Daniel Jonsson Daniel Jonsson - 2 months ago 4
Android Question

Change clickable TextView's color on focus and click?

I have a clickable TextView that I want to give some colors to. But I don't know how. Here are the relevant code snippets from my two files that I'm working with:

TextView title = new TextView(this);
title.setLayoutParams(new LayoutParams(LayoutParams.FILL_PARENT, LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT));
title.setTypeface(null, Typeface.BOLD);

title.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {

public void onClick(View v) {

/* Irrelevant code */


And this is my textcolor.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
<item android:state_pressed="true"
android:color="#000000"/> <!-- pressed -->
<item android:state_focused="true"
android:color="#000000"/> <!-- focused -->
<item android:color="#000000"/> <!-- default -->

When I use the textcolor-file by typing title.setTextColor(R.color.textcolor);, the textcolor just becomes grey, regardless if I press it or so. Which is strange since I have written "#000000" in all color fields.

But if I remove the setTextColor code, gets the textView a light grey color, and when I press it, it becomes black. But that aren't the colors that I want.

So, can anyone help me with this problem?

Just to clarify: I want to be able to specify the colors for the text when it's normal, pressed and focused.


If you want to set stateful color from code, you need to pass in ColorStateList as an argument to setTextColor passing an int to the method results in setting the color to all the states. It also looks like your xml is not totally correct. Example from ColorStateList docs looks like:

 <selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <item android:state_focused="true" android:color="@color/testcolor1"/>
    <item android:state_pressed="true" android:state_enabled="false" android:color="@color/testcolor2" />
    <item android:state_enabled="false" android:color="@color/testcolor3" />
    <item android:color="@color/testcolor5"/>

UPD on how to set a ColorStateList to text color:

ColorStateList cl = null;
try {
   XmlResourceParser xpp = getResources().getXml(R.color.selector_txt);
   cl = ColorStateList.createFromXml(getResources(), xpp);
} catch (Exception e) {}

With XML its as easy as: