Seraphim's Seraphim's - 2 months ago 10
Android Question

Get color value programmatically when it's a reference (theme)

Consider this:

styles.xml

<style name="BlueTheme" parent="@android:style/Theme.Black.NoTitleBar">
<item name="theme_color">@color/theme_color_blue</item>
</style>


attrs.xml

<attr name="theme_color" format="reference" />


color.xml

<color name="theme_color_blue">#ff0071d3</color>


So the theme color is referenced by the theme. How can I get the theme_color (reference) programmatically? Normally I would use
getResources().getColor()
but not in this case because it's referenced!

Answer

This should do the job:

TypedValue typedValue = new TypedValue();
Theme theme = context.getTheme();
theme.resolveAttribute(R.attr.theme_color, typedValue, true);
int color = typedValue.data;

Also make sure to apply the theme to your Activity before calling this code. Either use:

android:theme="@style/Theme.BlueTheme"

in your manifest or call (before you call setContentView(int)):

setTheme(R.style.Theme_BlueTheme) in onCreate()

I've tested it with your values and it worked perfectly.

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