1. Introduction

Android navigation drawer is a one of the most common used design pattern that displays the app’s main navigation links on the left side of the screen. It is not visible by default, and shown when swiped from left to right or by clicking the navigation menu icon from ActionBar.

The following example explains, how to implement a navigation drawer using Android Support Library DrawerLayout API.
2. When to Use Navigation Drawer

Navigation drawer is an overlay panel, that is replaced with the legacy application dashboard screen or menu. Now we don’t need to create a dedicated activity for showing all application options. You can simply it further by just using navigation drawer.

Before you decide to use a navigation drawer in your app, you should understand the use cases and design principles defined in the Navigation Drawer design guide. It is not an general replacement for top-level menu navigation.

Follow official Android on design guidelines follow for more information.
3. Navigation Drawer Example

The following section of this tutorial, describes step by step approach to Implement a navigation drawer using the DrawerLayout APIs available in the Android Support Library. Some of the steps includes

  1. Create drawer layout
  2. Initialize navigation drawer layout
  3. Handle navigation drawer click
  4. Update content based on selection



4. Creating a Drawer Layout

For creating a navigation drawer, first we need to declare the drawer layout in your main activity where you want to show the navigation drawer. Add android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout as root view of activity layout.

A DrawerLayout can have the layout for list to be shown inside navigation drawer and layout for main content view. In this example, the DrawerLayout contains two child views; one FrameLayout for main content, and a ListView for the navigation drawer. The FrameLayout is used to hold the child view’s populated by a Fragment at runtime.



android:layout_height="match_parent" >

<!-- The main content view -->
android:layout_height="match_parent" />

<!-- The navigation drawer list-->
android:dividerHeight="0dp" />

5. Initialize the Drawer List

Now, first initialize the navigation drawer’s list of items. As here the navigation drawer consists a ListView, so the list can be populated by an Adapter.

items = getResources().getStringArray(R.array.menus);

/* Getting reference to the DrawerLayout */
mDrawerLayout = (DrawerLayout) findViewById(R.id.drawer_layout);
mDrawerList = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.drawer_list);

/* Creating an ArrayAdapter to add items to mDrawerList */
ArrayAdapter adapter = new ArrayAdapter(this,
        R.layout.drawer_list_item, items);

/* Setting the adapter to mDrawerList */



6. Handle Navigation Click Events

When the user selects an item in the drawer’s list, the system calls onItemClick() on the OnItemClickListener given to setOnItemClickListener(). In this example, selecting each item in the list inserts a different Fragment into the main content view FrameLayout.

// Setting item click listener to mDrawerList
mDrawerList.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener() {
    public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id) {
        selectedPosition = position;
        //Replace fragment content

Notice that in the above example we are using updateFragment() method that takes responsibility to update the content based on navigation drawer menu click. For the sake of simplicity, example loads the same WebView  with different url. Add the following method to your activity.

public void updateFragment() {
    FragmentManager fragmentManager = getFragmentManager();
    WebViewFragment rFragment = new WebViewFragment();

    // Passing selected item information to fragment
    Bundle data = new Bundle();
    data.putString("title", items[selectedPosition]);
    data.putString("url", getUrl());

    //Replace fragment
    FragmentTransaction ft = fragmentManager.beginTransaction();
    ft.replace(R.id.content_frame, rFragment);



7. Handle Drawer Open and Close Events

We can also listen to the drawer open and close event. To listen for drawer open and close events, we can extend the ActionBarDrawerToggle class. The ActionBarDrawerToggle implements DrawerLayout.DrawerListener.

/* Getting reference to the ActionBarDrawerToggle */
mDrawerToggle = new ActionBarDrawerToggle(this, mDrawerLayout, R.drawable.ic_drawer, R.string.drawer_open, R.string.drawer_close) {
    /* Called when drawer is closed */
    public void onDrawerClosed(View view) {
         //Put your code here

  /* Called when a drawer is opened */
  public void onDrawerOpened(View drawerView) {
     //Put your code here
/* Setting DrawerToggle on DrawerLayout */