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Android Layout Tutorial

An Android layout is a class that handles arranging the way its children appear on the screen.Β  Anything that is a View (or inherits from View) can be a child of a layout. All of the layouts inherit from ViewGroup (which inherits from View) so you can nest layouts.Β  You could also create your own custom layout by making a class that inherits from ViewGroup.

The standard Layouts are:


In this article we will examine each of these layouts in detail.

I have also created a demo project that uses the code samples from this tutorial and from the Lots of Lists: Part 1, Simple List Activity tutorial.
You can download the demo source code here.

Next: AbsoluteLayout

{ 35 } Comments

  1. Arshad Ali Soomro | December 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

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  2. Uggabugga | May 31, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry but don’t ever use PIXELS for Android…. fail

  3. Asif | June 1, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Great article…very easy fully explained concepts. Thank you

  4. vikas | June 2, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    thanx a lot sir for this tutorial.. it was really help full.. with this tutorials beginner will defiantly feel android application is easy development.. πŸ™‚

  5. Sachin | June 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

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  6. anton | June 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

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  7. omkar | July 5, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink

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  8. Mike | July 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Good Tutorial!! Thank’s

  9. vivek | July 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Love to see how effectively and simply u make understood the layouts basic…great tutorial
    thanks a lot..

  10. Vikash | July 11, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink

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  13. KS NAYAKA | August 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    thanks for info….it helped me a lot

  14. John | August 7, 2012 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Cool one.. ! I just learned layouts now, whats next as a beginer?

  15. krishna | August 9, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Great!!!! thanks a lot….

  16. Jason | August 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the clear tutorial. I especially like how you provided a screenshot with each XML example.

    A bit miffed that layouts keep changing as technology progresses. The Android 3.2 way of layouts has me specifying resolutions in the layout structure.

    res/layout/main_activity.xml # For phones
    res/layout-sw600dp/main_activity.xml # For 7” tablets
    res/layout-sw720dp/main_activity.xml # For 10” tablets

    Ah well… thanks again for the jump start into understanding the different types of layouts.

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  31. Surya | August 29, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink

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  33. suyog | September 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    thanx mate.that helps alot to understand the Relative Layout for new Programmer.

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