Monday, 5 August 2013

Customn DropDown Spinner in Android

Hello everyone!

Here’s another cool Android tutorial that talks about creating your own DropDown Spinner widget in Android. From the Android developers page, a Spinner is a view that displays one child at a time and lets the user pick among them.Our Default Spinner provide Drop Down above 4.0 version. In this tutorial you will create a customized Spinner like Gmail app using library project. This is also work in 4.0 below version. You can create spinner like this:

Using this Library you can set following features:


  • setItemTextColor(int color) - Set the item text font color in drop down.
  • setItemBackgroundColor(int color) - Set the item background color in drop down.
  • setItemTextSize (int size) - Set the item text size
  • setVisibleItemNo (int no) - Set the height of DropDown spinner equal to number of visible rows
  • addItem(String item) - Add the single string item in spinner
  • addItem(String item, int resId) - Add the single string item and image in spinner
  • setItems(String[] arr) - Set the string array in spinner
  • setItems(String[] arr, int[] ico) - Set the string array & image array in list. size of string array and image array required equal.
  • getSelectedPosition() - Return the position of currently selected item within the adapter's data set.
  • setSelectedPosition(int selectedPosition)- Set the currently selected item.

Listener : 



 You can set custom spinner control in xml like this:

            android:text="" />
You can set property like this:

private DropdownSpinner spinner1  = (DropdownSpinner) findViewById(; 

private String[] strings = { "Inter Milan", "AC Mila", "Manchesterb",
            "Barcelona", "Valencia", "Juventus" }; 




spinner1.addItem("", R.drawable.ic_menu_moreoverflow_normal_holo_light);  

spinner1.addItem("Test4", -1); 



spinner1.setItemPadding(18, 15, 18, 15); 



spinner1.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener()  { @Override public void onItemClick(AdapterView paramAdapterView,  View paramView, int paramInt, long paramLong) 
{ // TODO Auto-generated method stub

 clickItem = "Center: Click item:" + paramInt; txtClick.setText(clickItem); 


 You can download source code from here.


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  4. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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