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Android CheckBox and RadioButton with additional 3rd "indeterminate" state
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codepiex and sevar83 Upgrade the build version to API 27 & gradle version to 3.1.
Change the minimum compatibility to API 14.
Reduce the library size by removing the checkbox png icons (as it's now not necessary because for API<21 icons get generated through vector at runtime).
Introduced colorControlIndeterminate attribute to support custom color for indeterminate state.
Latest commit 43477d8 Nov 17, 2018


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Android CheckBox and RadioButton with additional 3rd 'indeterminate' state.


  • Based on AppCompat library
  • Requires AppCompat theme
  • API 7+ (but tested only on API 10+)

Getting Started

  1. You need to have this in your project's build.gradle file:

    allprojects {
        repositories {
            maven { url "" }
  2. You need this in your app's module build.gradle file:

    dependencies {
        compile 'com.github.sevar83:indeterminate-checkbox:1.0.5@aar'
  3. The Support library's AppCompat theme or its variant must be set for your application or your activity in the manifest:



In XML layout

Add this to your layout:

    android:text="My IndeterminateCheckBox"
    <!-- Add the line above if you want it to be initially indeterminate, 
    otherwise it acts as a plain checkbox. -->

Listening for state changes

Both changes of the 'checked' state and the 'indeterminate' state can be received in one listener. So, the OnCheckedChangeListener is not needed at all. The OnStateChangedListener is called just after the standard OnCheckedChangeListener.

IndeterminateCheckBox indetermCheck;
indetermCheck.setOnStateChangedListener(new OnStateChangedListener() {
    public void onStateChangedListener(IndeterminateCheckBox check, @Nullable Boolean state) {
        if (state == null) {
            // The new state is 'indeterminate'
        } else if (state) {
            // The new state is 'checked'
        } else {
            // The new state is 'unchecked'


Note that when user clicks an checkbox in 'indeterminate' state it always becomes 'checked' no matter of its current 'checked' state. Its 'checked' state is not getting toggled, it becomes 'checked'. Clicking it again and it's becomes 'unchecked'. Then another click toggles it back to 'checked' state and so on. In other words user does not toggle all three states one after another. With normal operations (clicks, keypresses) it's not possible. This behaviour is normal and follows various UX guidelines. However switching back to 'indeterminate' state is possible programatically if you decide it is appropriate (see next).

Controlling the state programmatically

Switching to 'indeterminate' state at any time is possible with:

// or 

Switching from 'indeterminate' state to 'determinate' state:

indetermCheck.setChecked(true); // or false
// or
indetermCheck.setState(true);   // or false

Checking the state

// or 

Known Issues

  • IndeterminateRadionButton is not animated. In order to make it animated I had to include about 120 PNG files from the Android Lollipop framework. Unlike the CheckBox widget the RadioButton has no vector animations in Lollipop yet. They still use PNGs. When (and if) Google switches to vectors I'm going to import them here too.
  • Highlighting on pre-Lollipop seems not working or missing


  • IndeterminateCheckedTextView - would be valuable for using in dialogs
  • Write some tests


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