Android Checkbox Tutorial With Example

Hello Readers! In this tutorial, we will learn about how to use android checkbox with example. We will learn about different attributes that are used to customise this widget.


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Getting Started

Android Checkbox can be described as below –

Android Checkbox is special type of button that has only 2 states i.e. either checked or unchecked.

Different Attributes of Android Checkbox Widget

Attributes of checkbox widget are inherited from Textview, View and Compound Button. Some of the popular attributes inherited from Textview are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:backgroundTint Sets tint to the background.
2 android:clickable Sets true when you want to make View clickable. Otherwise, set false.
3 android:drawableBottom Drawable to be drawn at bottom of the text.
4 android:drawableEnd Drawable to be drawn to end of the text.
5 android:drawableLeft Drawable to be drawn to left of the text.
6 android:drawablePadding Padding of the drawable.

Attributes of Checkbox inherited from Compound Button are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:button Drawable to be used for button graphic
2 android:buttonTint Sets tint to button graphic
3 android:buttonTintMode Blending mode used to apply the button graphic tint.

Attributes of Checkbox inherited from View are –

Sr. XML Attributes Description
1 android:id It sets unique identifier for this view.
2 android:padding Sets padding of this view.
3 android:onClick Defines the operations to perform when this view is clicked
4 android:visibility Sets the visibility (visible, gone etc.) of the Checkbox.
5 android:tooltipText Defines text displayed in a small popup window on hover or long press.
6 android:background Sets background to this view.
7 android:alpha Sets alpha in view.

Example of Android Checkbox Widget

At first, we will create android application. Then, we will use checkbox widget in this application.

1. Creating New Project

Follow steps below to create new android project. Please ignore the steps if you have already created android application.

Step Description
1. Open Android Studio.
2. Go to File => New => New Project. Write application name as Checkbox. Then, click next button.
3. Select minimum SDK you need. However, we have selected 17 as minimum SDK. Then, click next button
4. Then, select Empty Activity => click next => click finish.
5. If you have followed above process correctly, you will get a newly created project successfully. However, you can also visit post to create a new project to know steps in detail.

Now, we will modify xml and java file to modify or perform some action when checkbox is clicked. Please follow the steps below.

2. Modify Values folder

Open res/values/strings.xml file. Then, add below code into it.

	<string name="app_name">Checkbox</string>
	<string name="check_it">Check it</string>

Other values folder have not been changed. So, we are not going to mention it here.

3. Use Checkbox in xml file

Open res/layout/activity_main.xml file. Then, add below code into it.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>



Notice that we have defined Checkbox widget with id checkBox in xml file. Now, we will access this checkbox widget in java file. Then, We will show a toast message when checkbox is clicked.

4. Access Checkbox in java file

Open src/main/java/com.tutorialwing.checkbox/ file. Then, add below code into it.

package com.tutorialwing.checkbox;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.CheckBox;
import android.widget.CompoundButton;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

		CheckBox checkBox = findViewById(;
		if (checkBox != null) {
			checkBox.setOnCheckedChangeListener(new CompoundButton.OnCheckedChangeListener() {
				public void onCheckedChanged(CompoundButton buttonView, boolean isChecked) {
					String msg = "You have " + (isChecked ? "checked" : "unchecked") + " this Check it Checkbox.";
					Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, msg, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

Notice that we have added a listener whenever checked/unchecked state is changed in checkbox.

Since AndroidManifest file is very important for any android application. We are also going to mention it here.

AndroidManifest.xml file

Code inside main/AndroidManifest.xml file is as below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest package="com.tutorialwing.checkbox"

		<activity android:name=".MainActivity">
				<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>

				<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>


When you run the application, you will get output as shown above.

That’s the end of tutorial on Android Checkbox widget.

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