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A View on which you can freely draw, customizing paint width, alpha and color, and take a screenshot of the content. Useful for note apps, signatures or free hand writing.
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A View that let you draw freely on it. You can customize paint width, alpha and color. Can be useful for notes app, signatures or hands-free writing

This View works flawlessly inside Scrolling parents like NestedScrollView. Be careful with lists, you need to restore manually the draw state!

Also supports state-restore on rotation, with custom behaviours like "clear, crop or fitXY" and you can take a screenshot (given to you as a Bitmap Object) of the View drawn content


You can try the demo app on google play store.
coming soon

Or see the full video demo on YouTube.



compile 'com.rm:freedrawview:1.1.2'

Min SDK version: 9 (Android 2.3)


To use this library, just add this inside your layout file



... if you need to use this View's custom xml attributes (shown in a table below or in the example above) do not forget to add this to your root layout


And this in your Activity

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
    FreeDrawView mSignatureView;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        mSignatureView = (FreeDrawView) findViewById(;

        // Setup the View
        mSignatureView.setPaintAlpha(255);// from 0 to 255
        mSignatureView.setResizeBehaviour(ResizeBehaviour.CROP);// Must be one of ResizeBehaviour
                                                                // values;

        // This listener will be notified every time the path done and undone count changes
        mSignatureView.setPathRedoUndoCountChangeListener(new PathRedoUndoCountChangeListener() {
                                  public void onUndoCountChanged(int undoCount) {
                                      // The undoCount is the number of the paths that can be undone

                                  public void onRedoCountChanged(int redoCount) {
                                      // The redoCount is the number of path removed that can be redrawn
        // This listener will be notified every time a new path has been drawn
        mSignatureView.setOnPathDrawnListener(new PathDrawnListener() {
                    public void onNewPathDrawn() {
                        // The user has finished drawing a path

                    public void onPathStart() {
                        // The user has started drawing a path

        // This will take a screenshot of the current drawn content of the view
        mSignatureView.getDrawScreenshot(new FreeDrawView.DrawCreatorListener() {
                                  public void onDrawCreated(Bitmap draw) {
                                      // The draw Bitmap is the drawn content of the View

                                  public void onDrawCreationError() {
                                      // Something went wrong creating the bitmap, should never
                                      // happen unless the async task has been canceled

Save and restore manually the Draw content

From v1.1.0 you can get the current state of the Draw (as a Serializable object) and than restore it:

        FreeDrawSerializableState state = mSignatureView.getCurrentViewStateAsSerializable();// This returns a FreeDrawSerializableState (which implements Serializable)

        // Save this "state" object into a file or keep it where you want

        mSignatureView.restoreStateFromSerializable(state);// Restore the state of the view

        // Now all the previous paths and points have been restored (including the history)

To save this Serializable Object inside a file you can take a look at the class FileHelper

Supported Attributes


XML Attribute Java method Description Default value
paintColor setPaintColor(@ColorInt int checked) Set the color of the paint Color.BLACK
paintWidth setPaintWidthPx(@FloatRange(from = 0) float widthPx) Set the width of the paint in pixels 4dp
setPaintWidthDp(float dp) Set the width of the paint in dp 4dp
paintAlpha setPaintAlpha(@IntRange(from = 0, to = 255) int alpha) Set the alpha of the paint 255
resizeBehaviour setResizeBehaviour(ResizeBehaviour newBehaviour) The behaviour of the view every time it is resized (on rotation for example) one of [clear, fitXY, crop] ResizeBehaviour.CROP

Limitations and TODO

  • Multitouch drawing is currently not supported
  • Eraser is not yet implemented
  • Manually restore state is not supported
  • Get the draw screenshot from a FreeDrawSerializableState without adding the view

Also, the FreeDrawView class gives some utility methods to handle path history:

  • public void undoLast()
    This method undo the last drawn segment

  • public void redoLast()
    This method redraw the last undone segment

  • public void undoAll()
    This method undo all the drawn segments, they can be redone one by one or all in one

  • public void redoAll()
    This method redraw all the undone segments

  • public void clearHistory()
    This method removes all the history segments (The one that could be redone)

  • public void clearDraw()
    This method removes all the current drawn segments, without adding them to the history

  • public void clearDrawAndHistory()
    This method removes all the current drawn segments and clears the history

  • public int getPathCount(boolean includeCurrentlyDrawingPath)
    This method returns the current number of segments drawn

You can use:

  • setOnPathDrawnListener(PathDrawnListener listener)
    to be notified every time the user starts or finishes drawing a line.

  • setPathRedoUndoCountChangeListener(PathRedoUndoCountChangeListener listener)
    to be notified when the undo or redo count changes.

And remove them with:

  • removePathDrawnListener()
  • removePathRedoUndoCountChangeListener()


Copyright 2017 Riccardo Moro.

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