android – Add a ListView or RecyclerView to new NavigationView-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am using the new NavigationView from revision 22.2.0 of the support library by Google. It works perfectly fine to generate a navigation drawer populated using a menu res.

I was wondering is it possible to add a ListView or RecyclerView to the navigation drawer so that it can be populated using my custom adapter code, which allows for far greater flexibility than menu resources.

Here is my current XML:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout
    android:id="@+id/drawer_layout"
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:fitsSystemWindows="true"
    tools:context=".MainActivity">

    <FrameLayout
        android:id="@+id/content_view"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:orientation="vertical">

        <include layout="@layout/main_toolbar" />

    </FrameLayout>

    <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
        android:id="@+id/navigation_view"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_gravity="start"
        app:headerLayout="@layout/navigation_drawer_header"
        app:menu="@menu/menu_navigation_drawer" />


</android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout>

Where in my XML would I add the ListView or RecyclerView?

EDIT

As per Basant’s suggestion, I nested a ListView into the NavigationView. You lose the ability to inflate from a menu res (as far as I know) but it succeeds in what I want it to do. The header XML is unchanged, it is just included into XML.

New code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout
    android:id="@+id/drawer_layout"
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:fitsSystemWindows="true"
    tools:context=".MainActivity">

    <FrameLayout
        android:id="@+id/content_view"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:orientation="vertical">

        <include layout="@layout/main_toolbar" />

    </FrameLayout>

    <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
        android:id="@+id/navigation_view"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_gravity="start">

        <RelativeLayout
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="match_parent">

            <include
                android:id="@+id/navigation_drawer_header_include"
                layout="@layout/navigation_drawer_header" />

            <ListView
                android:id="@+id/navigation_drawer_list"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="match_parent"
                android:layout_below="@id/navigation_drawer_header_include"/>

        </RelativeLayout>

    </android.support.design.widget.NavigationView>


</android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout>
How to solve:

You can just nest the ListView or RecyclerView inside the NavigationView.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout
    android:id="@+id/drawer_layout"
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:fitsSystemWindows="true"
    tools:context=".MainActivity">

    <FrameLayout
        android:id="@+id/content_view"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:orientation="vertical">

        <include layout="@layout/main_toolbar" />

    </FrameLayout>

    <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
        android:id="@+id/navigation_view"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_gravity="start"/>

        <ListView
            android:id="@+id/menuList"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="match_parent"/>
</android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout>

NOTE: Keep in mind that if you use use a ListView inside it, you can’t use the NavigationView’s header. You will have to use the header view of the ListView that you are adding. Don’t forget to remove the app:menu and app:header fields.

###

If you want to adding views inside the NavigationView you can do something like this. This way you have no restriction of adding Header on your NavigtionView with ListView.

 <android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:id="@+id/drawer_layout"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:fitsSystemWindows="true"
    tools:openDrawer="start">

    <include
        layout="@layout/app_bar_main"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent" />

    <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
        android:id="@+id/nav_view"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_gravity="start"
        android:fitsSystemWindows="false"

         >
        <LinearLayout
            android:orientation="vertical"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="match_parent">
            <include layout="@layout/nav_header_main"
                android:id="@+id/my"
                />
            <ListView

                android:layout_weight="7"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="0dp"
                android:id="@+id/list_view_inside_nav"></ListView>
        </LinearLayout>
    </android.support.design.widget.NavigationView>

</android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout>

That look something like this

example

###

In response to Shubham’s comment

This will not scroll the header view like the Navigation View does

I solved it by putting the LinearLayout inside a NestedScrollView. Now it scrolls properly with the header.

<android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent">

    <LinearLayout
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:orientation="vertical">

        <include layout="@layout/nav_header_main" />

        <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView
            android:id="@+id/nav_list"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="@dimen/weight_based_height"
            android:layout_weight="1"
            android:nestedScrollingEnabled="false"/>
    </LinearLayout>

</android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView>

###

Try this way

<android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
android:id="@+id/navigation"
android:layout_width="wrap_content"
android:layout_height="match_parent"
android:layout_gravity="start"
android:fitsSystemWindows="true">

<LinearLayout
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:orientation="vertical">

    <include layout="@layout/nav_header" />

    <ListView
        android:id="@+id/lst_menu_items"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="0dp"
        android:layout_weight="1" />
</LinearLayout>

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