An Android Toast replacement, similar to the one seen in the GMail app.
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An Android Toast replacement, similar to the one seen in the GMail app. Multiple messages can be posted in succession, and each message will be shown for 5 seconds.


There's two ways to use the MessageBar. It can either be attached directly to an activity, or a View can be passed.

Attaching to an activity

This approach requires adding the following attributes to the Activity's theme.

<item name="messageBarContainerStyle">@style/MessageBar.Container</item>
<item name="messageBarTextStyle">@style/MessageBar.Message</item>
<item name="messageBarButtonStyle">@style/MessageBar.Button</item>

Attaching the MessageBar is then done by passing the Activity to the MessageBar constructor.

mMessageBar = new MessageBar(this);

This will automatically add a MessageBar layout to the content view.

Attaching to a View

This can be used e.g. when attaching to a Fragment, or if custom views are to be used for showing the message.

When using this approach, child views with the following id's must be added to the passed View.

  • mbContainer: The container that holds the message and the button views.
  • mbMessage: A TextView that displays the message.
  • mbButton: A TextView that displays the button text.

As an example, this is the default layout that's used when attaching to an Activity.

<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

        style="?attr/messageBarTextStyle" />

        style="?attr/messageBarButtonStyle" />

The MessageBar is then attached by passing a parent view to the constructor.

Showing a message

A message is shown simple by calling MessageBar#show(...). A few methods are available here. It can either simply show a message or show a message and a button. When a button is shown, a Parcelable has to be passed that's then returned via MessageBar$OnMessageClickListener if the button is clicked.

Example:"This is a message");


  • Roman Nurik for creating the example this library is based on.


Copyright 2012 Simon Vig Therkildsen

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