Material Design

BadgeDrawable

Badge Badge with number Badge with a maximum character count
badge_icon badge_with_number_8 badge_with_999+

NOTE: This component is still under development and may not support the full range of customization Material Android components generally support (e.g. themed attributes).

A BadgeDrawable represents dynamic information such as a number of pending requests in a BottomNavigationView or TabLayout.

Design & API Documentation

Usage

Create an instance of BadgeDrawable by calling create(Context) or createFromAttributes(Context, AttributeSet, int, int)}.

How to add and display a BadgeDrawable on top of its anchor view depends on the API level:

In API 18+ (APIs supported by ViewOverlay)

  1. Add BadgeDrawable as a ViewOverlay to the desired anchor view.
  2. Update the BadgeDrawable’s coordinates (center and bounds) based on its anchor view.

Both of the above steps have been encapsulated in a util method:

  BadgeUtils.attachBadgeDrawable(badgeDrawable, anchor, null);

In Pre API-18

  1. Set BadgeDrawable as the foreground of the anchor view’s FrameLayout ancestor.
  2. Update the BadgeDrawable’s coordinates (center and bounds) based on its anchor view (relative to its FrameLayout ancestor’s coordinate space),

Both of the above steps have been encapsulated in a util method:

  BadgeUtils.attachBadgeDrawable(badgeDrawable, anchor, anchorFrameLayoutParent);

BadgeDrawable Gravity Modes

BadgeDrawable provides 4 pre-packaged gravity modes that control how the badge aligns with respect to its anchor view. By default (TOP_END), badge aligns to the top and end edges of the anchor (with some offsets). The other options are TOP_START, BOTTOM_START and BOTTOM_END.

BadgeDrawable Attributes

Feature Relevant attributes
Color app:backgroundColor
app:badgeTextColor
Label app:number
Label Length app:maxCharacterCount
Badge Gravity app:badgeGravity

Talkback Support

BadgeDrawable provides a getter for its content description, which is based on the number (if any) being displayed. Users should specify content description: setContentDescriptionNumberless(CharSequence) setContentDescriptionQuantityStringsResource(@StringRes)