Thomas Roulin Thomas Roulin - 9 months ago 46
Android Question

When does the ListView items have been drawn to the screen

I want to know when the

layout is created. I need to perform an action on the item views, for that I need to know when the layout has been drawn to the screen. I need to get the IDs of the created views.

Is there a way to know when this is done ?

Edit (precision):

  • Calling right after the
    doesnt work,
    still returns

  • I display a limited number of items, all items are displayed on the screen.

Sid Sid
Answer Source

In order to gett all the IDs from the view I've tried the following

private List<View> mChildren;

I've declared a List of View which will contain all the children and then I managed to get all the children with the following snippet

ViewTreeObserver obs = mListView.getViewTreeObserver();
obs.addOnGlobalLayoutListener(new ViewTreeObserver.OnGlobalLayoutListener() {
    public void onGlobalLayout() {
        for(int index = 0; index<((ViewGroup)mListView).getChildCount(); ++index) {
            View nextChild = ((ViewGroup)mListView).getChildAt(index);
                mChildren.add(nextChild); //New Child to add


And then you can you mChildren which contain all the children views. Otherwhise you can also check onFinishInflate. Hope it helps :)


As me and Thomas were discussing in chat, I came back to memory that also onViewAdded (from API 23) can be useful.