How to get a resource id with a known resource name?


I want to access a resource like a String or a Drawable by its name and not its int id.

Which method would I use for this?

2/6/2019 12:47:51 PM

Accepted Answer

It will be something like:


Make sure you don't have the Android.R namespace imported as it can confuse Eclipse (if that's what you're using).

If that doesn't work, you can always use a context's getResources method ...

Drawable resImg = this.context.getResources().getDrawable(R.drawable.resource);

Where this.context is intialised as an Activity, Service or any other Context subclass.


If it's the name you want, the Resources class (returned by getResources()) has a getResourceName(int) method, and a getResourceTypeName(int)?

Update 2:

The Resources class has this method:

public int getIdentifier (String name, String defType, String defPackage) 

Which returns the integer of the specified resource name, type & package.

5/5/2019 2:39:35 PM

If I understood right, this is what you want

int drawableResourceId = this.getResources().getIdentifier("nameOfDrawable", "drawable", this.getPackageName());

Where "this" is an Activity, written just to clarify.

In case you want a String in strings.xml or an identifier of a UI element, substitute "drawable"

int resourceId = this.getResources().getIdentifier("nameOfResource", "id", this.getPackageName());

I warn you, this way of obtaining identifiers is really slow, use only where needed.

Link to official documentation: Resources.getIdentifier(String name, String defType, String defPackage)

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