How to add Action Bar in Android Applications?

In this post, I will teach you how to add Action Bar in Android Applications. I will also discuss how to make the Action Bar work in lower SDK Android version (Backward compatibility).


You must know about Action Bar before you start creating it. I recommend you to take a look at What is Action Bar? post which will provide you basic information about Action Bar.

Adding the Action Bar in Android applcation involves three steps, they are:

  1. Create Android Application Project with Holo Theme
  2. Setting up the Action Bar for lower SDK versions
  3. Adding Action Buttons
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What is Action Bar?

In this post, I will walk you through an important Android UI component – Action Bar. You will also find list of useful posts on Action Bar tutorial following this post. Before we start creating Action Bar, we should know What is Acton Bar and its uses.

Let us begin.

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Minimum Required SDK – Target SDK – Compile With

To create a new Android Application Project in Eclipse, one has to fill in following details to proceed to next step in project creation.

  1. Application Name – Is an App name that appears to User
  2. Project Name – Is a Name of the project directory
  3. Package Name – Is an Application’s package name
  4. Minimum Required SDK – ???
  5. Target SDK – ???
  6. Compile With – ???
  7. Theme – It specifies Android UI style

We enter Application name, Project name and Package name but we usually leave default values for Minimum Required SDK, Target SDK and Compile With.

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Android SQLite CRUD example

In this post, I will walk you through how to perform Create, Read, Update and Delete (CRUD) operations in SQLite DB embedded in Android devices.


You must know about SQLite before you start creating the application. Take a look at What is SQLite? post which will make you understand much about SQLite.

Here are the quick links:

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What is SQLite?

In this post, we will discuss about SQLite – A Thin Relational Database.

SQLite is used in most of the applications which need less complicated relational database.

SQLite is embedded in every Android device and it provides phenomenal support to perform database operations in Android via in built Android APIs.

Here are the quick links:

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