How to return a result (startActivityForResult) from a TabHost Activity?


I have 3 classes in my example: Class A, the main activity. Class A calls a startActivityForResult:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, ClassB.class);
startActivityForResult(intent, "STRING");

Class B, this class is a TabActivity:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, ClassC.class);

Class C, this class is a regular Activity:

Intent intent = this.getIntent();
intent.putExtra("SOMETHING", "EXTRAS");
this.setResult(RESULT_OK, intent);

onActivityResult is called in Class A, but the resultCode is RESULT_CANCELED instead of RESULT_OK and the returned intent is null. How do I return something from the Activity inside a TabHost?

I realize that the problem is that my Class C is actually running inside of Class B, and Class B is what is returning the RESULT_CANCELED back to Class A. I just don't know a work around yet.

9/17/2015 4:13:53 PM

Accepted Answer

Oh, god! After spending several hours and downloading the Android sources, I have finally come to a solution.

If you look at the Activity class, you will see, that finish() method only sends back the result if there is a mParent property set to null. Otherwise the result is lost.

public void finish() {
    if (mParent == null) {
        int resultCode;
        Intent resultData;
        synchronized (this) {
            resultCode = mResultCode;
            resultData = mResultData;
        if (Config.LOGV) Log.v(TAG, "Finishing self: token=" + mToken);
        try {
            if (ActivityManagerNative.getDefault()
                .finishActivity(mToken, resultCode, resultData)) {
                mFinished = true;
        } catch (RemoteException e) {
            // Empty
    } else {

So my solution is to set result to the parent activity if present, like that:

Intent data = new Intent();
if (getParent() == null) {
    setResult(Activity.RESULT_OK, data);
} else {
    getParent().setResult(Activity.RESULT_OK, data);

I hope that will be helpful if someone looks for this problem workaround again.

8/8/2011 10:06:18 PM

With a slight modification for "param_result"

/* Start Activity */
public void onClick(View v) {
    Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
    intent.setClassName("com.thinoo.ActivityTest", "com.thinoo.ActivityTest.NewActivity");
/* Called when the second activity's finished */
protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
    switch(requestCode) {
    case 90:
        if (resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
            Bundle res = data.getExtras();
            String result = res.getString("param_result");
            Log.d("FIRST", "result:"+result);

private void finishWithResult()
    Bundle conData = new Bundle();
    conData.putString("param_result", "Thanks Thanks");
    Intent intent = new Intent();
    setResult(RESULT_OK, intent);


If set and this intent is being used to launch a new activity from an existing one, then the reply target of the existing activity will be transfered to the new activity.


You could implement a onActivityResult in Class B as well and launch Class C using startActivityForResult. Once you get the result in Class B then set the result there (for Class A) based on the result from Class C. I haven't tried this out but I think this should work.

Another thing to look out for is that Activity A should not be a singleInstance activity. For startActivityForResult to work your Class B needs to be a sub activity to Activity A and that is not possible in a single instance activity, the new Activity (Class B) starts in a new task.


For start Activity 2 from Activity 1 and get result, you could use startActivityForResult and implement onActivityResult in Activity 1 and use setResult in Activity2.

Intent intent = new Intent(this, Activity2.class);
intent.putExtra(NUMERO1, numero1);
intent.putExtra(NUMERO2, numero2);
startActivityForResult(intent, MI_REQUEST_CODE);

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