Shane Ekanayake Shane Ekanayake - 1 month ago 15
Android Question

How to highlight selected gridview items

im using gridview

to select multiple items(images) in my gridview .

I used
to achieve this, the problem is selected items are not get highlighted

Selector xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<selector xmlns:android="" >
<item android:state_selected="true" android:drawable="@color/green"/>
<item android:state_pressed="true"
android:drawable="@color/blue"/> <!-- pressed state -->
<item android:state_focused="true"
android:drawable="@color/blue"/> <!-- focused state -->
<item android:drawable="@android:color/transparent"/> <!-- default state -->


When I touch an item it get covered with blue (i think this happens bcoz i used
) soon as i lift my finger blue color get removed.

I want the selected items to get
semi transparent blue
color and it should stay highlighted until I deselect the item.

Java Code:

public class HappyFragment extends ParentFragment {

public HappyImageAdapter imageAdapter;
private List<ResolveInfo> mApps;
GridView gridView;

public static HappyFragment newInstance() {
HappyFragment fragment = new HappyFragment();
return fragment;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

// if ((savedInstanceState != null) && savedInstanceState.containsKey(KEY_CONTENT)) {
// // mContent = savedInstanceState.getString(KEY_CONTENT);
// }

public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container, Bundle savedInstanceState) {
View view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.happy_fragment_layout, container, false);
// ImageView iv= (ImageView) view.findViewById(;
gridView = (GridView)view.findViewById(;

// Instance of ImageAdapter Class
imageAdapter = new HappyImageAdapter(getActivity());
gridView.setMultiChoiceModeListener(new MultiChoiceModeListener());

gridView.setOnItemLongClickListener(new OnItemLongClickListener() {

public boolean onItemLongClick(AdapterView<?> arg0, View arg1, int position, long arg3) {
Toast.makeText(getActivity(), String.valueOf(imageAdapter.mThumbIds[position]), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
return true;

gridView.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener() {
public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View v,int position, long id) {
if(BaseActivity.isinint) { // check if any app cares for the result
int ImageResourse=imageAdapter.mThumbIds[position];
Uri path = Uri.parse("android.resource://dragonflymobile.stickers.lifestickers/" + ImageResourse);

Intent shareIntent = new Intent(android.content.Intent.ACTION_SEND, path); //Create a new intent. First parameter means that you want to send the file. The second parameter is the URI pointing to a file on the sd card. (openprev has the datatype File)

((Activity)getActivity()).setResult(Activity.RESULT_OK, shareIntent); //set the file/intent as result
((Activity)getActivity()).finish(); //close your application and get back to the requesting application like GMail and WhatsApp
return; //do not execute code below, not important
} else {
Intent intent = new Intent(getActivity(), PreviewActivity.class);
intent.putExtra("Image Int", imageAdapter.mThumbIds[position]);
return view;

public void onSaveInstanceState(Bundle outState) {
// outState.putString(KEY_CONTENT, mContent);

//multi select mode codes
public class MultiChoiceModeListener implements GridView.MultiChoiceModeListener {
public boolean onCreateActionMode(ActionMode mode, Menu menu) {
mode.setTitle("Select Items");
mode.setSubtitle("One item selected");
return true;

public boolean onPrepareActionMode(ActionMode mode, Menu menu) {
return true;

public boolean onActionItemClicked(ActionMode mode, MenuItem item) {
return true;

public void onDestroyActionMode(ActionMode mode) {

public void onItemCheckedStateChanged(ActionMode mode, int position, long id, boolean checked) {
int selectCount = gridView.getCheckedItemCount();
switch (selectCount) {
case 1:
mode.setSubtitle("One item selected");
mode.setSubtitle("" + selectCount + " items selected");

Answer Source

okay i found this 3rd party library which do exactly this with less code here is the github link

and here is a gridview with images tutorial link