Liminal Liminal - 8 months ago 69
Android Question

How do I style appcompat-v7 Toolbar like Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar?

I'm trying to recreate the look of

with the new support library Toolbar.

If I choose
my toolbar will be light and if I choose
it will be dark. (Technically you have to use the
version but as far as I can tell the only difference is

<style name="Theme.AppCompat.NoActionBar">
<item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
<item name="android:windowNoTitle">true</item>

Now there's no
but naively I thought it'd be good enough to just make my own

<style name="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar.NoActionBar">
<item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
<item name="android:windowNoTitle">true</item>

However with this my toolbars are still
themed. I've spent hours now trying different combinations of mixing the Dark (base) theme and the Light theme but I just can't find a combination that will let me have light backgrounds on everything but the toolbars.

Is there a way of getting the
look with import

Answer Source

The recommended way to style the Toolbar for a Light.DarkActionBar clone would be to use Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionbar as parent/app theme and add the following attributes to the style to hide the default ActionBar:

<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
    <item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
    <item name="windowNoTitle">true</item>

Then use the following as your Toolbar:


        app:popupTheme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light" />

For further modifications, you would create styles extending ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar and ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light replacing the ones within AppBarLayout->android:theme and Toolbar->app:popupTheme. Also note that this will pick up your ?attr/colorPrimary if you have set it in your main style so you might get a different background color.

You will find a good example of this is in the current project template with an Empty Activity of Android Studio (1.4+).