About Javier Manzano

Javier is an Android and node.js developer. Working day to day on new pet projects. Founder of Parkuik and Codeely.

Android TextView with custom fonts

While developing an android app I found that everytime I was trying to use a custom font on a TextView I copied the same lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TextView textview = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.text);
textview.setTypeface(...)

Obviously, that’s unnecessary and repetitive. Why not just create a custom view? And more, why not adding the font through xml code?

public class CustomTextView extends TextView {

  private Context mContext;
	private String mFont;
	
	public CustomTextView(Context context) {
		super(context, null);
		mContext = context;
		init();
	}

	public CustomTextView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
		super(context, attrs);
		mContext = context;
		TypedArray a = context.getTheme().obtainStyledAttributes(
		        attrs,
		        R.styleable.CustomButtom,
		        0, 0);
		try {
			mFont = a.getString(R.styleable.CustomButtom_font);
		} finally {
			a.recycle();
		}
		init();
	}
	
	private void init() {
		if (mFont != null) {
			setTypeface(FontsUtils.get(mFont));
		}
	}

}

We just have to extend from TextView and read from the attribute set the font string declared on its styleable resource. Just create an attrs.xml (or use an existing one) and add the following:

<declare-styleable name="CustomTextview">
  <attr name="font" format="string" />
</declare-styleable>

Now, you could declare on your xml layout like this:

<LinearLayout
  android:id="@+id/comments"
  android:layout_width="match_parent"
  android:layout_height="wrap_content" >
 
  <com.parkuik.android.ui.CustomTextView
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:text="@string/no_comments" />
</LinearLayout>

 

Reference: Android TextView with custom fonts from our JCG partner Javier Manzano at the Javier Manzano’s Blog blog.

Do you want to know how to develop your skillset to become a Java Rockstar?

Subscribe to our newsletter to start Rocking right now!

To get you started we give you two of our best selling eBooks for FREE!

JPA Mini Book

Learn how to leverage the power of JPA in order to create robust and flexible Java applications. With this Mini Book, you will get introduced to JPA and smoothly transition to more advanced concepts.

JVM Troubleshooting Guide

The Java virtual machine is really the foundation of any Java EE platform. Learn how to master it with this advanced guide!

Given email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Please provide a valid email address.
Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Please fill in the required fields.

3 Responses to "Android TextView with custom fonts"

  1. Bill Mote says:

    You didn’t include your FontsUtils() class in which, I assume, you’re actually doing the Typeface.createFromAsset() call to get the font from fonts/font_name.*tf

  2. opasam says:

    Could you post your FontsUtils class please ?

  3. android user says:

    from where did we get “CustomButtom_font” ?

    thank you

Leave a Reply


+ six = 9



Java Code Geeks and all content copyright © 2010-2014, Exelixis Media Ltd | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact
All trademarks and registered trademarks appearing on Java Code Geeks are the property of their respective owners.
Java is a trademark or registered trademark of Oracle Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Java Code Geeks is not connected to Oracle Corporation and is not sponsored by Oracle Corporation.
Do you want to know how to develop your skillset and become a ...
Java Rockstar?

Subscribe to our newsletter to start Rocking right now!

To get you started we give you two of our best selling eBooks for FREE!

Get ready to Rock!
You can download the complementary eBooks using the links below:
Close