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Dynamic Chronometer in Kotlin

  • Last Updated : 28 Mar, 2022

Android ChronoMeter is user interface control which shows timer in the view. We can easily start up or down counter with base time using the chronometer widget. By default, start() method can assume base time and starts the counter.

Generally, we can create use ChronoMeter widget in XML layout but we can do it programmatically also.

First we create a new project by following the below steps:

  1. Click on File, then New => New Project.
  2. After that include the Kotlin support and click on next.
  3. Select the minimum SDK as per convenience and click next button.
  4. Then select the Empty activity => next => finish.

Modify activity_main.xml file

In this file, we use the LinearLayout widget along with a button to start or stop the meter and also set attributes for both of them.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        app:layout_constraintTop_toBottomOf="@+id/l_layout" />

Update strings.xml file

Here, we update the name of the application using the string tag. We also other strings which can be used in MainActivity.kt file.


    <string name="app_name">ChronometerInKotlin</string>
    <string name="stop">Stop Timer</string>
    <string name="start">Start Timer</string>
    <string name="working">Started</string>
    <string name="stopped">Stopped</string>

Create ChronoMeter in MainActivity.kt file

First, we declare a variable meter to create the Chronometer in Kotlin file.

val meter = Chronometer(this)
        // set color and size of the text

also, add the chronometer in layout using

val linearLayout = findViewById(

then, we access the button from the xml file and set setOnClickListener to start and stop the timer.

val btn = findViewById<Button>(
        btn?.setOnClickListener(object : View.OnClickListener {...}


package com.geeksforgeeks.myfirstkotlinapp
import android.os.Bundle
import android.util.TypedValue
import android.widget.Button
import android.view.View
import android.view.ViewGroup
import android.widget.Chronometer
import android.widget.LinearLayout
import android.widget.Toast
class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        // create the chronometer from XML file
        val meter = Chronometer(this)
        // set color and size of the text
        val layoutParams = LinearLayout.LayoutParams(
        layoutParams.setMargins(30, 40, 120, 40)
        meter.layoutParams = layoutParams
        val linearLayout = findViewById<LinearLayout>(
        //access the button using id
        val btn = findViewById<Button>(
        btn?.setOnClickListener(object : View.OnClickListener {
            var isWorking = false
            override fun onClick(v: View) {
                if (!isWorking) {
                    isWorking = true
                } else {
                    isWorking = false
                btn.setText(if (isWorking) R.string.start else R.string.stop)
                Toast.makeText(this@MainActivity, getString(
                    if (isWorking)

AndroidManifest.xml file


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <activity android:name=".MainActivity">
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

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