dynamic – android margins not working when dynamically inserting views-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have a simple view:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
        android:text="Billy Bob"

When I statically copy the LinearLayout markup into my main activity layout, the margins are as expected. However, when I add the view into the main activity layout dynamically, the margins are ignored. Here’s how I insert the view

LayoutInflater inflater = (LayoutInflater)
View view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.test, null);
TextView txt_title = (TextView)view.findViewById(R.id.txt_title);
txt_title.setText("Dynamic #1");
llayout.addView(view, llayout.getChildCount()-1);

View view2 = inflater.inflate(R.layout.test, null);
txt_title = (TextView)view2.findViewById(R.id.txt_title);
txt_title.setText("Dynamic #2");
llayout.addView(view2, llayout.getChildCount()-1);

Here’s what it looks like:

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The container in the main layout is a LinearLayout, which is a child of a HorizontalScrollView. Any insight is appreciated.

How to solve:

When dynamically adding views, you shouldn’t inflate the View with a null ViewGroup parent. So, in other words you should be using inflater.inflate(R.layout.test, linearLayout, false);. The parent is used when determining what type of layout parameters to generate. Pass your parent container (in this case, your linear layout), so it correctly instantiates the ViewGroup.MarginLayoutParams from your XML.


This happens because you need to give “Margin” to layouts dynamically. You can do this by creating an object of “LayoutPrams“, like this:-

LinearLayout ll = new LinearLayout(this);

LinearLayout.LayoutParams layoutParams = new LinearLayout.LayoutParams(
 LinearLayout.LayoutParams.MATCH_PARENT, LinearLayout.LayoutParams.WRAP_CONTENT);
layoutParams.setMargins(30, 20, 30, 0);

Here , you can set the LayoutParams to the linearlayout:

ll.addView(okButton, layoutParams);

Hope it helps.


First, you have to get display density.
related docs are https://developer.android.com/reference/android/util/DisplayMetrics.html

and get ID which you want set margin view.
for my case,

layout_login_box = (ConstraintLayout)findViewById(R.id.login_layout_box);

float density = getResources().getDisplayMetrics().density;

ConstraintLayout.LayoutParams params = (ConstraintLayout.LayoutParams)layout_login_box.getLayoutParams();
params.setMargins((int) (24  * density),0,(int) (24  * density),(int) (16  * density));

Also, you can change ConstraintLayout to your own view.

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