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Android tab is one of the mostly used and important user interfaces (UI) design. Tabs are mostly used at the top with appbar or toolbar or actionbar. Sometime it is used at the bottom of application. In essence, the entirety of tab screens is Fragments, which will be handled by a ViewPager. In this tutorial, you will learn to implement material design sliding tabs in your android application.

You can see material design tabs on many new and recently updated android apps. Following are the simple steps to implement material design sliding tabs in android app.

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Android Example: How to Make Material Design Android Sliding Tabs


Let’s start by creating new android project to implement material design sliding tab to your app with following information.

Application name: Material Design Sliding Tabs Example
Company Domain: viralandroid.com
Package name: com.viralandroid.materialslidingtabs
Minimum SDK: Android API 14

Adding Dependencies

Open build.gradle file and add compile 'it.neokree:MaterialTabs:0.11' dependency. Build.gradle file will look like below.

build.gradle

Define Color Value

Open your app colors.xml file and add the following color value.

res/values/colors.xml

Android Application Theme

Open your app styles.xml file from res/values and change your app theme to Theme.AppCompat.Light.NoActionBar, after that add colorPrimary, colorPrimaryDark, colorAccent. Following is the complete content of styles.xml file.

res/values/styles.xml

XML Layout File

Now it’s time to add Toolbar, MaterialTabHost and ViewPager in your xml layout file inside RelativeLayout. Give an id name to theme and add layout_height, background, subtitleTextColor, titleTextColor in Toolbar. Similarly add app:accentColor and app:primaryColor attributes in MaterialTabHost. Your XML layout file will look like below.

res/layout/activity_main.xml

Java Activity File

First, create a new java file called AndroidFragment.java and extend Fragment. Override onCreateView and add a text view with text and gravity center. Following is the complete java code of AndroidFragment.java file.

src/AndroidFragment.java

Now open your main activity java file and extend with ActionBarActivity and implement MaterialTabListener. Declare toolbar, tab host and view pager in activity file. Here you need to override onTabSelected, onTabReselected and onTabUnselected. Following is the complete java code of MainActivity.java.

src/MainActivity.java

Android Example: How to Make Material Design Android Sliding Tabs

That’s all. Run your Android Material Design Sliding Tabs Example application, slide right and left the tabs; they are changing which will look like above screenshot. Further you can customize according to your needs.

Download Complete Project

You can download complete example project source code form GitHub.

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