android import ressources from library project

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is it possible to use ressources like strings that are defined in library projects in the application-projects? if so, how? because i cant seem to resolve the strings i would like to resolve like this:

String title = "sample";
int id = ressources.getIdentifier(title, "string", "com.package");

gives me this exception

WARN/ResourceType(278): No package identifier when getting value for resource number 0x00000000 WARN/System.err(278): android.content.res.Resources$NotFoundException: String resource ID #0x0

the string ("sample") i am looking for is definitely in this package provided in the strings.xml of the library project. i can even see it in the



answered 8 years ago Nick Campion #1

Yes, define the resources in your library project like normal. Then reference them in the project importing the library by prepending the R class with the package name in the AndroidManifest.xml of the library.

answered 8 years ago Quartertone #2

In your project code, import the R class:

import com.application.libraryproject.R

Then you can reference any string or other xml-defined resource like this:

String mystring = getString(R.string.app_name);

or similar.

answered 8 years ago Bert F #3

So it looks like

int id = ressources.getIdentifier(title, "string", "com.package");

is returning 0, meaning it can't find the specified resource. The subsequent call to ressources.getIdentifer() causes the exception, since 0 is not a valid resource id.

Here are some debug/alternative ideas:

  • You've probably already done this a dozen times, but it doesn't hurt mentioning: first recheck spelling of everything:

    • package spelling is correct (both in library project and in client project),
    • resource string is correct (library project and client project),
    • is library spelling correct in the uses-library element the AndroidManifest.xml,
    • etc.

  • Can you access any resources in that library or is the problem specific to that resource (title) or is it specific to that type of resource(strings)? Can you access the resources of another library?

  • Are you accessing the library as a jar file? You can jar the code, but you can't access resources from a jar.

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  • Did you try the alternate name format:


String fullyQualifiedResourceName = "com.package:string/sample";
int id = ressources.getIdentifier(title, null, null);
if (id == 0) {
    Log.e(TAG, "Lookup id for resource '"+fullyQualifiedResourceName+"' failed";
    // graceful error handling code here

  • You could try using reflection:


final String resourceName= "sample";
final int id;
try {
    final Class resourceType = com.package.R.string.class;
    final Field field = resourceType.getField(title);
    id = field.getInt(null);
} catch (final Exception e) {
    Log.e(TAG, "Lookup id for resource '"+resourceName+"' failed";
    // graceful error handling code here

Android, getting resource ID from string?

answered 7 years ago Andrea #4

I had a similar issue and I solved it with the getPackageName() method within the Project Library.

In your case, it should be:

String title = "sample";
int id = ressources.getIdentifier(title, "string", getPackageName());

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