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Nested inner Activity class in android

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


Is declaring a class that extends Activity inside another Activity class possible? If it is, how would I register that class in the manifest? Also, is that something that can be reasonably done or is it a bad idea?

I was thinking of something like

class ListClass extends ListActivity{

    ArrayList items;

    class ItemClass extends Activity{

        Item item;

            Integer pos = getIntent().getExtras().getInt("pos");
            item = items.get(pos);

    onItemClick(int position){

        startActivity(new Intent(this, ItemClass.class).putExtra("pos", position));


Note the syntax isn’t 100% correct obviously, mostly pseudocode.

How to&Answers:

No, that’s not possible. After all, the Android operating system will need to instantiate the Activity if it is started at any point (say, if you start it through an intent), and it’s impossible to instantiate an ItemClass without a parent ListClass.

Remember that each Activity is completely independent and can be started at any point through an intent.


Yes, it does work — it is just another class — you just need to declare your activity using inner class notation in AndroidManifest.xml:

<activity android:name=”.ListClass$ItemClass”/>

Seems to work fine for me, but perhaps when this question was asked, it wasn’t supported in older versions of Android?

Not sure WHY you’d want to do this, but you can.


I’d also be curious why you’d want to do this.

However, I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. Couldn’t you reference it in the AndroidManifest as you normally would as long as both classes are public? i.e. com.falmarri.ListClass.ItemClass?

Edit: Nevermind, this doesn’t work as EboMike pointed out.