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Create simple Android forms


Basic Usage

  1. Create a "FromDescriptor" - It's the holder for the form

    FormDescriptor descriptor = FormDescriptor.newInstance();
    descriptor.setOnFormRowValueChangedListener(this); //Listen for changes
  2. Create sections with "SectionDescriptor" and add rows - Sections can have titles and rows (Form Elements)

    SectionDescriptor sectionDescriptor = SectionDescriptor.newInstance("tag","Title");
    //Add rows - form elements
    sectionDescriptor.addRow( RowDescriptor.newInstance("text",RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeText, "Text", new Value<String>("test")) );
    sectionDescriptor.addRow( RowDescriptor.newInstance("dateDialog",RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeDate, "Date Dialog") );
  3. To render your form, use the "FormManager" helper. You will need a ListView instance.

        FormManager formManager = new FormManager();
        formManager.setup(descriptor, mListView, getActivity());
  4. Attention! If you use EditText based form elements, make sure you set "windowSoftInputMode" to "adjustPan"

    Do it in your manifest:


    Or programmatically in the onCreate method of your activity

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
  5. Create elements with custom type identifier and a FormCell class. You can also submit configs to use objects in your cell

    String customType = "customRowIdentifier";
    CellViewFactory.getInstance().setRowTypeMap(customType, CustomFormCell.class);
    RowDescriptor customRow = RowDescriptor.newInstance("custom",customType, "title", new Value<String>("value"));
    HashMap<String, Object> cellConfig = new HashMap();

Use annotations for models

  1. You can create a form from a POJO by adding annotations to your model properties

    public class Entry {
                label = R.string.lb_title,
                rowDescriptorType = RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeText,
                sortId = 1,
                section = R.string.section_general
        public String title;
                label = R.string.lb_description,
                rowDescriptorType = RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeTextView,
                sortId = 2,
                section = R.string.section_general
        public String description;
                label = R.string.lb_date_dialog,
                rowDescriptorType = RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeDate,
                sortId = 4,
                section = R.string.section_date
        public Date date;
                label = R.string.lb_date_inline,
                rowDescriptorType = RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeDateInline,
                tag = "customDateInlineTag",
                sortId = 3,
                section = R.string.section_date
        public Date dateInline;
  2. Use "FormDescriptorAnnotationFactory" to create a FormDescriptor from your model

    FormDescriptorAnnotationFactory factory = new FormDescriptorAnnotationFactory(getActivity());
    FormDescriptor descriptor = factory.createFormDescriptorFromAnnotatedClass(entry);


  1. Define custom validators by implementing FormValidator
    public class EmailValidator implements FormValidator {
        private static final String EMAIL_PATTERN =
                        + "[A-Za-z0-9-]+(\\.[A-Za-z0-9]+)*(\\.[A-Za-z]{2,})$";
        public RowValidationError validate(RowDescriptor descriptor) {
            Value value = descriptor.getValue();
            if (value.getValue() != null && value.getValue() instanceof String) {
                String val = (String) value.getValue();
                return (val.matches(EMAIL_PATTERN)) ? null : new RowValidationError(descriptor,  R.string.validation_invalid_email);
            return new RowValidationError(descriptor, R.string.validation_invalid_email);

} ```

  1. With annotations Specify validator classes as an array of .class items

            label = R.string.email,
            rowDescriptorType = RowDescriptor.FormRowDescriptorTypeEmailInline,
            sortId = 2,
            validatorClasses = {EmailValidator.class, BlankStringValidator.class}
    public String email;
  2. Or add validators to rowdescriptors manually

    RowDescriptor rowDescriptor = RowDescriptor.newInstance("valid",
        "Email Test",
        new Value<String>("notavalidemail"));
    rowDescriptor.addValidator(new EmailValidator());


QMBForm is not available at the maven repository yet. But it's a gradly based android-library project.

  1. Include the QMBFrom directory as a library module in your application
  2. see sample application:

Add this to your build.gradle dependencies section

compile project(":lib:QMBForm")

Add this to your settings.gradle

include ':app', ':lib:QMBForm'

QMBForm has no dependencies to other third party libs (but compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:19.+') is needed

Supported Form Elements

Most elements have an inline version (label on the same line as the displayed value) and a normal version (label on separate line above displayed value).

  • Available elements:
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeName = "name";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeText = "text";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTextInline = "textInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDetail = "detail";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDetailInline = "detailInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTextView = "textView";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTextViewInline = "textViewInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeURL = "url";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeEmail = "email";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeEmailInline = "emailInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypePassword = "password";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypePasswordInline = "passwordInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeNumber = "number";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeNumberInline = "numberInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeCurrency = "currency";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypePhone = "phone";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeInteger = "integer";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeIntegerInline = "integerInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorSpinner = "selectorSpinner";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorSpinnerInline = "selectorSpinnerInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorPickerDialog = "selectorPickerDialog";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDateInline = "dateInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTimeInline = "timeInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDate = "date";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTime = "time";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeBooleanCheck = "booleanCheck";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeBooleanSwitch = "booleanSwitch";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeButton = "button";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeButtonInline = "buttonInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorSegmentedControl = "selectorSegmentedControl";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorSegmentedControlInline = "selectorSegmentedControlInline";
  • Coming elements: (Avaiable at XLForm)
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeTwitter = "twitter";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeAccount = "account";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorPush = "selectorPush";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorActionSheet = "selectorActionSheet";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorAlertView = "selectorAlertView";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorPickerView = "selectorPickerView";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorPickerViewInline = "selectorPickerViewInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeMultipleSelector = "multipleSelector";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeSelectorLeftRight = "selectorLeftRight";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDateTimeInline = "datetimeInline";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeDateTime = "datetime";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypePicker = "picker";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeImage = "image";
      public static final String FormRowDescriptorTypeStepCounter = "stepCounter";

To do

  • Simpler cell customisation
  • More form elements
  • Form model


QMBForm is based on the ideas of XLForm - the most flexible and powerful iOS library to create dynamic table-view forms.

Thanks guys!

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