android – Limit the query in CursorLoader-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am trying to query data from sqlite db through CursorLoader. When i go through the documentation in android developer website, i can’t find the limit query.

CursorLoader(Context context, Uri uri, String[] projection, String selection, String[] selectionArgs, String sortOrder)

How can i implement limit in CursorLoader?

Thanks in Advance

How to solve:

The hackish way:

String sortOrder = "ROWID LIMIT 5"

which will result in ORDER BY ROWID LIMIT 5. ROWID would sort by the implicit row ids that SQLite keeps – very close to what happens when you don’t specify a sort oder at all.
Not that this is abusing the fact that the order parameter does not check if the supplied value is just a valid order type. Kind of a buffer overflow attack.

A better way would be to define Uri parameters.

// query code
Uri queryUri = Uri.parse("content://what/ever/items");
queryUri = queryUri.buildUpon().appendQueryParameter("limit", "5").build();

// in ContentProvider
String limit = queryUri.getQueryParameter("limit");

Both approaches will only work if the ContentProvider is compatible with above attempts to limit. There is actually no well-defined way to limit or select certain data from a ContentProvider. Each ContentProvider comes with it’s own contract so above will not work with every provider.


You can use SQLiteQueryBuilder methods whose provides ability to have LIMIT clause.
Or You can just append LIMIT to Yours selection string.
Also, there’s an option to provide limit via uri (as part of it) and handle it in your ContentProvider.
Looks like CursorLoader is not providing any API for it currently.


I realize this is late, but sandrstar gave me an idea which was to use the Uri that you pass into the ContentProvider and append the limit as the last path segment to it using

Uri.withAppendedPath("uri" "/" + limitNumber);

Then inside your content provider, in your URI matcher make sure you match

MATCHER.addURI("authority", "uri" + "/#", matchInt); 

Then in your query, check for the matchInt that you matched the URI to and get the last path segment


Which will be your limit and then use what sandrstar recommended with the SQLiteQueryBuilder.

Just figured it might be nice to have a good technique to get your parameter to the Provider. Hope this helps!

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