How to add icon inside EditText view in Android ?


I want to add a "search" icon to appear inside an EditText in the left edge? such as search box in Facebook Android app?

11/8/2013 7:14:36 AM

Accepted Answer

Use the android:drawableLeft property on the EditText.

    android:drawableLeft="@drawable/my_icon" />
11/26/2010 12:38:35 AM

You can set drawableLeft in the XML as suggested by marcos, but you might also want to set it programmatically - for example in response to an event. To do this use the method setCompoundDrawablesWithIntrincisBounds(int, int, int, int):

EditText editText = findViewById(;

// Set drawables for left, top, right, and bottom - send 0 for nothing
editTxt.setCompoundDrawablesWithIntrinsicBounds(R.drawable.myDrawable, 0, 0, 0);

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