In Android, you can use “android.widget.ImageButton” to display a normal “Button“, with a customized background image.

In this tutorial, we show you how to display a button with a background image named “android_button.png“, when user click on it, display a short message. As simple as that.

Note
You may also like this Android ImageButton selector example, which allow to change button’s images depends on button states.

P.S This project is developed in Eclipse 3.7, and tested with Android 2.3.3.

1. Add Image to Resources

Put image “android_button.png” into “res/drawable-?dpi” folder. So that Android know where to find your image.

2. Add ImageButton

Open “res/layout/main.xml” file, add a “ImageButton” tag, and defined the background image via “android:src“.

File : res/layout/main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="fill_parent"
    android:orientation="vertical" >
 
    <ImageButton
        android:id="@+id/imageButton1"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:src="@drawable/android_button" />
 
</LinearLayout>

3. Code Code

Here’s the code, add a click listener on image button.

File : MyAndroidAppActivity.java

package com.mkyong.android;
 
import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.ImageButton;
import android.widget.Toast;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
 
public class MyAndroidAppActivity extends Activity {
 
	ImageButton imageButton;
 
	@Override
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.main);
 
		addListenerOnButton();
 
	}
 
	public void addListenerOnButton() {
 
		imageButton = (ImageButton) findViewById(R.id.imageButton1);
 
		imageButton.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {
 
			@Override
			public void onClick(View arg0) {
 
			   Toast.makeText(MyAndroidAppActivity.this,
				"ImageButton is clicked!", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
 
			}
 
		});
 
	}
 
}

4. Demo

Run the application.

1. Result, a button with a customized background image.

android imagebutton demo1

2. Click on the button, a short message is displayed.

android imagebutton demo2

Download Source Code

Download it – Android-ImageButton-Example.zip (28 KB)

References

  1. Android ImageButton example
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