How to Get List of Installed Apps in Android

Android PackageManager class is used to retrieve information on the application packages that are currently installed on the device. You can get an instance of PackageManager class by calling getPackageManager(). PackageManager provides methods for querying and manipulating installed packages and related permissions, etc. In this Android example, we we get list of installed apps in Android.

How to Get List of Installed Apps in Android

PackageManager packageManager = getPackageManager();
List<ApplicationInfo> list = packageManager.getInstalledApplications(PackageManager.GET_META_DATA)

packageManager.getInstalledApplications() return a List of all application packages that are installed on the device. If we set the flag GET_UNINSTALLED_PACKAGES has been set, a list of all applications including those deleted with DONT_DELETE_DATA (partially installed apps with data directory) will be returned.

1. Creating application layout in xml

activity_main.xml

As you can see in the attached screenshot, we will be creating a ListView to show all of the installed applications in android.

<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent"
    android:orientation="vertical" >

    <ListView
        android:id="@android:id/list"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

</LinearLayout>

snippet_list_row.xml

This layout is being used by the ListView Adapter for representing application details. It shows application icon, application name and application package.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content" >

    <ImageView
        android:id="@+id/app_icon"
        android:layout_width="50dp"
        android:layout_height="50dp"
        android:padding="3dp"
        android:scaleType="centerCrop" />

    <LinearLayout
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="fill_parent"
        android:gravity="center_vertical"
        android:orientation="vertical"
        android:paddingLeft="5dp" >

        <TextView
            android:id="@+id/app_name"
            android:layout_width="fill_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:gravity="center_vertical"
            android:textStyle="bold" />

        <TextView
            android:id="@+id/app_paackage"
            android:layout_width="fill_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:gravity="center_vertical" />
    </LinearLayout>

</LinearLayout>

 

2. Writing Java class

AllAppsActivity.java

This is the main application class that is used to initialize and list the installed applications. As getting the list of application details from PackageManage is a long running task, we will do that in AsyncTask. Also, this class is using custom Adapter “ApplicationAdapter” for custom ListView.

package com.javatechig.listapps;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import android.app.AlertDialog;
import android.app.ListActivity;
import android.app.ProgressDialog;
import android.content.ActivityNotFoundException;
import android.content.DialogInterface;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.content.pm.ApplicationInfo;
import android.content.pm.PackageManager;
import android.net.Uri;
import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuInflater;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.ListView;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class AllAppsActivity extends ListActivity {
	private PackageManager packageManager = null;
	private List<ApplicationInfo> applist = null;
	private ApplicationAdapter listadaptor = null;

	@Override
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

		packageManager = getPackageManager();

		new LoadApplications().execute();
	}

	public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
		MenuInflater inflater = getMenuInflater();
		inflater.inflate(R.menu.menu, menu);

		return true;
	}

	public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
		boolean result = true;

		switch (item.getItemId()) {
		case R.id.menu_about: {
			displayAboutDialog();

			break;
		}
		default: {
			result = super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

			break;
		}
		}

		return result;
	}

	private void displayAboutDialog() {
		final AlertDialog.Builder builder = new AlertDialog.Builder(this);
		builder.setTitle(getString(R.string.about_title));
		builder.setMessage(getString(R.string.about_desc));

		builder.setPositiveButton("Know More", new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
		       public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int id) {
		    	   Intent browserIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse("http://javatechig.com"));
		    	   startActivity(browserIntent);
		    	   dialog.cancel();
		       }
		   });
		builder.setNegativeButton("No Thanks!", new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
		       public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int id) {
		            dialog.cancel();
		       }
		});

		builder.show();
	}

	@Override
	protected void onListItemClick(ListView l, View v, int position, long id) {
		super.onListItemClick(l, v, position, id);

		ApplicationInfo app = applist.get(position);
		try {
			Intent intent = packageManager
					.getLaunchIntentForPackage(app.packageName);

			if (null != intent) {
				startActivity(intent);
			}
		} catch (ActivityNotFoundException e) {
			Toast.makeText(AllAppsActivity.this, e.getMessage(),
					Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
		} catch (Exception e) {
			Toast.makeText(AllAppsActivity.this, e.getMessage(),
					Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
		}
	}

	private List<ApplicationInfo> checkForLaunchIntent(List<ApplicationInfo> list) {
		ArrayList<ApplicationInfo> applist = new ArrayList<ApplicationInfo>();
		for (ApplicationInfo info : list) {
			try {
				if (null != packageManager.getLaunchIntentForPackage(info.packageName)) {
					applist.add(info);
				}
			} catch (Exception e) {
				e.printStackTrace();
			}
		}

		return applist;
	}

	private class LoadApplications extends AsyncTask<Void, Void, Void> {
		private ProgressDialog progress = null;

		@Override
		protected Void doInBackground(Void... params) {
			applist = checkForLaunchIntent(packageManager.getInstalledApplications(PackageManager.GET_META_DATA));
			listadaptor = new ApplicationAdapter(AllAppsActivity.this,
					R.layout.snippet_list_row, applist);

			return null;
		}

		@Override
		protected void onCancelled() {
			super.onCancelled();
		}

		@Override
		protected void onPostExecute(Void result) {
			setListAdapter(listadaptor);
			progress.dismiss();
			super.onPostExecute(result);
		}

		@Override
		protected void onPreExecute() {
			progress = ProgressDialog.show(AllAppsActivity.this, null,
					"Loading application info...");
			super.onPreExecute();
		}

		@Override
		protected void onProgressUpdate(Void... values) {
			super.onProgressUpdate(values);
		}
	}
}

ApplicationAdapter.java

package com.javatechig.listapps;

import java.util.List;

import android.content.Context;
import android.content.pm.ApplicationInfo;
import android.content.pm.PackageManager;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ArrayAdapter;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class ApplicationAdapter extends ArrayAdapter<ApplicationInfo> {
	private List<ApplicationInfo> appsList = null;
	private Context context;
	private PackageManager packageManager;

	public ApplicationAdapter(Context context, int textViewResourceId,
			List<ApplicationInfo> appsList) {
		super(context, textViewResourceId, appsList);
		this.context = context;
		this.appsList = appsList;
		packageManager = context.getPackageManager();
	}

	@Override
	public int getCount() {
		return ((null != appsList) ? appsList.size() : 0);
	}

	@Override
	public ApplicationInfo getItem(int position) {
		return ((null != appsList) ? appsList.get(position) : null);
	}

	@Override
	public long getItemId(int position) {
		return position;
	}

	@Override
	public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup parent) {
		View view = convertView;
		if (null == view) {
			LayoutInflater layoutInflater = (LayoutInflater) context
					.getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);
			view = layoutInflater.inflate(R.layout.snippet_list_row, null);
		}

		ApplicationInfo data = appsList.get(position);
		if (null != data) {
			TextView appName = (TextView) view.findViewById(R.id.app_name);
			TextView packageName = (TextView) view.findViewById(R.id.app_paackage);
			ImageView iconview = (ImageView) view.findViewById(R.id.app_icon);

			appName.setText(data.loadLabel(packageManager));
			packageName.setText(data.packageName);
			iconview.setImageDrawable(data.loadIcon(packageManager));
		}
		return view;
	}
};

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  • Nicholas

    I just need to display the applications list. do you know if I need all those code. As I don’t want next screen about the information. Just the app list.
    appreciate if you can help me out.
    Thank you

    • http://javatechig.com/ javatechig

      You probably want to remove onItemClick() and displayAboutDialog() method.

  • http://javatechig.com/ javatechig

    nothing you have to change. Just follow the basic steps to create fragments. most/all codes should be reusable.

  • anurag

    nice