Roshnal Roshnal - 11 months ago 218
Android Question

Disabling navigation drawer from fragment

I have an app with a navigation drawer and 4 navigation items (Fragments). In one of the Fragments, I have a tab layout set up with a view pager (3 more Fragments).

From one of these inner fragments, I want to disable/enable the navigation drawer dynamically. Basically, on a button press, I want to restrict access to the navigation drawer (and the re-enable on pressing it again).

How would I do it?

I tried accessing the

of the parent activity from this inner fragment. But I see no methods to enable/disable the navigation drawer.

The way I've added the drawer to my main Activity:

Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(;

DrawerLayout drawer = (DrawerLayout) findViewById(;
toggle = new ActionBarDrawerToggle(this, drawer, toolbar, R.string.navigation_drawer_open, R.string.navigation_drawer_close);

NavigationView navigationView = (NavigationView) findViewById(;

(and of course I've added
from within the

Any ideas?


Answer Source

A clean way to do this is to create an interface that the Activity implements, through which the Fragment can call a method local to the Activity that handles the drawer lock and toggle button states. For example:

public interface DrawerLocker {
    public void setDrawerEnabled(boolean enabled);

In the Activity's interface method, we simply figure the lock mode constant for the DrawerLayout#setDrawerLockMode() call, and call setDrawerIndicatorEnabled() on the ActionBarDrawerToggle.

public class MainActivity extends Activity implements DrawerLocker {

    public void setDrawerEnabled(boolean enabled) {
        int lockMode = enabled ? DrawerLayout.LOCK_MODE_UNLOCKED :


In the Fragment, we merely need to cast the hosting Activity to the interface, and call the setDrawerEnabled() method accordingly. For example, to lock the drawer shut:

((DrawerLocker) getActivity()).setDrawerEnabled(false);

NB: Since version 23.2.0 of the v7 appcompat support library, ActionBarDrawerToggle respects the DrawerLayout's lock mode, and will not toggle the drawer state if it is locked. This means that it is not strictly necessary to use setDrawerIndicatorEnabled(), though it might be desirable to still do so in order to provide the user a visual indication that the toggle is disabled.