ActionBar with Search Option and other options in Android.

I have already shown some examples with ActionBar.
This is the example showing how to start with ActionBar in android.

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Now today I will show you another example in which we will put a searchbar along with other buttons in the ActionBar and Listen to the search and Listen to the button select.

This is how we do this.

Take a look at the screenshot.





First in your project “res” folder create a folder named “menu”. the create an xml inside this folder named “actions.xml”.
Now copy these to this xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<menu xmlns:android="">
    <item android:id="@+id/action_search"
          android:title="Action Bar Search"
          android:actionViewClass="android.widget.SearchView" />
    <item android:id="@+id/action_add"
          android:title="Action Bar Add" />
    <item android:id="@+id/action_edit"
          android:title="Action Bar Edit" />
    <item android:id="@+id/action_share"
          android:title="Action Bar Share"
          android:showAsAction="ifRoom" />

OK now we go to the java code. In your Activity file copy this code.

package com.coderzheaven.actionbarsearch;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuInflater;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.widget.SearchView;
import android.widget.SearchView.OnQueryTextListener;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class ActionBarWithSearch extends Activity  implements OnQueryTextListener {
    TextView mSearchText;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        mSearchText = new TextView(this);
        mSearchText.setPadding(10, 10, 10, 10);
        mSearchText.setText("Action Bar Usage example from CoderzHeaven");

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater();
        inflater.inflate(, menu);
        SearchView searchView = (SearchView) menu.findItem(;
        return true;

    public boolean onPrepareOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        return super.onPrepareOptionsMenu(menu);

    public boolean    onOptionsItemSelected       (MenuItem item) {
        Toast.makeText(this, "Selected Item: " + item.getTitle(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
        return true;

    // The following callbacks are called for the SearchView.OnQueryChangeListener
    public boolean onQueryTextChange(String newText) {
        newText = newText.isEmpty() ? "" : "Query so far: " + newText;
        return true;

    public boolean      onQueryTextSubmit      (String query) {
        //Toast.makeText(this, "Searching for: " + query + "...", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
        mSearchText.setText("Searching for: " + query + "...");
        return true;

Here “onQueryTextChange” function Listens to the search textbox when we type and “onQueryTextSubmit” function Listens when we hit search in the keyboard.

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7 thoughts on “ActionBar with Search Option and other options in Android.

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  3. Govarthanan

    Thank you for posting this tutorial.
    Will action bar show edit box when user clicks @+id/action_search”. If not, could you please tell me how to add edit box in action bar.


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