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Exception or error:

How to get editText in kotlin and display with toast.

var editTextHello = findViewById(R.id.editTextHello)

I tried this but shows object

How to solve:

You’re missing a cast of the View you get from findViewById to EditText:

var editTextHello = findViewById(R.id.editTextHello) as EditText

Then, you want to display the text property of the EditText in your toast:

Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

For the record, this is just the more idiomatic Kotlin equivalent to calling getText() on your EditText, like you’d do it in Java:

Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.getText(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()


This is Kotlin, not java. You do not need to get the id of it. In kotlin, just write:

var editTextHello = editTextHello.text.toString()

use the beauty of kotlin 😉

P.s: BTW, better to choose xml IDs like edx_hello and for the kotlin part, var editTextHello. Then you can differentiate between xml vars and kotlin vars.


The voted answer is correct but it is not the best one for the Kotlin’s world. If you’re really interested in entering into this world, I’d recommend you to use extensions. From Kotlin you have kotlin-android-extensions and with it you can do this:

import kotlinx.android.synthetic.reference_to_your_view.editTextHello

and this:

Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

please, forget about the getText()… use just this, it is more clean.

ps: read about extensions and you will see you can create your own extensions and do an even more clean usage of the Toast. Something like this:

fun Context.showToast(text: CharSequence, duration: Int = Toast.LENGTH_LONG) = Toast.makeText(this, text, duration).show()

and it being used like this through your classes:


but this is beyond the scope we’re talking about here.

from: https://kotlinlang.org/docs/tutorials/android-plugin.html


Use this instead it’s working fine

val obj=findViewById<EditText>(R.id.editText)
Toast.makeText(this,obj.text, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show()


Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.text.toString(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

If you make edittext as nullable then the line would be

Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello?.text.toString(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()


In Kotlin calling .text on your EditText is fine no need to do getText or toString

Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

with button click

button?.setOnClickListener {
        Toast.makeText(this,editText.text, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show()

Even don’t need findViewById


use editTextHello.text

  Toast.makeText(this, editTextHello.text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()


You’re missing a cast of the View you get from findViewById to EditText.
But you need a “if” if the control exist then get the text:

val editText = findViewById(R.id.editText_main) as EditText
if (editText != null) {
   val showString = editText.text.toString()
   Toast.makeText(this, showString, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()


To maintain the standard syntax of Kotlin use

var editText: EditText = findViewById(R.id.editTextHello)

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