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Android layout replacing a view with another view on run time

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a xml-layout file main with two textviews A/B and a view C.
I have two other xml-layout files option1 and option2.
Is it possible to load either option1 or option2 in run time via Java into C? If so, what function do I have to use?

How to&Answers:

You could replace any view at any time.

int optionId = someExpression ? R.layout.option1 : R.layout.option2;

View C = findViewById(R.id.C);
ViewGroup parent = (ViewGroup) C.getParent();
int index = parent.indexOfChild(C);
C = getLayoutInflater().inflate(optionId, parent, false);
parent.addView(C, index);

If you don’t want to replace already existing View, but choose between option1/option2 at initialization time, then you could do this easier: set android:id for parent layout and then:

ViewGroup parent = (ViewGroup) findViewById(R.id.parent);
View C = getLayoutInflater().inflate(optionId, parent, false);
parent.addView(C, index);

You will have to set “index” to proper value depending on views structure. You could also use a ViewStub: add your C view as ViewStub and then:

ViewStub C = (ViewStub) findViewById(R.id.C);

That way you won’t have to worry about above “index” value if you will want to restructure your XML layout.


And if you do that very often, you could use a ViewSwitcher or a ViewFlipper to ease view substitution.


private void replaceView(View oldV,View newV){
        ViewGroup par = (ViewGroup)oldV.getParent();
        if(par == null){return;}
        int i1 = par.indexOfChild(oldV);


it work in my case, oldSensor and newSnsor – oldView and newView:

private void replaceSensors(View oldSensor, View newSensor) {
            ViewGroup parent = (ViewGroup) oldSensor.getParent();

            if (parent == null) {

            int indexOldSensor = parent.indexOfChild(oldSensor);
            int indexNewSensor = parent.indexOfChild(newSensor);
            parent.addView(oldSensor, indexNewSensor);
            parent.addView(newSensor, indexOldSensor);