Kotlin Android Spinner – Fill From Array and ItemSelectionListener


This is a tutorial for population of spinner from a Kotlin Array and handling the spinner’s itemSelection event.

Spinner is a widget, of course defined in the android.widget package and allows us render items in a dropdwon fashion.

In this tutorial we want to see how to set array of items in our spinner. Our programming language is Kotlin.


We also see how to retrieve the selected item and display them in a Toast.

Let’s go.

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Kotlin Simple Spinner Example

Here’s our example.

Let’s write some code.


Android platform provides a powerful and flexible way of adding static content as a resource.

These static content will also be packaged into the APK file. The static content will be stored either as a resource or as an asset.

Resources belong to a given type. These types can be:

  1. Drawable.
  2. Layout.
  3. Value.

Let’s start by looking at the layout resources

(a). activity_main.xml

This layout will get inflated into the main activity’s user interface. This will happen via the Activity’s setContentView() method which will require us to pass it the layout.

We will do so inside the onCreate() method of Activity.

In our case we will make use of the following widgets and viewgroups:

  1. LinearLayout – Will arrange our TextView and Spinner linearly with TextView on top of Spinner.
  2. TextView – Will display the header text of our app.
  3. Spinner – Will render our data in dropdown fashion.

Here’s the code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

        android_text="Nebulas App"
        android_textColor="@color/colorAccent" />

        android_layout_height="wrap_content" />


Kotlin Code.

Android apps can be mainly written in Java or Kotlin. These days however there are many frameworks like Flutter also which use languages like Dart.

In this class we are using Kotlin programming language.

We will have these classes in our project.


This is our launcher activity as the name suggests. This means it will be the main entry point to our app in that when the user clicks the icon for our app, this activity will get rendered first.

We override a method called onCreate(). Here we will start by inflating our main layout via the setContentView() method.

Our main activity is actually an activity since it’s deriving from the AppCompatActivity.

package info.camposha.kotlinspinner

import android.os.Bundle
import android.view.View
import android.widget.AdapterView
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter
import android.widget.Spinner
import android.widget.Toast

class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

        val nebulae = arrayOf<String>("Boomerang", "Orion", "Witch Head", "Ghost Head", "Black Widow", "Flame", "Cone","Pelican","Helix","Snake","Elephant's Trunk")

        val mySpinner = findViewById( as Spinner

        var adapter= ArrayAdapter(this,android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1,nebulae)

        mySpinner.onItemSelectedListener = object : AdapterView.OnItemSelectedListener {
            override fun onItemSelected(adapterView: AdapterView<*>, view: View, i: Int, l: Long) {
                Toast.makeText(this@MainActivity, nebulae[i], Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()
            override fun onNothingSelected(adapterView: AdapterView<*>) {

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