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android – get activityInfo metaData in onCreate method

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I need to retrieve a value from the AndroidManifest.xml file, stored as a meta data:

<meta-data android:value="3" android:name="myInterestingValue" />

In the onCreate method, I call the following method:

private Object getMetaData(String name) {
    try {
        ActivityInfo ai = getPackageManager().getActivityInfo(this.getComponentName(), PackageManager.GET_META_DATA);
        Bundle metaData = ai.metaData; 
        if(metaData == null) {
            debug("metaData is null. Unable to get meta data for " + name);
        else {
            Object value = (Object)metaData.get(name);
            return value;
    } catch (NameNotFoundException e) {
    return null;

But the metaData is always null. Is it impossible to access the metaData in the onCreate method? i.e. The activity has not been fully initialized yet.

How to&Answers:

You will need to use the flags GET_ACTIVITIES and GET_META_DATA.

ActivityInfo ai = getPackageManager()
        .getActivityInfo(this.getComponentName(), PackageManager.GET_META_DATA);


If you are interested, android-metadata is a framework that makes it easier to get metadata from the Android manifest. The way you would get the meta-data above using android-metadata is:

int val = ManifestMetadata.get (context).getValue ("myInterestingValue", Integer.class);

Full disclosure: I’m the creator of android-metadata.


I’ve tried jasonj’s answer but it doesn’t work. To retrieve meta-data from manifest file, I must get the following code

ApplicationInfo ai = getPackageManager().getApplicationInfo(getPackageName(), PackageManager.GET_META_DATA);
Bundle bundle = ai.metaData;

OR the Kotlin version:

val ai = packageManager.getApplicationInfo(packageName, PackageManager.GET_META_DATA)
val bundel = ai?.metaData