pkdkk pkdkk - 1 year ago 71
Android Question

Simple parse JSON from URL on Android and display in listview

I'm trying to parse a JSON result fetched from a URL in my Android app...

I have tried a few examples on the Internet, but can't get it to work. The JSON data looks like this:

"city_id": "1",
"city_name": "Noida"
"city_id": "2",
"city_name": "Delhi"
"city_id": "3",
"city_name": "Gaziyabad"
"city_id": "4",
"city_name": "Gurgaon"
"city_id": "5",
"city_name": "Gr. Noida"

What's the simplest way to fetch the URL and parse the JSON data show it in the listview

Answer Source

You could use AsyncTask, you'll have to customize to fit your needs, but something like the following

Async task has three primary methods:

  1. onPreExecute() - most commonly used for setting up and starting a progress dialog

  2. doInBackground() - Makes connections and receives responses from the server (Do NOT try to assign response values to GUI elements, this is a common mistake, that cannot be done in a background thread).

  3. onPostExecute() - Here we are out of the background thread, so we can do user interface manipulation with the response data, or simply assign the response to specific variable types.

First we will start the class, initialize a String to hold the results outside of the methods but inside the class, then run the onPreExecute() method setting up a simple progress dialog.

class MyAsyncTask extends AsyncTask<String, String, Void> {

    private ProgressDialog progressDialog = new ProgressDialog(MainActivity.this);
    InputStream inputStream = null;
    String result = ""; 

    protected void onPreExecute() {
        progressDialog.setMessage("Downloading your data...");;
        progressDialog.setOnCancelListener(new OnCancelListener() {
            public void onCancel(DialogInterface arg0) {

Then we need to set up the connection and how we want to handle the response:

    protected Void doInBackground(String... params) {

        String url_select = "";

        ArrayList<NameValuePair> param = new ArrayList<NameValuePair>();

        try {
            // Set up HTTP post

            // HttpClient is more then less deprecated. Need to change to URLConnection
            HttpClient httpClient = new DefaultHttpClient();

            HttpPost httpPost = new HttpPost(url_select);
            httpPost.setEntity(new UrlEncodedFormEntity(param));
            HttpResponse httpResponse = httpClient.execute(httpPost);
            HttpEntity httpEntity = httpResponse.getEntity();

            // Read content & Log
            inputStream = httpEntity.getContent();
        } catch (UnsupportedEncodingException e1) {
            Log.e("UnsupportedEncodingException", e1.toString());
        } catch (ClientProtocolException e2) {
            Log.e("ClientProtocolException", e2.toString());
        } catch (IllegalStateException e3) {
            Log.e("IllegalStateException", e3.toString());
        } catch (IOException e4) {
            Log.e("IOException", e4.toString());
        // Convert response to string using String Builder
        try {
            BufferedReader bReader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(inputStream, "utf-8"), 8);
            StringBuilder sBuilder = new StringBuilder();

            String line = null;
            while ((line = bReader.readLine()) != null) {
                sBuilder.append(line + "\n");

            result = sBuilder.toString();

        } catch (Exception e) {
            Log.e("StringBuilding & BufferedReader", "Error converting result " + e.toString());
    } // protected Void doInBackground(String... params)

Lastly, here we will parse the return, in this example it was a JSON Array and then dismiss the dialog:

    protected void onPostExecute(Void v) {
        //parse JSON data
        try {
            JSONArray jArray = new JSONArray(result);    
            for(i=0; i < jArray.length(); i++) {

                JSONObject jObject = jArray.getJSONObject(i);

                String name = jObject.getString("name");
                String tab1_text = jObject.getString("tab1_text");
                int active = jObject.getInt("active");

            } // End Loop
        } catch (JSONException e) {
            Log.e("JSONException", "Error: " + e.toString());
        } // catch (JSONException e)
    } // protected void onPostExecute(Void v)
} //class MyAsyncTask extends AsyncTask<String, String, Void>