Rudy Mutter Rudy Mutter - 29 days ago 8x
Android Question

Calculate the size of a list view or how to tell it to fully expand

I am currently trying to use a ListView inside of a ScrollView. I know from what I've read that this is looked down upon, but I'm trying to get the ListView to expand completely by showing all of its rows so there is no need for it to scroll. I've been struggling, however, with how to tell the ListView to completely expand to show all of its rows since it needs a defined height. Does anyone know of a way to calculate the height of a fully expanded ListView before it is drawn?

This problem mainly stems from the fact that you can't put a scrollable view inside of another scrollable view. I am okay with the fact that the ListView won't be able to scroll as long as I can make it expand to show all of its rows. I cannot do this, however, without being able to give it a defined height, which it seems I would need to calculate.

See the url below for a sketch (I'm a new user so I'm not allowed to post one). It shows that my full layout is too big for the "physical" screen and needs to scroll in order to show the rest of the list and buttons at the bottom. I'm trying to get across that the "virtual" screen is too big to fit on one screen even without the ListView there.


Well, thanks to Rudy, his suggestions was very helpful. Here is how it can be implemented.

1) Create a new class that extends ListView:


import android.content.Context;
import android.util.AttributeSet;
import android.widget.ListView;

public class ExpandedListView extends ListView {

    private android.view.ViewGroup.LayoutParams params;
    private int old_count = 0;

    public ExpandedListView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
        super(context, attrs);

    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
        if (getCount() != old_count) {
            old_count = getCount();
            params = getLayoutParams();
            params.height = getCount() * (old_count > 0 ? getChildAt(0).getHeight() : 0);



2) ... and finally add the new view to your xml layout file: