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Android ActionBarCompat-Basic Sample

This sample shows you how to use ActionBarCompat to create a basic Activity which displays action items. It covers inflating items from a menu resource, as well as adding an item in code.


Android 3.0 introduced the “action bar” control, a toolbar that is expected to be present in most types of applications. This control identifies the user location, and provides user actions and navigation modes. Using the action bar offers your users a familiar interface across applications that the system gracefully adapts for different screen configurations.

Instantiating an action bar can be done by using the ActionBar API provided in API 11 or above. Support for older devices is provided by the support library’s ActionBar implementation, compatible back to API 7. This sample demonstrates using the support library APIs.

Using an ActionBar with the support library requires the following steps:

  1. Create your activity by extending AppCompatActivity.
  2. Use (or extend) one of the Theme.AppCompat themes for your activity.

Once this is done, action items will be created for any options menu items that would otherwise be created during when [onCreateOptionsMenu()][3] is called.


  • Android SDK 27
  • Android Build Tools v27.0.2
  • Android Support Repository


Screenshot Screenshot

Getting Started

This sample uses the Gradle build system. To build this project, use the "gradlew build" command or use "Import Project" in Android Studio.


If you've found an error in this sample, please file an issue:

Patches are encouraged, and may be submitted by forking this project and submitting a pull request through GitHub. Please see for more details.


Copyright 2017 The Android Open Source Project, Inc.

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