How to draw a rectangle in Android (using onDraw method of View)

Android FAQ: How do I draw a rectangle in Android?

To draw a rectangle in Android you’ll need to create your own View, i.e., a class that extends the Android View class. For example, this CustomView shows how to extend a View and then use the Rect and Paint classes along with the onDraw method to draw a rectangle:

package com.alvinalexander.rectangledemo;

import android.content.Context;
import android.view.View;

public class CustomView extends View {
    private Rect rectangle;
    private Paint paint;

    public CustomView(Context context) {
        int x = 50;
        int y = 50;
        int sideLength = 200;
        // create a rectangle that we'll draw later
        rectangle = new Rect(x, y, sideLength, sideLength);

        // create the Paint and set its color        
        paint = new Paint();

    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
        canvas.drawRect(rectangle, paint);


Now all you have to do is use this CustomView in your Activity:

package com.alvinalexander.rectangledemo;

import android.os.Bundle;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        setContentView(new CustomView(this));


If you set this as the main Activity of your Android application and then run it in an emulator, it should look like this:

In summary, if you wanted to see how to draw a rectangle in Android, I hope this is helpful.



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