list_item_card);

        for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
            Card card = new Card("Card " + (i+1) + " Line 1", "Card " + (i+1) + " Line 2");
            cardArrayAdapter.add(card);
        }
        listView.setAdapter(cardArrayAdapter);
    }
}

CardArrayAdapter.java

package com.javapapers.android.cardslistview.app;

import android.content.Context;
import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.graphics.BitmapFactory;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.TextView;

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

public class CardArrayAdapter  extends ArrayAdapter<Card> {
    private static final String TAG = "CardArrayAdapter";
    private List<Card> cardList = new ArrayList<Card>();

    static class CardViewHolder {
        TextView line1;
        TextView line2;
    }

    public CardArrayAdapter(Context context, int textViewResourceId) {
        super(context, textViewResourceId);
    }

    @Override
    public void add(Card object) {
        cardList.add(object);
        super.add(object);
    }

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

    @Override
    public Card getItem(int index) {
        return this.cardList.get(index);
    }

    @Override
    public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {
        View row = convertView;
        CardViewHolder viewHolder;
        if (row == null) {
            LayoutInflater inflater = (LayoutInflater) this.getContext().getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);
            row = inflater.inflate(R.layout.list_item_card, parent, false);
            viewHolder = new CardViewHolder();
            viewHolder.line1 = (TextView) row.findViewById(R.id.line1);
            viewHolder.line2 = (TextView) row.findViewById(R.id.line2);
            row.setTag(viewHolder);
        } else {
            viewHolder = (CardViewHolder)row.getTag();
        }
        Card card = getItem(position);
        viewHolder.line1.setText(card.getLine1());
        viewHolder.line2.setText(card.getLine2());
        return row;
    }

    public Bitmap decodeToBitmap(byte[] decodedByte) {
        return BitmapFactory.decodeByteArray(decodedByte, 0, decodedByte.length);
    }
}

Card.java

package com.javapapers.android.cardslistview.app;

public class Card {
    private String line1;
    private String line2;

    public Card(String line1, String line2) {
        this.line1 = line1;
        this.line2 = line2;
    }

    public String getLine1() {
        return line1;
    }

    public String getLine2() {
        return line2;
    }

}

Download Cards List View Project

This Android tutorial was added on 12/08/2014.

Comments on "Android Cards List View" Tutorial:

  1. Ashok says:

    Just Excellent..!! Its really helpful and save my time.
    Thanks Joe.

  2. Ashwin Chauhan says:

    Thanks, I will give cards list a try this night.

  3. Hamed says:

    Thanks Joe for this nice example. Could you please attach all the android project files so that we can add it to eclipse.
    Thanks

  4. saurabh says:

    works !! great. thanks.

  5. hardik says:

    Thanks a lot.. This is very helpful. Kudos

  6. Dinesh says:

    Great tutorial..
    Very Helpful.I am making a gd app in which I want all topics to be in cardlayout which I have implemented watching ur tuts.
    Now want to implement an onclicklistener for card items.How to do ?

  7. Danny Tigua says:

    Thanks

  8. aamir says:

    a very easy and simple tutorial with demonstration,
    searching for this tutorial, thanks a lot.

  9. Rishabh says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial.It helped me alot.

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