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Set EditText cursor color


Question

I am having this issue where I am using the Android's Holo theme on a tablet project. However, I have a fragment on screen which has a white background. I am adding an EditText component on this fragment. I've tried to override the theme by setting the background of the Holo.Light theme resources. However, my text cursor (carat) remains white and hence, invisible on screen (I can spot it faintly in the edittext field..).

Does anyone know how I can get EditText to use a darker cursor color? I've tried setting the style of the EditText to "@android:style/Widget.Holo.Light.EditText" with no positive result.

2016/12/05
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12/5/2016 1:39:29 PM

Accepted Answer

Setting the android:textCursorDrawable attribute to @null should result in the use of android:textColor as the cursor color.

Attribute "textCursorDrawable" is available in API level 12 and higher

2015/01/28
1195
1/28/2015 9:11:14 AM


It appears as if all the answers go around the bushes.

In your EditText, use the property:

android:textCursorDrawable="@drawable/black_cursor"

and add the drawable black_cursor.xml to your resources, as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:shape="rectangle" >
    <size android:width="1dp" />
    <solid android:color="#000000"/>
</shape>

This is also the way to create more diverse cursors, if you need.

2014/10/31

There is a new way to change cursor color in latest Appcompact v21
Just change colorAccent in style like this:

 <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
    <!-- Set theme colors from http://www.google.com/design/spec/style/color.html#color-color-palette-->

    <!-- colorPrimary is used for the default action bar background -->
    <item name="colorPrimary">#088FC9</item>

    <!-- colorPrimaryDark is used for the status bar -->
    <item name="colorPrimaryDark">#088FC9</item>

    <!-- colorAccent is used as the default value for colorControlActivated
         which is used to tint widgets -->
    <!-- THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR -->
    <item name="colorAccent">#0091BC</item> 
</style>

Then apply this style on your app theme or activities.

Update: this way only works on API 21+
Update 2: I'm not sure the minimum android version that it can work.
Tested by android version:

2.3.7 - didn't work
4.4.4 - worked
5.0 - worked
5.1 - worked
2016/01/08

I found the answer :)

I've set the Theme's editText style to:

<item name="android:editTextStyle">@style/myEditText</item>

Then I've used the following drawable to set the cursor:

`

<style name="myEditText" parent="@android:style/Widget.Holo.Light.EditText">
    <item name="android:background">@android:drawable/editbox_background_normal</item>
    <item name="android:textCursorDrawable">@android:drawable/my_cursor_drawable</item>
    <item name="android:height">40sp</item>
</style>

`

android:textCursorDrawable is the key here.

2012/10/11

For anyone that needs to set the EditText cursor color dynamically, below you will find two ways to achieve this.


First, create your cursor drawable:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:shape="rectangle" >

    <solid android:color="#ff000000" />

    <size android:width="1dp" />

</shape>

Set the cursor drawable resource id to the drawable you created (https://github.com/android/platform_frameworks_base/blob/kitkat-release/core/java/android/widget/TextView.java#L562-564">source)):

try {
    Field f = TextView.class.getDeclaredField("mCursorDrawableRes");
    f.setAccessible(true);
    f.set(yourEditText, R.drawable.cursor);
} catch (Exception ignored) {
}

To just change the color of the default cursor drawable, you can use the following method:

public static void setCursorDrawableColor(EditText editText, int color) {
    try {
        Field fCursorDrawableRes = 
            TextView.class.getDeclaredField("mCursorDrawableRes");
        fCursorDrawableRes.setAccessible(true);
        int mCursorDrawableRes = fCursorDrawableRes.getInt(editText);
        Field fEditor = TextView.class.getDeclaredField("mEditor");
        fEditor.setAccessible(true);
        Object editor = fEditor.get(editText);
        Class<?> clazz = editor.getClass();
        Field fCursorDrawable = clazz.getDeclaredField("mCursorDrawable");
        fCursorDrawable.setAccessible(true);

        Drawable[] drawables = new Drawable[2];
        Resources res = editText.getContext().getResources();
        drawables[0] = res.getDrawable(mCursorDrawableRes);
        drawables[1] = res.getDrawable(mCursorDrawableRes);
        drawables[0].setColorFilter(color, PorterDuff.Mode.SRC_IN);
        drawables[1].setColorFilter(color, PorterDuff.Mode.SRC_IN);
        fCursorDrawable.set(editor, drawables);
    } catch (final Throwable ignored) {
    }
}
2016/01/08

Late to the party,Here's is my answer,

This is for the people who are not looking to change the colorAccent in their parent theme,but wants to change EditText attributes!

This answer demos how to change ......

  1. Bottom line color
  2. Cursor color
  3. Cursor pointer color (I used my custom image).......... of EditText using style applied to the Activity theme.

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<android.support.v7.widget.AppCompatEditText
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:text="Hey" />

Example:

<style name="AppTheme.EditText" parent="@style/Widget.AppCompat.EditText">
    <item name="android:textColor">@color/white</item>
    <item name="android:textColorHint">#8AFFFFFF</item>
    <item name="android:background">@drawable/edit_text_background</item> // background (bottom line at this case)
    <item name="android:textCursorDrawable">@color/white</item>  // Cursor
    <item name="android:textSelectHandle">@drawable/my_white_icon</item> // For pointer normal state and copy text state
    <item name="android:textSelectHandleLeft">@drawable/my_white_icon</item>
    <item name="android:textSelectHandleRight">@drawable/my_white_icon</item>
</style>

Now create a drawable(edit_text_background) add a resource xml for the background!You can customize as you want!

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    <item
        android:bottom="0dp"
        android:left="-3dp"   
        android:right="-3dp"
        android:top="-3dp">

        <shape android:shape="rectangle">
            <stroke
                android:width="1dp"
                android:color="@color/white"/>
        </shape>
    </item>
    </layer-list>

Now as you did set this style in your Activity theme.

Example :

In your Activity you have a theme,set this custom editText theme to that.

<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
    <!-- Your Theme data -->
    <item name="editTextStyle">@style/AppTheme.EditText</item> // inculude this
</style>
2017/02/02

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