Making RadioGroup radio buttons with images in Android… How?-ThrowExceptions

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Is it possible to make Radio Buttons in Android, where there are image representation to a button instead of a regular buttons? I want it to look something like that:

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The cyan in the middle represents the selected button.

How can I do it?

How to solve:

The RadioButton class has a buttonDrawable member, derived from CompoundButton.

There are multiple ways you can change this drawable.

From java:

myRadioButton.setButtonDrawable(resourceId or Drawable);

From xml:


If you just want the checked/unchecked state look differently, then

  • Add a new selector xml by rightclicking your res folder -> New ->
    Android xml -> select Drawable in the upper dropdown -> choose
    selector (in eclipse)
  • To setup this selector, please take a look at this link
  • From now on you can set your freshly created selector to any of your
    checkboxes/radiobuttons by using its id.

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