Getting the current position of a ViewPager

I know with the Gallery widget I was able to use getSelectedItemPosition(); to retrieve the current position, however it doesnt seem ViewPager has that.

I know I can setup a listener and retrieve the position when the page is switched. But I want the current view position.

-------------Problems Reply------------

Create a listener and set it on your viewpager:

* Get the current view position from the ViewPager by
* extending SimpleOnPageChangeListener class and adding your method
public class DetailOnPageChangeListener extends ViewPager.SimpleOnPageChangeListener {

private int currentPage;

public void onPageSelected(int position) {
currentPage = position;

public final int getCurrentPage() {
return currentPage;

You can use:


Well, to anyone who was actually paying attention... my previous solution didnt actually work. So I deleted it and came up with a hack that seems to work great! LOL!

First, a little information. If you iterate thru all children of a ViewPager with ViewPager.getChildAt(x); and print out with toString() (or getLeft()) each child View (a page) and then do this everytime you change pages, you will notice that the children will not be in the logical order that they are displayed in when you start going back pages (paging back to the beginning). Apparently, it will remove the unneeded child from the array then append the newest child to the array. So, for example, lets say you are looking at page 2 then changed to page 3, your list of children will be in this order page 2, page 3, page 4 meaning that ViewPager.getChildAt(1); will return the current page. But, if you then change back to page 2 (from page 3) your list of children will be in this order page 2, page 3, page 1 which means that ViewPager.getChildAt(1); does not return the current page. I have not yet been able to find simple logic to weed out the current page using this information. Because the order of the pages in the array behind getChildAt is in an arbitrary order based off of how the user has been paging around.

That being said, I developed a hack work-around. I have no clue if this function will work in all in environments, but it works for my current project. I would suspect if doesn't for you, then its an issue of different API level. But I dont actually suspect any issues for other environments.

Now, onto the meat. What I noticed was that the result of ViewPager.getChildAt(x).getLeft() will have some type of horizontal pixel coordinate relative to the parent. So, I used this information to weed out which view is the current one.

private int getCurrentPageIndex(ViewPager vp){
int first,second,id1,id2,left;
id1 = first = second = 99999999;
View v;
for ( int i = 0, k = vp.getChildCount() ; i < k ; ++i ) {
left = vp.getChildAt(i).getLeft();
if ( left < second ) {
if ( left < first ) {
second = first;
id2 = id1;
first = left;
id1 = i;
} else {
second = left;
id2 = i;
return id2;

This function is probably a questionable hack because it relies on the value of getLeft() to figure it all out. But, I grab the left coordinate of each child. I then compare this to the other values and store the first and second pages, returning the second page (current page) out of the function. It seems to work beautifully.

Why (might you ask) didnt I just use onClickListenter or whatever solution? Well, I was darned determined that there was a straight forward way to do this without having to include listeners, other classes, inconclusive focus, and other bloat. Unfortunately, this solution is not exactly straight forward. But, it does do away with the bloat, other classes and listeners. If I can figure out a more straight forward way, I will be rewriting this function. Or maybe, this will provide insight for someone else to have an epiphany.

Category:android Views:0 Time:2011-11-24

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