Wednesday, 8 July 2015


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The MaterialDrawer library aims to provide the easiest possible implementation of a navigation drawer for your application. It provides a great amount of out of the box customizations and also includes an easy to use header which can be used as AccountSwitcher.
  • the easiest possible integration
    • integrate in less then 5 minutes
  • includes an AccountSwitcher
    • Easy to use
    • No additional setup
    • Many additional usecases possible
    • Compact style included
  • quick and simple api
  • follows the Google Material Design Guidelines
  • comes with various themes which help to get your own themes clean
  • modify the colors on the go
  • uses the AppCompat support library
  • compatible down to API Level 10
  • supports multiple drawers
  • comes with multiple default drawer items
  • badge support
  • define custom drawer items
  • tested and stable
  • many many options how to display the drawer
    • Translucent StatusBar
    • Display Above the Toolbar
    • Display Under the Toolbar



You can try it out here Google Play (wall:splash an open source application which uses this drawer implementation). Or you try the Sample Application


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Include in your project

Using Maven

The MaterialDrawer Library is pushed to Maven Central, so you just need to add the following dependency to your build.gradle.
compile('com.mikepenz:materialdrawer:3.0.9@aar') {
    transitive = true

How to use

Here's a quick overview what you have to do within your application. You can find a detailed description of all methods in the WIKI.

Upgrade Notes

< v3.0.0

  • There is no more Drawer.Result. To create a drawer use the new DrawerBuilder instead of theDrawer. The result is now a Drawer.
  • There is no more AccountHeader.Result. To create a drawer use the new AccountHeaderBuilderinstead of the AccountHeader. The result is now a AccountHeader.
  • new Drawer() --> new DrawerBuilder()Drawer.Result --> Drawernew AccountHeader() --> new AccountHeaderBuilder()AccountHeader.Result --> AccountHeader
  • The onDrawerItemClick listener now returns a boolean defining if the event was consumed

< v2.9.8

Changed maven group. You can get all updates via the new onecom.mikepenz:materialdrawer:x.y.z@aar

< v2.9.5

Tinting is now off by DEFAULT again. Enable it for your items with withIconTintingEnabled(true) if needed. This release now also tint's the normal state of the icon.

< v2.9.0

v2.9.0 now uses the latest version 22.1.1. Please update if you use an older version. It is now also required to set the theme within your layout for toolbars. (Especially for the DarkToolbar theme)

< v2.8.0

v2.8.0 now uses the latest version 22.1.0. Please update if you use an older version.

Minimal SetUp


It's (theoretically) a one-liner :D. This will create an empty drawer.
new DrawerBuilder().withActivity(this).build()

Activity with Toolbar


Drawer result = new DrawerBuilder()
        new PrimaryDrawerItem().withName(R.string.drawer_item_home),
        new DividerDrawerItem(),
        new SecondaryDrawerItem().withName(R.string.drawer_item_settings)
    .withOnDrawerItemClickListener(new Drawer.OnDrawerItemClickListener() {
    public boolean onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id, IDrawerItem drawerItem) {
        // do something with the clicked item :D

//use the result object to get different views of the drawer or modify it's data
//some sample calls

Drawer with AccountSwitcher


// Create the AccountHeader
AccountHeader headerResult = new AccountHeaderBuilder()
        new ProfileDrawerItem().withName("Mike Penz").withEmail("").withIcon(getResources().getDrawable(R.drawable.profile))
    .withOnAccountHeaderListener(new AccountHeader.OnAccountHeaderListener() {
        public boolean onProfileChanged(View view, IProfile profile, boolean currentProfile) {
            return false;

//Now create your drawer and pass the AccountHeader.Result
Drawer result = new DrawerBuilder()
        new PrimaryDrawerItem().withName(R.string.drawer_item_home),
        new DividerDrawerItem(),
        new SecondaryDrawerItem().withName(R.string.drawer_item_settings)
    .withOnDrawerItemClickListener(new Drawer.OnDrawerItemClickListener() {
    public boolean onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view, int position, long id, IDrawerItem drawerItem) {
        // do something with the clicked item :D

Activity with ActionBar


new DrawerBuilder()
        //pass your items here

Activity with Multiple Drawers


Drawer result = new DrawerBuilder()
        //pass your items here

new DrawerBuilder()
        //pass your items here

Load images via url

The MaterialDrawer supports fetching images from URLs and setting them for the Profile icons. As the MaterialDrawer does not contain an ImageLoading library the dev can choose his own implementation (Picasso, Glide, ...). This has to be done, before the first image should be loaded via URL. (Should be done in the Application, but any other spot before loading the first image is working too)


//initialize and create the image loader logic
DrawerImageLoader.init(new DrawerImageLoader.IDrawerImageLoader() {
    public void set(ImageView imageView, Uri uri, Drawable placeholder) {

    public void cancel(ImageView imageView) {

    public Drawable placeholder(Context ctx) {
        return null;

###Switching between Back-Arrow or Hamburger-Icon
If you use the included ActionBarDrawerToggle you can switch between back-arrow or hamburger-icon
with the following code snippet. (Please note that the order of these lines matter)
####Code - Show the back arrow:

Code - Show the hamburger icon:



Use one of the provided themes. They all use the AppCompat theme as parent and define the color values for the drawer.
NOTE: The theme states ActionBar and not NoActionBar like the Appcompat style
  • MaterialDrawerTheme (extends Theme.AppCompat.NoActionBar)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.TranslucentStatus
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.ActionBar (extends Theme.AppCompat)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.ActionBar.TranslucentStatus
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light (extends Theme.AppCompat.Light.NoActionBar)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.TranslucentStatus
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.ActionBar (extends Theme.AppCompat.Light)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.ActionBar.TranslucentStatus
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.DarkToolbar (extends Theme.AppCompat.DarkActionBar) (disabled the ActionBar)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.DarkToolbar.TranslucentStatus
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.DarkToolbar.ActionBar (extends Theme.AppCompat.DarkActionBar)
  • MaterialDrawerTheme.Light.DarkToolbar.ActionBar.TranslucentStatus

Style the drawer

Use of a none MaterialDrawer.* style

If you don't use one of the provided styles you have to add the style values to your style. Here's a simple sample. This is the same as the Custom style just with a parent likeparent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar"

Custom style - styles.xml

Create your custom style and use one of the provided themes as parent. If you don't need a custom theme see the next section, how you can set the colors just by overwriting the original colors.
    <style name="CustomTheme" parent="MaterialDrawerTheme">
        <!-- ...and here we setting appcompat’s color theming attrs -->
        <item name="colorPrimary">@color/material_drawer_primary</item>
        <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/material_drawer_primary_dark</item>
        <item name="colorAccent">@color/material_drawer_accent</item>

        <!-- MaterialDrawer specific values -->
        <item name="material_drawer_background">@color/material_drawer_background</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_icons">@color/material_drawer_icons</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_primary_text">@color/material_drawer_primary_text</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_primary_icon">@color/material_drawer_primary_icon</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_secondary_text">@color/material_drawer_secondary_text</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_hint_text">@color/material_drawer_hint_text</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_divider">@color/material_drawer_divider</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_selected">@color/material_drawer_selected</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_selected_text">@color/material_drawer_selected_text</item>
        <item name="material_drawer_header_selection_text">@color/material_drawer_header_selection_text</item>

Custom colors - colors.xml

No need to create a custom theme. Just set these colors (or some of them) and you have your own style.
    <!-- Material DEFAULT colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_primary">#2196F3</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_primary_dark">#1976D2</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_primary_light">#BBDEFB</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_accent">#FF4081</color>

    <!-- MaterialDrawer DEFAULT colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_background">#F9F9F9</color>
    <!-- Material DEFAULT text / items colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_icons">#FFF</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_primary_text">#DE000000</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_primary_icon">#8A000000</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_secondary_text">#8A000000</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_hint_text">#42000000</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_divider">#1F000000</color>
    <!-- Material DEFAULT drawer colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_selected">#E8E8E8</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_selected_text">#2196F3</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_header_selection_text">#FFF</color>

    <!-- MaterialDrawer DEFAULT DARK colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_background">#303030</color>
    <!-- MaterialDrawer DEFAULT DARK text / items colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_icons">#000</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_primary_text">#DEFFFFFF</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_primary_icon">#8AFFFFFF</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_secondary_text">#8AFFFFFF</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_hint_text">#42FFFFFF</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_divider">#1FFFFFFF</color>
    <!-- MaterialDrawer DEFAULT DARK drawer colors -->
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_selected">#202020</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_selected_text">@color/material_drawer_primary</color>
    <color name="material_drawer_dark_header_selection_text">#FFF</color>


How can i create a drawer without a default selection
//just use this with the Drawer
How can i use this with espresso
androidTestCompile ('') {
//this library uses the newest app compat v22 but the espresso contrib still v21. 
//you have to specifically exclude the older verisions of the contrib library or
// there will be some conflicts
    exclude module: 'support-annotations'
    exclude module: 'support-v4'
    exclude module: 'recyclerview-v7'
I have problems with the SoftKeyboard. How can i fix this?
The MaterialDrawer will display your activity as FullScreen. Starting with API 19 the adjustResizeworks different then. This is default Android behavior. This is a big issue for a lot of devs so i've created a helper which "fixes" this issue. (It is recommend to just enable it for activities / fragments which need it)
.keyboardSupportEnabled(activity, enabled)
A additional workaround is to disable the translucent StatusBar (This will break the drawer to be displayed under the StatusBar). .withTranslucentStatusBar(false)
Can I lock the Drawer
As the MaterialDrawer will just create a normal DrawerLayout (with some magic around it) everything a normal DrawerLayout can do is also available in the MaterialDrawer.
//get the DrawerLayout from the Drawer
DrawerLayout drawerLayout = result.getDrawerLayout();
//do whatever you want with the Drawer. Like locking it. 
drawerLayout.setDrawerLockMode(int lockMode); //or (int lockMode, int edgeGravity)

Apps using the MaterialDrawer

(feel free to send me new projects)

Articles about the MaterialDrawer


  • MirosÅ‚aw Stanek - GitHub
  • Lunae Luman - Behance for the Header Image

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