Android - ListView doesn't receive OnItemClick for textview with clickable links

I have a ListView that contains a TextView in each row besides a number of other views. The TextView renders html content which may contain links.

The below code appears in the list adapter. m_textview.setMovementMethod(LinkMovementMethod.getInstance()); m_textview.setText(Html.fromHtml(myhtmlcontent));

This causes the listview to no longer receive on click events though. I decided to put the list onclick code on the view being returned by the adapter instead. This doesnt quite work as desired. Now I can launch another activity when I click anywhere in the row except the textview. I want users to be able to click on the non-links part of the textview and launch another activity.

If I move the onclick to the textview instead of its parent view, it works but now a click on the link fires two events - one for the click on the link and another for the textview (which is not desired).

I have noticed that google+ and peep on android work in the manner I want. I'm not sure how that can be achieved.


This is actually a BUG. To resolve this you can add android:descendantFocusability="blocksDescendants" you your ListView's rows layout xml. For e.g

<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
android:orientation="vertical" >

    android:textSize="15sp" />

Source : this and this

Good Luck :)

Focusable views inside a ListView item will disable the ability to select ListView items. Applying android:focusable="false" to the TextView will allow OnItemClick to work again. You may also need to apply android:focusableInTouchMode="false" to make the trackball ignore the links because clicking the trackball over a focusable element in a ListView can both click the link and the ListView item.

You can attach on the list view an setOnItemClickListener.

I had the same issue and none of these answers worked for me. Eventually, I managed to fix the problem by removing the attribute android:inputType="textMultiLine".

TextView that only responds to touch events of links. Based on

        public class AutoLinkTextView extends TextView {

            public AutoLinkTextView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs, int defStyle) {
                super(context, attrs, defStyle);

            public AutoLinkTextView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
                super(context, attrs);

            public AutoLinkTextView(Context context) {

            private void init() {

             * @Linkify applies to a movementMethod to the textView @LinkMovementMethod.
             *          That movement method thought it implements a scrolling
             *          vertically method it overrides any other scrolling method the
             *          parent has.
             *          Although touchEvent can be dispached to the parent, the specific
             *          parent ScrollView needed the whole sequence ACTION_DOWN ,
             *          ACTION_MOVE, ACTION_UP to perform (sweep detection). So the
             *          solution to this problem is after applying @Linkify we need to
             *          remove the textView's scrolling method and handle the @LinkMovementMethod
             *          link detection action in onTouchEvent of the textView.
            public boolean onTouchEvent(MotionEvent event) {
                final TextView widget = (TextView) this;
                final Object text = widget.getText();
                if (text instanceof Spannable) {
                    final Spannable buffer = (Spannable) text;
                    final int action = event.getAction();

                    if (action == MotionEvent.ACTION_UP
                            || action == MotionEvent.ACTION_DOWN) {
                        int x = (int) event.getX();
                        int y = (int) event.getY();

                        x -= widget.getTotalPaddingLeft();
                        y -= widget.getTotalPaddingTop();

                        x += widget.getScrollX();
                        y += widget.getScrollY();

                        final Layout layout = widget.getLayout();
                        final int line = layout.getLineForVertical(y);
                        final int off = layout.getOffsetForHorizontal(line, x);

                        final ClickableSpan[] link = buffer.getSpans(off, off,

                        if (link.length != 0) {
                            if (action == MotionEvent.ACTION_UP) {
                            } else if (action == MotionEvent.ACTION_DOWN) {
                            return true;

                return false;

            public void setText(CharSequence text, BufferType type) {
                super.setText(text, type);

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