Easiest way to code Navigation Drawer In Kotlin Android !

Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference. Kotlin is designed to interoperate fully with Java, and the JVM version of its standard library depends on the Java Class Library

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Also it is the official language for android.

In this post, we will make a navigation drawer in android. The navigation drawer is a panel that slides out from the left of the screen and contains a range of options available for selection by the user, typically intended to facilitate navigation to some other part of the application.

Here is an Example.

Navigation Drawer in Kotlin Android CODE


Create a New Android Project with Kotlin support.


We need to change our style because we have to implement our own toolbar. Add the below style open your styles.xml file and add this 1 new style. You can find styles.xml in- app => res => values => styles.xml


To make navigation Drawer we don’t need any dependency but to make it look beautiful we will use Material UI dependency.

//Add in Build.gradle(app) //Change dependency according to latest version. dependencies { implementation 'com.google.android.material:material:1.1.0' }



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This is the header file which is shown below


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="200dp" android:background="#4CAF50" android:orientation="vertical" android:gravity="bottom" android:paddingLeft="15dp" android:paddingBottom="15dp"> <ImageView android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" app:srcCompat="@mipmap/ic_launcher" android:id="@+id/imageView" android:layout_marginBottom="15dp"/> <TextView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Title" android:textColor="#FFFFFF" android:textStyle="bold"/> <TextView android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="This is our navigation drawer" android:textColor="#FFFFFF"/> </LinearLayout>

We can write the code for content_main.xml in activity_main.xml also but we make a separate layout to keep the activity_main.xml clean. So in content_main.xml, we will just have a FrameLayout.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent"> <com.google.android.material.appbar.AppBarLayout android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:theme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar"> <androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar android:id="@+id/toolbar" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="?attr/actionBarSize" android:background="?attr/colorPrimary" app:popupTheme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light"> <FrameLayout android:id = "@+id/main_fragment" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" > </LinearLayout> </androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar> </com.google.android.material.appbar.AppBarLayout> <LinearLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical"> <TextView android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="This is my content area."/> </LinearLayout> </LinearLayout>

In activity_main.xml

AppBarLayout is a ViewGroup, most commonly used to wrap a Toolbar, that provides many of the Material Design features. Inside Toolbar we can design our action bar now as we want.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <androidx.drawerlayout.widget.DrawerLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools" android:id="@+id/drawer_layout" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:fitsSystemWindows="true" tools:openDrawer="start"> <include layout="@layout/content_main" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent"/> <com.google.android.material.navigation.NavigationView android:id="@+id/nav_view" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_gravity="start" android:fitsSystemWindows="true" app:headerLayout="@layout/nav_header" app:menu="@menu/nav_menu"/> </androidx.drawerlayout.widget.DrawerLayout>

As you can see, the layouts that will contain our navigation drawer must have a DrawerLayout as a parent view. our other UI design codes will be inside this. Here include tag is used to grab all the views from another layout resource file.

Thats why, to make our codes clean, we’ll put all other designs including custom action bar in our content_main.xml file.

And at the bottom of our DrawerLayout, we used the NavigationView which actually generates the navigation drawer. For using this view we implemented the library before called com.google.android.material:material:1.1.0

The NavigationView mainly contains two things, one is the headerLayout for designing the header section of our Navigation Drawer, and the other is the menu which will display the listed options in our Navigation Drawer.

For designing our header layout we created a layout resource file “ nav_header.xml” and a menu resource file “ nav_menu.xml “ for creating the list options.


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Now we will create our menu file i.e. — nav_menu.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <menu xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"> <group> <item android:id="@+id/nav_profile" android:icon="@drawable/ic_profile" android:title="Profile"/> <item android:id="@+id/nav_messages" android:icon="@drawable/ic_messages" android:title="Messages"/> <item android:id="@+id/nav_friends" android:icon="@drawable/ic_friends" android:title="Friends"/> </group> <item android:title="Account Settings"> <menu> <item android:id="@+id/nav_update" android:icon="@drawable/ic_update" android:title="Update Profile"/> <item android:id="@+id/nav_logout" android:icon="@drawable/ic_signout" android:title="Sign Out"/> </menu> </item> </menu>If you look at the above code, I created a menu using menu, item, and group.menu which is the root element and it can have sub child's/sub elements like item and group.

This is menu items .

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The important thing here is android: icon, here you should use vector icons. To add vector icons, right-click on app => New => Vector Asset

Now we will implement MainActivity.kt

package com.jayant.navigationdrawer import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity import android.os.Bundle import android.view.MenuItem import android.widget.Toast import androidx.appcompat.app.ActionBarDrawerToggle import androidx.appcompat.widget.Toolbar import androidx.core.view.GravityCompat import androidx.drawerlayout.widget.DrawerLayout import com.google.android.material.navigation.NavigationView class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity(), NavigationView.OnNavigationItemSelectedListener { lateinit var toolbar: Toolbar lateinit var drawerLayout: DrawerLayout lateinit var navView: NavigationView override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState) setContentView(R.layout.activity_main) toolbar = findViewById(R.id.toolbar) setSupportActionBar(toolbar) drawerLayout = findViewById(R.id.drawer_layout) navView = findViewById(R.id.nav_view) val toggle = ActionBarDrawerToggle( this, drawerLayout, toolbar, 0, 0 ) drawerLayout.addDrawerListener(toggle) toggle.syncState() navView.setNavigationItemSelectedListener(this) } override fun onNavigationItemSelected(item: MenuItem): Boolean { when (item.itemId) { R.id.nav_profile -> { Toast.makeText(this, "Profile clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() } R.id.nav_messages -> { Toast.makeText(this, "Messages clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() } R.id.nav_friends -> { Toast.makeText(this, "Friends clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() } R.id.nav_update -> { Toast.makeText(this, "Update clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() } R.id.nav_logout -> { Toast.makeText(this, "Sign out clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() } } drawerLayout.closeDrawer(GravityCompat.START) return true } }

Let me make the code little clear now.

  1. Current Activity context
  2. DrawerLayout variable
  3. Toolbar variable
  4. Drawer open description message via Resource string
  5. Drawer close description message via Resource string

ActionBarDrawerToggle is for displaying an drawer indicator in the appbar which needs 5 arguments.

Then we added the ActionBarDrawerToggle into our DrawerLayout view and synced it. Now it will display a drawer indicator in our app bar.

Also, we will need to detect user’s interaction with the listed options in the Navigation Drawer. for this, we’ll need to implement a listener into our class using NavigationView.OnNavigationItemSelectedListener, this will allow us to override onNavigationItemSelected(item: MenuItem) function. Inside this function, we can set what will happen after clicking which option.

Now Run the application and see the result

That’s all Folks!!

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