public final class

Messenger

extends Object
implements Parcelable
java.lang.Object
   ↳ android.os.Messenger

Class Overview

Reference to a Handler, which others can use to send messages to it. This allows for the implementation of message-based communication across processes, by creating a Messenger pointing to a Handler in one process, and handing that Messenger to another process.

Summary

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Inherited Constants
From interface android.os.Parcelable
Fields
public static final Creator< Messenger> CREATOR
Public Constructors
Messenger( Handler target)
Create a new Messenger pointing to the given Handler.
Messenger( IBinder target)
Create a Messenger from a raw IBinder, which had previously been retrieved with getBinder().
Public Methods
int describeContents()
Describe the kinds of special objects contained in this Parcelable's marshalled representation.
boolean equals( Object otherObj)
Comparison operator on two Messenger objects, such that true is returned then they both point to the same Handler.
IBinder getBinder()
Retrieve the IBinder that this Messenger is using to communicate with its associated Handler.
int hashCode()
Returns an integer hash code for this object.
static Messenger readMessengerOrNullFromParcel( Parcel in)
Convenience function for reading either a Messenger or null pointer from a Parcel.
void send( Message message)
Send a Message to this Messenger's Handler.
static void writeMessengerOrNullToParcel( Messenger messenger, Parcel out)
Convenience function for writing either a Messenger or null pointer to a Parcel.
void writeToParcel( Parcel out, int flags)
Flatten this object in to a Parcel.
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Inherited Methods
From class java.lang.Object
From interface android.os.Parcelable

Fields

public static final Creator<Messenger> CREATOR

Since: API Level 1

Public Constructors

public Messenger (Handler target)

Since: API Level 1

Create a new Messenger pointing to the given Handler. Any Message objects sent through this Messenger will appear in the Handler as if Handler.sendMessage(Message) had been called directly.

Parameters
target The Handler that will receive sent messages.

public Messenger (IBinder target)

Since: API Level 1

Create a Messenger from a raw IBinder, which had previously been retrieved with getBinder().

Parameters
target The IBinder this Messenger should communicate with.

Public Methods

public int describeContents ()

Since: API Level 1

Describe the kinds of special objects contained in this Parcelable's marshalled representation.

Returns
  • a bitmask indicating the set of special object types marshalled by the Parcelable.

public boolean equals (Object otherObj)

Since: API Level 1

Comparison operator on two Messenger objects, such that true is returned then they both point to the same Handler.

Parameters
otherObj the object to compare this instance with.
Returns
  • true if the specified object is equal to this Object; false otherwise.

public IBinder getBinder ()

Since: API Level 1

Retrieve the IBinder that this Messenger is using to communicate with its associated Handler.

Returns
  • Returns the IBinder backing this Messenger.

public int hashCode ()

Since: API Level 1

Returns an integer hash code for this object. By contract, any two objects for which equals(Object) returns true must return the same hash code value. This means that subclasses of Object usually override both methods or neither method.

Note that hash values must not change over time unless information used in equals comparisons also changes.

See Writing a correct hashCode method if you intend implementing your own hashCode method.

Returns
  • this object's hash code.

public static Messenger readMessengerOrNullFromParcel (Parcel in)

Since: API Level 1

Convenience function for reading either a Messenger or null pointer from a Parcel. You must have previously written the Messenger with writeMessengerOrNullToParcel(Messenger, Parcel).

Parameters
in The Parcel containing the written Messenger.
Returns
  • Returns the Messenger read from the Parcel, or null if null had been written.

public void send (Message message)

Since: API Level 1

Send a Message to this Messenger's Handler.

Parameters
message The Message to send. Usually retrieved through Message.obtain().
Throws
RemoteException Throws DeadObjectException if the target Handler no longer exists.

public static void writeMessengerOrNullToParcel (Messenger messenger, Parcel out)

Since: API Level 1

Convenience function for writing either a Messenger or null pointer to a Parcel. You must use this with readMessengerOrNullFromParcel(Parcel) for later reading it.

Parameters
messenger The Messenger to write, or null.
out Where to write the Messenger.

public void writeToParcel (Parcel out, int flags)

Since: API Level 1

Flatten this object in to a Parcel.

Parameters
out The Parcel in which the object should be written.
flags Additional flags about how the object should be written. May be 0 or PARCELABLE_WRITE_RETURN_VALUE.