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Posted by Jack - - 22 comments


SOURCE CODE [main.xml] is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
                <TextView android:layout_width="fill_parent"
android:text="@string/hello" />

                <RatingBar android:id="@+id/ratingbar"
android:layout_height="50px" />


SOURCE CODE [styles.xml] is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<style name="CustomRatingBar" parent="@android:style/Widget.RatingBar.Small">
<item name="android:progressDrawable”>@drawable/custom_ratingbar</item>
                <item name="android:minHeight">16dip</item>
                <item name="android:maxHeight">16dip</item>

SOURCE CODE [custom_ratingbar.xml] is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
<item android:id="@+android:id/background"
android:drawable="@drawable/custom_ratingbar_empty" />
    <item android:id="@+android:id/secondaryProgress"
android:drawable="@drawable/custom_ratingbar_empty" />
    <item android:id="@+android:id/progress"
android:drawable="@drawable/custom_ratingbar_filled" />

SOURCE CODE [custom_ratingbar_filled.xml] is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">

<item android:state_pressed="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_on" />

<item android:state_focused="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_on" />

<item android:state_selected="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_on" />

<item android:drawable="@drawable/star_on" />


SOURCE CODE [custom_ratingbar_empty.xml] is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
<item android:state_pressed="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_off" />

<item android:state_focused="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_off" />

<item android:state_selected="true"
android:drawable="@drawable/star_off" />

<item android:drawable="@drawable/star_off" />


SOURCE CODE [CustomRatingBarExample.java] is

package Com.CustomRatingBarExample;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.RatingBar;

public class CustomRatingBarExample extends Activity
                RatingBar rb;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)


rb = (RatingBar) findViewById(R.id.ratingbar);



Save the file [styles.xml] in values folder. This folder already has a file [strings.xml].
Save the files [custom_ratingbar.xml], [custom_ratingbar_filled.xml], [custom_ratingbar_empty.xml] in drawable folder.
Save the images [custom ratings icon – star_on.png, star_off.png] in the drawable folder.

The OUTPUT will be


22 Responses so far.

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

  2. Great tutorual, but how do I get a smaller or bigger style, without a new icon set and new xml files?

  3. amit suri says:

    Great Bro,
    can we have an example, to give ratings to items and show high rated items in another activity using ListView

  4. ArtCH NK says:

    Great Tutorial ,Thanks

  5. karthick says:

    Its showing error,while using this code.
    error---error: Error retrieving parent for item: No resource found that matches the given name '@android:style/Widget.RatingBar.Small'.
    how i solve this error?
    my manifest.xml version is

    i checked my project properties also all are correct.
    i am using android 4.2 version

  6. estrip says:

    try another parent: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10876532/android-adt-18-0-styles

  7. How to bring this in dynamic control creation.

  8. Raghu says:

    Excellent Dude......

  9. Mark Hall says:

    why don't you provide download button?

  10. Su Wai says:

    Thank you! Really helpful :)

  11. L.A.Z says:

    may i know why the star is lock ? cannot change the rate

  12. Thank you, it helped me a lot!

  13. dont know why. did EXACTLY as written. showed nothing, empty where rating bar used to be. switched back to regular rating bar- its there...help :(((

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  15. Did you download png files & put it on drawable folder ?

  16. ok, finally got it to appear. now I've got a new problem- as in youre example the rating bar is in a vertical linear layout with a textView above it. no matter the height i set for the rating bar, wrap contnet, 50dp, and many more- it's always cut halfway in the emulator. if i put it in a layout with nothing above it- i get six stars and counting (i can see the beginning of another one that is cut width wise). and that's despite the 5 numStar i set...any suggestions?

  17. .maybe you have rendering problems with you emulator theme. Try to change it otherwise set numstars with java code (not xml).

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