NativeScript UI ListView

Note

This documentation is a current WIP item being migrated from previous documentation. You can access the documentation being migrated here.

Overview

The NativeScript UI ListView plugin is a virtualizing list component that provides the most popular features associated with scenarios where a list of items is used. All these features are embedded in one control with the idea to save developer time and provide better experience. The main features include:

  • Item animations
  • Different layouts and orientations
  • Smart defaults for many gestures - select on long press, execution of special action on swipe, reorder of items on long press and drag, refreshing the list on swipe or loading more items only when needed.

Installation

In Command prompt / Terminal navigate to your application root folder and run:

ns plugin add nativescript-ui-listview

Features

Different Layouts RadListView supports three different item layout strategies that are commonly used on mobile apps:

list - items are stacked - either horizontally or vertically, depending on the scrolling orientation.

grid - items are arranged in columns or rows - depending on the scrolling orientation.

staggered grid - items are ordered in a staggered grid formation - either in rows or columns, depending on the scrolling orientation.

All layouts are virtualized and optimized for mobile devices.

Selection

RadListView for NativeScript exposes API allowing you to enable item selection and track selection changes.

When using the selection mechanism, two selection modes are available:

  • Single selection
  • Multiple selection

RadListView also exposes convenient API for programmatically selecting or deselecting items and acquiring the currently selected items. The following methods are exposed by RadListView to manage selection:

  • selectAll() - selects all available items in the data source
  • deselectAll() - deselects all currently selected items from the data source
  • selectItemAt(index) - selects the item at the specified index
  • deselectItemAt(index) - deselects the item at the specified index if selected
  • isItemSelected(item) - determines whether the provided item is selected
  • getSelectedItems() - returns an array of the items currently selected

Enabling Selection in RadListView

The value of the selectionBehavior property determines how the item selection works. It accepts the values from the ListViewSelectionBehavior enumeration:

  • ListViewSelectionBehavior.None - items cannot be selected
  • ListViewSelectionBehavior.Press - items are selected by tapping on them
  • ListViewSelectionBehavior.LongPress - items are selected by holding them

Additionally, the value of the multipleSelection property determines which selection mode will be used. The available options are:

  • multiple selection mode - allows for selecting multiple items. RadListView keeps track of which items are selected and exposes them through a getSelectedItems() method. Multiple selection is enabled by setting the multipleSelection property to true.
  • single selection mode - only one item can be selected at a time. This mode is enabled by setting the multipleSelection property to false.

Enabling multiple selection on RadListView in XML

Handling Selection Events

To notify you when the selection state of an item is changed, RadListView exposes the following events:

  • itemSelecting - fired before an item is selected. Can be used to cancel the operation.
  • itemSelected - fired after an item is successfully selected. At this point the item is already in the selected items array returned by the getSelectedItems() method.
  • itemDeselecting - fired before an item is deselected. Can be used to cancel the operation.
  • itemDeselected - fired after an item has been successfully deselected. At this point the item is not part of the selected items array returned by the getSelectedItems() method.

Examples

Single Selection

<GridLayout orientation="vertical" rows="auto, *, auto">
  <lv:RadListView
    id="listView"
    items="{{ dataItems }}"
    row="1"
    selectionBehavior="Press"
    itemSelected="onItemSelected"
    itemDeselected="onItemDeselected"
  >
    <lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
      <StackLayout orientation="vertical" paddingLeft="16">
        <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ itemName }}" />
        <Label fontSize="13" text="{{ itemEmail }}" />
      </StackLayout>
    </lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
  </lv:RadListView>
  <Label id="txtSelection" textWrap="true" row="2" />
</GridLayout>
export function onItemSelected(args) {
  const selectedItems = listView.getSelectedItems()
  let selectedTitles = 'Selected items: '
  for (let i = 0; i < selectedItems.length; i++) {
    selectedTitles += selectedItems[i].itemName

    if (i < selectedItems.length - 1) {
      selectedTitles += ', '
    }
  }

  lblSelection.text = selectedTitles
}

export function onItemDeselected(args) {
  const selectedItems = listView.getSelectedItems()
  let selectedTitles = 'Selected items: '
  for (let i = 0; i < selectedItems.length; i++) {
    selectedTitles += selectedItems[i].itemName

    if (i < selectedItems.length - 1) {
      selectedTitles += ', '
    }
  }

  lblSelection.text = selectedTitles
}

Multiple Selection

<Page
  loaded="onPageLoaded"
  xmlns:lv="nativescript-ui-listview"
  xmlns="http://www.nativescript.org/tns.xsd"
>
  <lv:RadListView
    id="listView"
    items="{{ dataItems }}"
    row="1"
    selectionBehavior="Press"
    multipleSelection="true"
  >
    <lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
      <StackLayout orientation="vertical" android:paddingLeft="16" ios:paddingLeft="50">
        <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ name }}" />
      </StackLayout>
    </lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
  </lv:RadListView>
</Page>

Programmatic Selection

<Page
  loaded="onPageLoaded"
  xmlns:lv="nativescript-ui-listview"
  xmlns="http://www.nativescript.org/tns.xsd"
>
  <GridLayout orientation="vertical" rows="auto, *">
    <lv:RadListView
      items="{{ dataItems }}"
      row="1"
      id="listView"
      multipleSelection="true"
      selectionBehavior="Press"
    >
      <lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
        <StackLayout orientation="vertical" ios:paddingLeft="50" android:paddingLeft="16">
          <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ itemName }}" />
          <Label fontSize="14" text="{{ itemEmail }}" />
        </StackLayout>
      </lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
    </lv:RadListView>
  </GridLayout>
</Page>
export function onPageLoaded(args) {
  const page = args.object
  listView = page.getViewById('listView')
}

export function onSelectItemAtTap(args) {
  listView.selectItemAt(Number(txtSelectItemIndex.text))
}

export function onDeselectItemAtTap(args) {
  listView.deselectItemAt(Number(txtDeselectItemIndex.text))
}

export function onSelectAllTap(args) {
  listView.selectAll()
}

export function onDeselectAllTap(args) {
  listView.deselectAll()
}

First Visible Index

getFirstVisiblePosition() returns the first visible position the listview.

import { RadListView } from 'nativescript-ui-listview'

let myList: RadListView

export function onPageLoaded(args) {
  const page = args.object as Page
  myList = page.getViewById('myList') as RadListView
}

export function getTheFirstVisiblePositionOfTheList() {
  const firstVisibleIndex = myList.getFirstVisiblePosition()
  console.log('First visible index:', firstVisibleIndex)
}

Horizontal Layout

<lv:RadListView items="{{ dataItems }}" horizontalAlignement="center">
  <lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
    <StackLayout orientation="vertical">
      <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ itemName }}" />
      <Label fontSize="14" text="{{ itemDescription }}" textWrap="true" />
    </StackLayout>
  </lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
  <lv:RadListView.listViewLayout>
    <lv:ListViewLinearLayout scrollDirection="Horizontal" />
  </lv:RadListView.listViewLayout>
</lv:RadListView>

Pull to Refresh

pullToRefresh - set to true to enable pull to refresh functionality.

pullToRefreshInitiated - event to initiate your data processing for updating the listview items.

<lv:RadListView
  items="{{ dataItems }}"
  pullToRefresh="true"
  pullToRefreshInitiated="{{ onPullToRefreshInitiated }}"
>
  <lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
    <StackLayout
      orientation="vertical"
      padding="5 10 5 10"
      style="background-color: #7fff7f;"
    >
      <StackLayout
        orientation="horizontal"
        padding="10"
        style="background-color: #65a565;"
      >
        <img:Img height="100" width="80" src="{{ image }}" />
        <StackLayout orientation="vertical" marginLeft="15">
          <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ name }}" marginBottom="8" />
          <Label
            fontSize="14"
            text="{{ title }}"
            style="font-weight: bold;"
            textWrap="true"
          />
          <Label fontSize="12" text="{{ text }}" color="White" textWrap="true" />
        </StackLayout>
      </StackLayout>
    </StackLayout>
  </lv:RadListView.itemTemplate>
</lv:RadListView>
import { ListViewEventData } from 'nativescript-ui-listview'

async onPullToRefreshInitiated(args: ListViewEventData) {
    // some operation to fetch more data items from a backend service/API
    const data = await someHttpCall()
    if (data) {
        // add the data to your existing observable array bound to the RLV Items
        const listView = args.object;
        listView.notifyPullToRefreshFinished();
    }
}

Documentation

API Reference

Here is the API Reference section.