Android Expandable Layout

If you are looking for expandable panel in android something similar to description of app in Google Play. Then here is how implemented it.

1) First you make a custom layout which is capable of handling all the expand and collapse animation exactly similar to Google Play app description action.

package com.krish.animation.demo;

import android.content.Context;
import android.content.res.TypedArray;
import android.util.AttributeSet;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.animation.Animation;
import android.view.animation.Transformation;
import android.widget.LinearLayout;

public class ExpandablePanel extends LinearLayout {

    private final int mHandleId;
    private final int mContentId;

    // Contains references to the handle and content views
    private View mHandle;
    private View mContent;

    // Does the panel start expanded?
    private boolean mExpanded = false;
    // The height of the content when collapsed
    private int mCollapsedHeight = 0;
    // The full expanded height of the content (calculated)
    private int mContentHeight = 0;
    // How long the expand animation takes
    private int mAnimationDuration = 0;

    // Listener that gets fired onExpand and onCollapse
    private OnExpandListener mListener;

    public ExpandablePanel(Context context) {
        this(context, null);

     * The constructor simply validates the arguments being passed in and
     * sets the global variables accordingly. Required attributes are 
     * 'handle' and 'content'
    public ExpandablePanel(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
        super(context, attrs);
        mListener = new DefaultOnExpandListener();

        TypedArray a = context.obtainStyledAttributes(
                    attrs, R.styleable.ExpandablePanel, 0, 0);

        // How high the content should be in "collapsed" state
        mCollapsedHeight = (int) a.getDimension(
                    R.styleable.ExpandablePanel_collapsedHeight, 0.0f);

        // How long the animation should take
        mAnimationDuration = a.getInteger(
                    R.styleable.ExpandablePanel_animationDuration, 500);

        int handleId = a.getResourceId(
                    R.styleable.ExpandablePanel_handle, 0);

        if (handleId == 0) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                "The handle attribute is required and must refer "
                    + "to a valid child.");

        int contentId = a.getResourceId(
                        R.styleable.ExpandablePanel_content, 0);
        if (contentId == 0) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                        "The content attribute is required and must " +
                        "refer to a valid child.");

        mHandleId = handleId;
        mContentId = contentId;


    // Some public setters for manipulating the
    // ExpandablePanel programmatically
    public void setOnExpandListener(OnExpandListener listener) {
        mListener = listener; 

    public void setCollapsedHeight(int collapsedHeight) {
        mCollapsedHeight = collapsedHeight;

    public void setAnimationDuration(int animationDuration) {
        mAnimationDuration = animationDuration;

     * This method gets called when the View is physically
     * visible to the user
    protected void onFinishInflate() {

        mHandle = findViewById(mHandleId);
        if (mHandle == null) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                "The handle attribute is must refer to an"
                    + " existing child.");

        mContent = findViewById(mContentId);
        if (mContent == null) {
            throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                "The content attribute must refer to an"
                    + " existing child.");

	    // This changes the height of the content such that it
        // starts off collapsed
        android.view.ViewGroup.LayoutParams lp = 
        lp.height = mCollapsedHeight;

		// Set the OnClickListener of the handle view
        mHandle.setOnClickListener(new PanelToggler());

     * This is where the magic happens for measuring the actual
     * (un-expanded) height of the content. If the actual height
     * is less than the collapsedHeight, the handle will be hidden.
    protected void onMeasure(int widthMeasureSpec,
                                            int heightMeasureSpec) {
        // First, measure how high content wants to be
        mContent.measure(widthMeasureSpec, MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED);
        mContentHeight = mContent.getMeasuredHeight();
        Log.v("cHeight", mContentHeight+"");
        Log.v("cCollapseHeight", mCollapsedHeight+"");

        if (mContentHeight < mCollapsedHeight) {
        } else {

        // Then let the usual thing happen
        super.onMeasure(widthMeasureSpec, heightMeasureSpec);

     * This is the on click listener for the handle.
     * It basically just creates a new animation instance and fires
     * animation.
    private class PanelToggler implements OnClickListener {
        public void onClick(View v) {
            Animation a;
            if (mExpanded) {
               a = new ExpandAnimation(mContentHeight, mCollapsedHeight);
               mListener.onCollapse(mHandle, mContent);
            } else {
               a = new ExpandAnimation(mCollapsedHeight, mContentHeight);
               mListener.onExpand(mHandle, mContent);
            mExpanded = !mExpanded;

     * This is a private animation class that handles the expand/collapse
     * animations. It uses the animationDuration attribute for the length 
     * of time it takes.
    private class ExpandAnimation extends Animation {
        private final int mStartHeight;
        private final int mDeltaHeight;

        public ExpandAnimation(int startHeight, int endHeight) {
            mStartHeight = startHeight;
            mDeltaHeight = endHeight - startHeight;

        protected void applyTransformation(float interpolatedTime, 
                                                 Transformation t) {
            android.view.ViewGroup.LayoutParams lp = 
            lp.height = (int) (mStartHeight + mDeltaHeight *

        public boolean willChangeBounds() {
            return true;

     * Simple OnExpandListener interface
    public interface OnExpandListener {
        public void onExpand(View handle, View content); 
        public void onCollapse(View handle, View content);

    private class DefaultOnExpandListener implements OnExpandListener {
        public void onCollapse(View handle, View content) {}
        public void onExpand(View handle, View content) {}

2) add some attribute that are needed in res/values/attrs.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <declare-styleable name="ExpandablePanel">
    <attr name="handle" format="reference" />
    <attr name="content" format="reference" />
    <attr name="collapsedHeight" format="dimension" />

3) And finally use this custom layout like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ScrollView xmlns:android=""
    android:scrollbars="none" >

        android:orientation="vertical" >

            example:handle="@+id/expand" >

                android:layout_height="match_parent" >

                    android:text=" put some long text to test" />

                    android:text="More" />


This article is fully inspired from the stackoverflow answer android Expandable layout

if you found any problem with code above then you can find the source code in my gihub Android ExpandableLayout

Hope someone will find this article helpful in the future.


5 thoughts on “Android Expandable Layout

  1. Hi, I am facing one issue. If I add listview in expanded panel, its not auto expanding to full height of listview. Its just showing first row. Can you please help ?

  2. Hi,
    I tried to implement your solution inside a fragment but I got this error

    at com.rayat.pricewiz.view.activity.tabproduct.DetailsFragment.onCreateView(
    Caused by: java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException

    Can you please add a Fragment example also

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