How to text filter an Android ListView backed by a SimpleCursorAdapter?

For a SimpleCursorAdapter cursor, you only need to use the setFilterQueryProvider, to run another query for your cursor, based on the constraint:

m_Adapter.setFilterQueryProvider(new FilterQueryProvider() {

  public Cursor runQuery(CharSequence constraint) {
    Log.d(LOG_TAG, "runQuery constraint:"+constraint);
    //uri, projection, and sortOrder might be the same as previous
    //but you might want a new selection, based on your filter content (constraint)
    Cursor cur = managedQuery(uri, projection, selection, selectionArgs, sortOrder);
    return cur; //now your adapter will have the new filtered content


When a constraint is added (eg. by using a TextView) the adapter must be filtered:

public void onTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start, int before, int count) {
  Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Filter:"+s);
  if (m_slvAdapter!=null) {

Hope this helps. I will try to write a complete article , with source code the next few days.

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