How to get package name from anywhere?

Asked 11 years ago
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I am aware of the availability of Context.getApplicationContext() and View.getContext(), through which I can actually call Context.getPackageName() to retrieve the package name of an application.

They work if I call from a method to which a View or an Activity object is available, but if I want to find the package name from a totally independent class with no View or Activity, is there a way to do that (directly or indirectly)?

asked 11 years ago

Correct Answer

An idea is to have a static variable in your main activity, instantiated to be the package name. Then just reference that variable.

You will have to initialize it in the main activity's onCreate() method:

Global to the class:

public static String PACKAGE_NAME;


public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    PACKAGE_NAME = getApplicationContext().getPackageName();

You can then access it via Main.PACKAGE_NAME.

answered 7 years ago

Other Answer

If you use the gradle-android-plugin to build your app, then you can use


to retrieve the package name from any scope, incl. a static one.

answered 11 years ago