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TextView in Kotlin

Last Updated : 29 Oct, 2021
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Android TextView is simply a view that are used to display the text to the user and optionally allow us to modify or edit it. First of all, open Kotlin project in Android Studio.
Following steps are used to create TextView in Kotlin:

  1. Add a TextView in activity_main.xml file inside LinearLayout.
  2. Add attributes like text, textColor, textSize, textStyle in the activity_main.xml file.
  3. Open MainActivity.kt file and set OnClickListener for the textView to show the Toast message.

Different attributes of TextView widgets –

Attributes Description
android:text Sets text of the Textview
android:id Gives a unique ID to the Textview
android:cursorVisible Use this attribute to make cursor visible or invisible. Default value is visible.
android:drawableBottom Sets images or other graphic assets to below of the Textview.
android:drawableEnd Sets images or other graphic assets to end of Textview.
android:drawableLeft Sets images or other graphic assets to left of Textview.
android:drawablePadding Sets padding to the drawable(images or other graphic assets) in the Textview.
android:autoLink This attribute is used to automatically detect url or emails and show it as clickable link.
android:autoText Automatically correct spelling errors in text of the Textview.
android:capitalize It automatically capitalize whatever the user types in the Textview.
android:drawableRight Sets drawables to right of text in the Textview.
android:drawableStart Sets drawables to start of text in the Textview.
android:drawableTop Sets drawables to top of text in the Textview.
android:ellipsize Use this attribute when you want text to be ellipsized if it is longer than the Textview width.
android:ems Sets width of the Textview in ems.
android:gravity We can align text of the Textview vertically or horizontally or both.
android:height Use to set height of the Textview.
android:hint Use to show hint when there is no text.
android:inputType Use to set input type of the Textview. It can be Number, Password, Phone etc.
android:lines Use to set height of the Textview by number of lines.
android:maxHeight Sets maximum height of the Textview.
android:minHeight Sets minimum height of the Textview.
android:maxLength Sets maximum character length of the Textview.
android:maxLines Sets maximum lines Textview can have.
android:minLines Sets minimum lines Textview can have.
android:maxWidth Sets maximum width Textview can have.
android:minWidth Sets minimum lines Textview can have.
android:textAllCaps Show all texts of the Textview in capital letters.
android:textColor Sets color of the text.
android:textSize Sets font size of the text.
android:textStyle Sets style of the text. For example, bold, italic, bolditalic.
android:typeface Sets typeface or font of the text. For example, normal, sans, serif etc
android:width Sets width of the TextView.

Modify the strings.xml file

We can add strings in the strings.xml file and use in the other files easily by calling them with their names.

    <string name="app_name">TextViewInKotlin</string>
    <string name="text_view">GeeksForGeeks</string>
    <string name="text_on_click">COMPUTER SCIENCE PORTAL</string>

activity_main.xml file

Open activity_main.xml file and create a TextView using id textView.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <!--EditText with id editText-->

Open MainActivity.kt file and get the reference of TextView defined in the layout file.

// finding the textView
 val textView = findViewById( as TextView

Setting the on click listener to the button

textView?.setOnClickListener{ Toast.makeText(this@MainActivity,
                "COMPUTER SCIENCE PORTAL", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }

MainActivity.kt file

Open app/src/main/java/yourPackageName/MainActivity.kt to get the reference of TextView.

package com.geeksforgeeks.myfirstkotlinapp
import android.os.Bundle
import android.widget.TextView
import android.widget.Toast
class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {
        override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
            //accessing our textview from layout
            val textView = findViewById<TextView>( as TextView
            textView?.setOnClickListener{ Toast.makeText(this@MainActivity,
                R.string.text_on_click, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }

AndroidManifest.xml file

We are also going to see the code inside main/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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