Android TableLayout example

In Android, TableLayout let you arranges components in rows and columns, just like the standard table layout in HTML, <tr> and <td>.

In this tutorial, we show you how to use TableLayout to arrange button, textview and edittext in rows and columns format, and also demonstrates the use of “android:layout_span” to span view in 2 cells, and “android:layout_column” to display the view in specified column.

In Eclipse 3.7, XML code assist will not prompts the attribute “android:layout_span“, “android:layout_column” and many other useful TableLayout attributes, no idea why, may be bug. Just put the attribute inside, it’s still compile and run.

P.S This project is developed in Eclipse 3.7, and tested with Android 2.3.3.

1. TableLayout

Open “res/layout/main.xml” file, add following views for demonstration. Read the XML comments, it should be self-explanatory.

File : res/layout/main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<TableLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:layout_height="fill_parent" >
    <!-- 2 columns -->
        android:padding="5dip" >
            android:text="Column 1"
            android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" />
            android:text="Column 2" />
    <!-- edittext span 2 column -->
        android:padding="5dip" >
            android:text="Column 1 &amp; 2" />
    <!-- just draw a red line -->
        android:background="#FF0000" />
    <!-- 3 columns -->
        android:padding="5dip" >
            android:text="Column 1"
            android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" />
            android:text="Column 2" />
            android:text="Column 3" />
    <!-- display this button in 3rd column via layout_column(zero based) -->
        android:padding="5dip" >
            android:text="Column 3" />
    <!-- display this button in 2nd column via layout_column(zero based) -->
        android:padding="5dip" >
            android:text="Column 2" />

2. Demo

See result.

android tablelayout demo

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  • pamela

    Este tipo de ejemplos ayudan muchísimo para los que apenas estamos aprendiendo. Thanks for the example.

  • Prabu

    It seems there is no direct property to do row span.
    This website has information to do row span using table layout. May be this will help others.

  • shawn

    I have a question on this type of layout.
    on a small phone, this is ok. However, when I try to do on a tablet for some sort of inventory infor input. I add a lot of fields and when I add android:textSize=”25sp” and android:layout_span to space between fields. The whole appearance get mess up. Do u know what kind of problem i am encounter? if need, i will send my XML thanks

  • Libin K K

    when i used this table layout it works fine in the AVD but when i installed it on the phone it makes some resolution problems, ie it doesn’t matches with the screen size can you help me out in this

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  • sabas mendivil

    i guess that the prompts are more kind of an advise, you put “columns x” like text and it will be “better” if you put them as values at strings, i didn’t try to change it but i guess it’s just the advice, not a bug :)

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  • H3

    Awesome, as always

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  • Hari

    great tutorial, thanks for your help

  • AnuradhaSuresh

    Hai. I am a starter in android application development. Kindly help me how to create multiple rows in a table and key performance to create a row. I am able to create 3 rows now. but i want to autogenerate the rows while entering the datas in table.

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  • Siva Kumar

    Thanks …

    • ashu

      awosome tutorial …………………..

  • javaLover

    great tutorials … thanks …

  • Honey Hong

    thanks, this is very helpful. :)

  • shima

    thanks a lot

  • Awais

    nice work

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  • Neo An

    Thanks for sharing! Your post is very useful to me!
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  • http://google manohar

    one more thing when ever design a screen first use scrollview layout and then add your layouts to it…….it makes your screen scrollable even you turn your mobile into landscape………………

    • mkyong

      Nice tips. Thanks ~

      • Nagarjuna

        can you say how to add scrollview layout… thankyou

        • navdeep

          add scrollview open and close tab bothside of view

      • Daniel

        Thanks for the tutorial. I have been struggling to learn how to reduce (or control) space between rows. I am trying to make my screen fit on different screen sizes (vertically),…I notice the space between table rows is pushing my widgets downscreen so they cannot be seen. What should I do? Thanks.

  • http://google manohar

    instead of using table layout go through the relative layout otherwise absolute layout

    • jyoti

      nice tutorial…this help me a lot….and i searching all over the google and at last i find urs tutorial .thnx…

      • jyoti

        what is the use of layout_span in edit text box..