Android: Set ImageView layout_height programmatically-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have an ImageView in my main.xml file:

            android:src="@drawable/pageimage" />

What I only need to do is to set the the layout_height programmatically to another value.

Additionally, I need to set the value in dp. So it is currently 45dp, I’d like to change it to another value in my main activity.

I tried to figure out how to do this using LayoutParams, but I couldn’t succeed.


How to solve:

I think you want something like this:

ImageView imgView = (ImageView) findViewById(;
imgView.getLayoutParams().height = 200;

So first we get the ImageView from the XML. Then getLayoutParams() gets you exactly the params you may edit then. You can set them directly there. The same for the width etc.

About the unit (sp,dp…) I found something here. Hope this helps:

Use DIP, SP metrics programmatically

There they mention, that all units are pixels. In the example he sets the minimum width of 20sp like this:

TextView tv0 = new TextView(this);
int px = (int) TypedValue.applyDimension(TypedValue.COMPLEX_UNIT_SP, 20, getResources().getDisplayMetrics());

P.S. Here is the complete code I use. Hopefully this is what you want:

package com.example.testproject2;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.widget.ImageView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        ImageView imgView = (ImageView) findViewById(;
        imgView.getLayoutParams().height = 500;

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
        return true;


You can do something like this:

LinearLayout.LayoutParams layoutParams  = new LinearLayout.LayoutParams(width_physical_pixels, height_physical_pixels);

But in the parameters it takes a pixel, so you would have to use the formula to convert pixels to dp, for example you can use this to convert:

float scale = getBaseContext().getResources().getDisplayMetrics().density;    
px = dp_that_you_want * (scale / 160);

Putting everything together:

//Get screen density to use in the formula.
float scale = getBaseContext().getResources().getDisplayMetrics().density;    
px = dp_that_you_want * (scale / 160);

LinearLayout.LayoutParams layoutParams  = new LinearLayout.LayoutParams(px, px);

I don’t know if this is what you are looking for, or if it will work, so let me know if it does.

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