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[DEPRECATED] Action bar implementation which uses the native action bar on Android 4.0+ and a custom implementation on pre-4.0 through a single API and theme.
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Action Bar Sherlock

The ActionBarSherlock class is a helper designed to facilitate the use of the action bar design pattern across all versions of Android leveraging the best APIs available.

The class will automatically use the native ActionBar implementation on Android 3.0 or later. For previous versions which do not include ActionBar, a custom action bar implementation can automatically be wrapped around the layout. Support for this goes all the way back to Android 1.5.

All interaction with these action bars is handled through the optional extension of static classes which should be implemented in each Activity as inner-classes.

Examples of third-party implementations can be found in the samples/ folder of this repository.

ActionBarSherlock is also 100% compatible with the Fragments API, both natively and using the compatability package.

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There are three ways to leverage ActionBarSherlock in your projects:

  1. Download the JAR file from the downloads page and add it to your project's build path (commonly the libs/ directory).
  2. If you're using the Eclipse Development Environment with the ADT plugin version 0.9.7 or greater you can include this as a library project. Create a new Android project in Eclipse using the repository folder as the existing source. Then, in your project properties, add the created project under the 'Libraries' section of the 'Android' category.
  3. If you use maven to build you Android project, you can simply add a dependency for this project.


    Make sure you also include in the repositories section of your pom.xml.


There are a variety of ways to get started with ActionBarSherlock.


Two sample applications are included which demonstrate implementing custom action bar handlers for GreenDroid* and Android-ActionBar. These are located in the samples/ folder of this repository.

There is also a port of the Shakespeare fragments demo from the Android 3.0 API demos which has been converted to use this library for more of a real-world implementation. It depends on the Android-ActionBar library as well.

In order for these sample applications to properly work, the respective library that they depend on needs to be cloned in the same parent folder as this one.

This can be accomplished by executing one or both of the following commands in the parent directory.

  • git clone git://
  • git clone git://

You can also download pre-built .apks for each of these samples from the project download page for demonstration.

Due the use of third-party libraries, the samples have a minimum requirement of Android 1.6.

* NOTE: The GreenDroid implementation currently requires a fork of the official repository and NOT the official repository itself. This is because the current official GreenDroid library has API conflicts with Android 3.0. Until the changes implemented in the fork are merged upstream, this is the only way to achieve the GreenDroid implementation.

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Copyright 2011 Jake Wharton

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