Create Left Navigation Drawer Layout

Here are the steps to create a new Xamarin Android Left Navigation Drawer Layout.

Let’s start,

Step 1 : Open Visual Studio->New Project->Templates->Visual C#->Android, click Blank App (Android).Then give Project Name and Project Location.

Step 2 : Next we add V7 AppCompat  References. Click Solution Explorer->Project Name->Components, then Right Click Get More Components to select, then popup window is visible. Search the Appcompat and then click to Add to App.

Step 3 : Next create menu folder. Go to Solution Explorer->Project Name->ResourcesRight Click Add New Folder give the name for menu.

Step 4 : Next go to Solution Explorer->Project Name->Resources->menu, then Right Click Add New Item. Select XML and give the name for menu.xml.

Step 5 : Create two xml for Colors and Styles. Select Solution Explorer->Project Name->Resources->values, then Right Click Add New Item. Select XML give the name for styles and colors.

Step 6 : Open menu.xml, then create menu items and give the following code
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<menu 
 xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"> 
 <group android:checkableBehavior="single"> 
 <item 
android:id="@+id/nav_home" 
android:title="Home" /> 
 <item 
android:id="@+id/nav_messages" 
android:title="Messages" /> 
 <item 
android:id="@+id/nav_about" 
android:title="About" /> 
 <item 
android:id="@+id/nav_FeedBack" 
android:title="FeedBack" /> 
 </group> 
</menu>
Step 7 : Next, open Styles.xml file and then give the following code 
 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
 <resources> 
 <style name="Theme.DesignDemo" parent="Base.Theme.DesignDemo"></style> 
 <style name="Base.Theme.DesignDemo" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.NoActionBar"> 
 <item name="colorPrimary">#2196F3</item> 
 <item name="colorPrimaryDark">#1976D2</item> 
 </style> 
 </resources>

Step 8 : Next, open Colors.xml to create colors

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> 
<resources> 
 <color name="ColorPrimary">#2196F3</color> 
 <color name="ColorPrimaryDark">#1976D2</color> 
 <color name="accent">#E040FB</color> 
</resources>

Step 9 : Then open Main.axml file and create DrawerLayout and Navigation

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<LinearLayout 
 xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" 
 xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" 
android:orientation="vertical" 
android:layout_width="match_parent" 
android:fitsSystemWindows="true" 
android:layout_height="match_parent"> 
 <android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar 
android:id="@+id/toolbar" 
android:layout_width="match_parent" 
android:layout_height="wrap_content" 
android:minHeight="?attr/actionBarSize" 
android:background="#33B86C" 
app:popupTheme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light" 
app:layout_scrollFlags="scroll|enterAlways" /> 
 <android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout 
android:id="@+id/drawer_layout" 
android:layout_height="match_parent" 
android:fitsSystemWindows="true" 
android:layout_width="match_parent"> 
 <RelativeLayout 
android:orientation="vertical" 
android:layout_width="match_parent" 
android:layout_height="match_parent" /> 
 <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView 
android:id="@+id/nav_view" 
android:layout_height="match_parent" 
android:layout_width="200dp" 
android:layout_gravity="start" 
android:fitsSystemWindows="true" 
app:menu="@menu/menu" /> 
 </android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout> 
</LinearLayout>

Step 10 : Next to open MainActivity.cs to give the following code.

 using System; 
 using Android.App; 
 using Android.Content; 
 using Android.Runtime; 
 using Android.Views; 
 using Android.Widget; 
 using Android.OS; 
 using V7Toolbar = Android.Support.V7.Widget.Toolbar; 
 using Android.Support.V7.App; 
 using Android.Support.V4.Widget; 
 using Android.Support.Design.Widget; 
 namespace Leftdrawerlayout 
 { 
 [Activity(Label = "Leftdrawerlayout", Theme = "@style/Theme.DesignDemo", MainLauncher = true, Icon = "@drawable/icon")] 
 public class MainActivity: AppCompatActivity 
 { 
 DrawerLayout drawerLayout; 
 NavigationView navigationView; 
 protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle) 
 { 
 base.OnCreate(bundle); 
 SetContentView(Resource.Layout.Main); 
 var toolbar = FindViewById < V7Toolbar > (Resource.Id.toolbar); 
 SetSupportActionBar(toolbar); 
 SupportActionBar.SetDisplayHomeAsUpEnabled(true); 
 SupportActionBar.SetDisplayShowTitleEnabled(false); 
 SupportActionBar.SetHomeButtonEnabled(true); 
 SupportActionBar.SetHomeAsUpIndicator(Resource.Drawable.ic_menu); 
 drawerLayout = FindViewById < DrawerLayout > (Resource.Id.drawer_layout); 
 navigationView = FindViewById < NavigationView > (Resource.Id.nav_view); 
 } 
 public override bool OnOptionsItemSelected(IMenuItem item) 
 { 
 switch (item.ItemId) 
 { 
 case Android.Resource.Id.Home: 
 drawerLayout.OpenDrawer(Android.Support.V4.View.GravityCompat.Start); 
 return true; 
 } 
 return base.OnOptionsItemSelected(item); 
 } 
 } 
 }

Step 11 : Then Debug and run the app

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Finally, we have successfully created Xamarin Android Left Navigation Drawer Layout Application.

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