Android Tab Layout Tutorial

This Android tutorial is to walk you through learning tab view in Android. We will be using Fragment to display Tabs in an Android activity. TabActivity class is deprecated and it should not be used going forward. It is a simple and straight forward Android app.

Android-Tab-Layout

Android Tab Example App Source

You can download the complete project source using the link given below.

MainActivity.java

package com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app;
import android.app.ActionBar;
import android.app.ActionBar.Tab;
import android.app.ActionBar.TabListener;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.app.Fragment;
import android.app.FragmentTransaction;
import android.os.Bundle;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class MainActivity extends Activity implements TabListener {

    List tabFragmentList = new ArrayList();

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        //setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);
        ActionBar actionBar = getActionBar();
        actionBar.setNavigationMode(ActionBar.NAVIGATION_MODE_TABS);

        for (int i=1; i <= 3; i++) {
            Tab tab = actionBar.newTab();
            tab.setText("Tab " + i);
            tab.setTabListener(this);
            actionBar.addTab(tab);
        }
    }

    @Override
    public void onTabSelected(Tab tab, FragmentTransaction ft) {
        Fragment fragment = null;
        TabFragment tabFragment = null;

        if (tabFragmentList.size() > tab.getPosition()) {
            fragment = tabFragmentList.get(tab.getPosition());
        }

        if (fragment == null) {
            tabFragment = new TabFragment();
            Bundle bundle = new Bundle();
            int imgResId = 0;
            int colorResId = 0;
            if(tab.getPosition()==0){
                imgResId = getResources().getIdentifier("duck", "drawable",
                        "com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app");
                colorResId = R.color.color1;
            } else if (tab.getPosition()==1){
                imgResId = getResources().getIdentifier("parrot", "drawable",
                        "com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app");
                colorResId = R.color.color2;
            } else if(tab.getPosition()==2){
                imgResId = getResources().getIdentifier("cock", "drawable",
                        "com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app");
                colorResId = R.color.color3;
            }
            bundle.putInt("image", imgResId);
            bundle.putInt("color", colorResId);
            tabFragment.setArguments(bundle);
            tabFragmentList.add(tabFragment);
        }
        else {
            tabFragment = (TabFragment) fragment;
        }
        ft.replace(android.R.id.content, tabFragment);
    }

    @Override
    public void onTabUnselected(Tab tab, FragmentTransaction ft) {
        if (tabFragmentList.size() > tab.getPosition()) {
            ft.remove(tabFragmentList.get(tab.getPosition()));
        }
    }

    @Override
    public void onTabReselected(Tab tab, FragmentTransaction ft) {  }
}

TabFragment.java

package com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app;
import android.app.Fragment;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ImageView;
public class TabFragment extends Fragment {

    private int image;
    private int color;

    @Override
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        Bundle bundle = getArguments();
        image = bundle.getInt("image");
        color = bundle.getInt("color");
    }

    @Override
    public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container,
                             Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        View view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_tab, null);
        ImageView tabImage = (ImageView) view.findViewById(R.id.imageView);
        tabImage.setImageResource(image);
        view.setBackgroundResource(color);
        return view;
    }
}

activity_main.xml

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >
</RelativeLayout>

fragment_tab.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:orientation="vertical" >
    <ImageView
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:id="@+id/imageView"
        android:layout_centerVertical="true"
        android:layout_centerInParent="true" />
</RelativeLayout>

AndroidManifest.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app" >
    <application
        android:allowBackup="true"
        android:icon="@drawable/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name"
        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
        <activity
            android:name="com.javapapers.android.androidtablayout.app.MainActivity"
            android:label="@string/app_name" >
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>
    </application>
</manifest>

Android-Tabs

Download Android Tab Layout Source

AndroidTabLayout App Project Source

This Android tutorial was added on 25/06/2014.

Comments on "Android Tab Layout Tutorial" Tutorial:

  1. Mathiazhagan says:

    What should we do for dynamic tabs?

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  4. Irelie says:

    Bon tutoriel. ça m’a aidé beaucoup.

    Thank’s so much!

  5. Idiot Sperm says:

    Shitty tutorial. Next time explain it well

  6. Nigam Jethva says:

    How can we Customize Tab Property like selected tab color & background…

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