How to setext to multiple selected items from a ListView


Can somebody tell me how can I display in a TextView multiple selected items from a ListView? I want to display only items which are selected, when item is unselected it can't be displayed. Here's my code

final String[] favoriteTVShows =
                    "Wolf", "Inception", "Heat", "Gladiator", "Birdman", "Seven", "TVshow1", "TVshow2", "Tvshow3"

    ListAdapter theAdapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this, android.R.layout.simple_list_item_multiple_choice, favoriteTVShows);

    ListView theListView = (ListView) findViewById(;

    theListView.setItemChecked(2, true);


    theListView.setOnItemClickListener(new AdapterView.OnItemClickListener() {
        public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> adapterView, View view, int position, long id) {
            String tvShowPicked = "You selected " + String.valueOf(adapterView.getItemAtPosition(position));

            Toast.makeText(List.this, tvShowPicked, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


  1. Create a method to update the text view text every time onItemClick is called.

    void updateTextView() { ... }

  2. Use getCheckedItemPositions to get an array of checked items in your list and add it your method.

  3. Use a StringBuilder to add the labels for selected items inside the method:

    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    for (int i = 0; i < selectedItems; i++) {
        if (i < selectedItems.length - 1) {
            sb.append(", "); // Add a comma for separation