Android RatingBar change star colors


How can i change the star colors and how can i change the size of the stars ?

3/15/2010 5:41:37 PM

Accepted Answer

Step #1: Create your own style, by cloning one of the existing styles (from $ANDROID_HOME/platforms/$SDK/data/res/values/styles.xml), putting it in your own project's styles.xml, and referencing it when you add the widget to a layout.

Step #2: Create your own LayerDrawable XML resources for the RatingBar, pointing to appropriate images to use for the bar. The original styles will point you to the existing resources that you can compare with. Then, adjust your style to use your own LayerDrawable resources, rather than built-in ones.

3/15/2010 12:57:51 PM

It's a little complicated at the mentioned blog, I've used a similar but simplier way. You do need 3 star images (red_star_full.png, red_star_half.png and red_star_empty.png) and one xml, that's all.

Put these 3 images at res/drawable.

Put there the following ratingbar_red.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="">
    <item android:id="@android:id/background" android:drawable="@drawable/red_star_empty" />
    <item android:id="@android:id/secondaryProgress" android:drawable="@drawable/red_star_half" />
    <item android:id="@android:id/progress" android:drawable="@drawable/red_star_full" />

and, finally, tell your ratingbar definition to use this, i.e.

<RatingBar android:progressDrawable="@drawable/ratingbar_red"/>

That's it.

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