Determining the size of an Android view at runtime


I am trying to apply an animation to a view in my Android app after my activity is created. To do this, I need to determine the current size of the view, and then set up an animation to scale from the current size to the new size. This part must be done at runtime, since the view scales to different sizes depending on input from the user. My layout is defined in XML.

This seems like an easy task, and there are lots of SO questions regarding this though none which solved my problem, obviously. So perhaps I am missing something obvious. I get a handle to my view by:

ImageView myView = (ImageView)getWindow().findViewById(;

This works fine, but when calling getWidth(), getHeight(), getMeasuredWidth(), getLayoutParams().width, etc., they all return 0. I have also tried manually calling measure() on the view followed by a call to getMeasuredWidth(), but that has no effect.

I have tried calling these methods and inspecting the object in the debugger in my activity's onCreate() and in onPostCreate(). How can I figure out the exact dimensions of this view at runtime?

9/23/2010 2:02:48 PM

Accepted Answer

Based on @mbaird's advice, I found a workable solution by subclassing the ImageView class and overriding onLayout(). I then created an observer interface which my activity implemented and passed a reference to itself to the class, which allowed it to tell the activity when it was actually finished sizing.

I'm not 100% convinced that this is the best solution (hence my not marking this answer as correct just yet), but it does work and according to the documentation is the first time when one can find the actual size of a view.

9/24/2010 10:00:13 AM

Use the ViewTreeObserver on the View to wait for the first layout. Only after the first layout will getWidth()/getHeight()/getMeasuredWidth()/getMeasuredHeight() work.

ViewTreeObserver viewTreeObserver = view.getViewTreeObserver();
if (viewTreeObserver.isAlive()) {
  viewTreeObserver.addOnGlobalLayoutListener(new OnGlobalLayoutListener() {
    public void onGlobalLayout() {
      viewWidth = view.getWidth();
      viewHeight = view.getHeight();

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