how to Split ListView with Sections in Android

In this blog post, I’ll show how to Split ListView with Sections in Android.

1. Create a new project File -> Android Project. While creating a new project give activity name as and copy this code:

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.TreeSet;

import android.content.Context;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.BaseAdapter;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends ListActivity {

    private MyAdapter mAdapter;
    String[] numNames = { "Zero", "One", "Two", "Three", "Four", "Five", "Six",
            "Seven", "Eight", "Nine", "Ten", "Eleven", "Twelve", "Thirteen",
            "Fourteen", "Fifteen", "Sixteen", "Seventeen", "Eighteen",
            "Ninteen", "Twenty" };

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        mAdapter = new MyAdapter();
        for (int i = 0; i < numNames.length; i++) {

            if (i == 0) {
                mAdapter.addSeparatorItem("Single Digit");
            if (i == 10) {
                mAdapter.addSeparatorItem("Double Digit");
            mAdapter.addItem(numNames[i] + "     " + i);

    // Adapter Class
    private class MyAdapter extends BaseAdapter {

        private static final int TYPE_ITEM = 0;
        private static final int TYPE_SEPARATOR = 1;
        private static final int TYPE_MAX_COUNT = TYPE_SEPARATOR + 1;

        private ArrayList<String> mData = new ArrayList<String>();
        private LayoutInflater mInflater;

        private TreeSet<Integer> mSeparatorsSet = new TreeSet<Integer>();

        public MyAdapter() {
            mInflater = (LayoutInflater) getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);

        public void addItem(final String item) {

        public void addSeparatorItem(final String item) {
            // save separator position
            mSeparatorsSet.add(mData.size() - 1);

        public int getItemViewType(int position) {
            return mSeparatorsSet.contains(position) ? TYPE_SEPARATOR
                    : TYPE_ITEM;

        public int getViewTypeCount() {
            return TYPE_MAX_COUNT;

        public int getCount() {
            return mData.size();

        public String getItem(int position) {
            return mData.get(position);

        public long getItemId(int position) {
            return position;

        public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {
            ViewHolder holder = null;
            int type = getItemViewType(position);
            if (convertView == null) {
                holder = new ViewHolder();
                switch (type) {
                case TYPE_ITEM:
                    convertView = mInflater.inflate(R.layout.section1, null);
                    holder.textView = (TextView) convertView
                case TYPE_SEPARATOR:
                    convertView = mInflater.inflate(R.layout.section2, null);
                    holder.textView = (TextView) convertView
            } else {
                holder = (ViewHolder) convertView.getTag();
            return convertView;


    public static class ViewHolder {
        public TextView textView;

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
        getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
        return true;

    public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
        // Handle action bar item clicks here. The action bar will
        // automatically handle clicks on the Home/Up button, so long
        // as you specify a parent activity in AndroidManifest.xml.
        int id = item.getItemId();
        if (id == {
            return true;
        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

Step 2: Open your AndroidManifest.xml and copy paste this code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android=""
android:versionName="1.0" >

android:targetSdkVersion="19" />

android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
android:label="@string/app_name" >
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />




Hope this helpful. Your valuable comments are always welcomed. It will help to improve my post and understanding.
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durga chiranjeevi

durga chiranjeevi

I'm currently working as Android developer at Energy Alternatives India. Interested in Application and Game development.
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