Android Parcelable.

Parcelable is an interface that allows its implementers to be writable to and restorable from a parcel.

A parcel is a class that acts as a holder for both data and IBinder objects that can be sent through an IBinder.

Parcelable has existed in the android framework all the way since API level 1.

Pareclable Interface Definition

Parcelable is an interface hence it's implemented and not directly instantiated.

public interface Parcelable{}

Parcelable resides in the android.os package:

package android.os


  1. Allows for the placement of arbitrary objects into a Parcel.


As an interfacce Parcelable has to be implemented by classes.

Those classes must have a non-null static field called CREATOR. This field is of data type that implements Parcelable.Creator.

Here's an example:

 public class MyParcelable implements Parcelable {
     private int mData;

     public int describeContents() {
         return 0;

     public void writeToParcel(Parcel out, int flags) {

     public static final Parcelable.Creator<MyParcelable> CREATOR
             = new Parcelable.Creator<MyParcelable>() {
         public MyParcelable createFromParcel(Parcel in) {
             return new MyParcelable(in);

         public MyParcelable[] newArray(int size) {
             return new MyParcelable;

     private MyParcelable(Parcel in) {
         mData = in.readInt();

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