Monday, June 3, 2013

Set the ImageButton background to transparent in Android

If a transparent icon source only is used in the ImageButton widget in Android, then the transparent portion of the icon is displayed on top of a default grey looking button as shown in the screen shot below.

It is possible to render the default grey button as transparent by changing the android:background property of the ImageButton to Android's selectableItemBackground drawable. An example of this is the following XML layout code below.


<ImageButton
android:id="@+id/inputInfoButton"
android:layout_width="0dp"
android:layout_weight="0.1"
android:layout_height="wrap_content"
android:contentDescription="Input coordinate reference system info"
android:background="@android/drawable/selectableItemBackground"
android:src="@android:drawable/ic_menu_info_details"
/>   

The resultant ImageButton should look like the screenshot below - no more default  grey button color for the ImageButton.

Note that this property will only work on Android versions 11 (Honeycomb) and above.

2 comments:

Dj said...

Use ?android:attr/selectableItemBackground

jack Tsai said...

Thanks for the post. Very useful!

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