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ShareActionProvider Example in Xamarin.Android

By Editorial @stacktips, On Sep 17, 2023 Xamarin 2.32K Views

This example explains how to implement “share action in your action bar using ShareActionProvider class”. ActionProvider is made available since Android 4.0 (API Level 14). An ActionProvider, once attached to a menu item in the action bar, handles both the appearance and behavior of that item. In the case of ShareActionProvider, you provide a share intent and it does the rest.

Specifying the action Provider Class

To use the ShareActionProvider, set the android:actionProviderClass attribute on a menu item in the XML for the Action Bar’s menu.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<menu xmlns:android="">
  <item android:id="@+id/shareMenu"
      android:actionProviderClass="android.widget.ShareActionProvider" />

Your activity class

using System;

using Android.App;
using Android.Content;
using Android.Runtime;
using Android.Views;
using Android.Widget;
using Android.OS;

namespace ShareActionProviderExample
	[Activity (Label = "ShareActionProviderExample", MainLauncher = true)]
	public class MainActivity : Activity
		protected override void OnCreate (Bundle bundle)
			base.OnCreate (bundle);

			TextView tv = new TextView (this);
			tv.Text = "This is an ShareActionProvider Example";
			tv.SetPadding (20, 20, 20, 20);

			// Set our view from the "main" layout resource
			SetContentView (tv);

		public override bool OnCreateOptionsMenu (IMenu menu) {

			MenuInflater.Inflate (Resource.Menu.MainMenu, menu);   

			var shareMenuItem = menu.FindItem (Resource.Id.shareMenu);           
			var shareActionProvider =
			shareActionProvider.SetShareIntent (CreateIntent ());

			return true;

		Intent CreateIntent () {  
			var sendPictureIntent = new Intent (Intent.ActionSend);
			sendPictureIntent.SetType ("image/*");
			var uri = Android.Net.Uri.FromFile (GetFileStreamPath ("image.png"));          
			sendPictureIntent.PutExtra (Intent.ExtraStream, uri);
			return sendPictureIntent;


ShareActionProvider Example in Xamarin

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