Mobile development

Alex Zhukovich

How to store layouts in different folders in Android project

Today I’m talking about storing layouts in Android application in different folders. Because sometimes it can be a problem store many layouts in one folder. If your project have more then 30 layouts it’s a problem find a required layout. As solution of this problem you can store your layouts in different folders. As example you can separate your layouts to “activity layouts”, “fragment layouts”, “adapter layouts”, etc.

As example you can separate layout like this
separate layouts - folder

For it you must to do some steps.

  1. Create Directory in folder res which called “layouts”;
  2. Create Resource Folder in folder layouts which called “activity” (For create a Resource folder you must choose “New -> Folder -> Res Folder”, after it write the correct path as example “src/main/res/layouts/activity”);
  3. Create Directory in folder activity which called “layout”;
  4. Do the same for fragment and adapter folders;
  5. Move your layouts for new folders.

Last step use must update build.gradle file for your project.

android {
    compileSdkVersion 23
    buildToolsVersion "23.0.1"

    defaultConfig {
    buildTypes {
    sourceSets {
        main {
            manifest.srcFile 'src/main/AndroidManifest.xml'
            java.srcDirs = ['src/main/java', 'apt_generated']
            aidl.srcDirs = ['src/main.aidl', 'apt_generated']
            assets.srcDirs = ['src/main/assets']
            res.srcDirs =

After compile your project all link will works correctly.

If you want to use different layout mode, as example portrait mode, landscape mode, etc. You need create folders like this.

Unfortunately this solution works just for “Project” perspective.

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