CardView

CardView uses real elevation and dynamic shadows on Lollipop (API 21) and above. However, before Lollipop CardView falls back to a programmatic shadow implementation.

If trying to make an ImageView fit within the rounded corners of a CardView, you may notice it does not look correct pre-Lollipop (API 21). To fix this you should call setPreventCornerOverlap(false) on your CardView, or add app:cardPreventCornerOverlap="false" to your layout.

Before using the CardView you have to add the support library dependency in the build.gradle file:

dependencies{
    compile 'com.android.support:cardview-v7:25.2.0'
}

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Official Documentation:

https://developer.android.com/reference/android/support/v7/widget/CardView.html https://developer.android.com/training/material/lists-cards.html

A FrameLayout with a rounded corner background and shadow.

CardView uses elevation property on Lollipop for shadows and falls back to a custom emulated shadow implementation on older platforms.

Due to expensive nature of rounded corner clipping, on platforms before Lollipop, CardView does not clip its children that intersect with rounded corners. Instead, it adds padding to avoid such intersection (See setPreventCornerOverlap(boolean) to change this behavior).

Getting Started with CardView

CardView is a member of the Android Support Library, and provides a layout for cards.

To add CardView to your project, add the following line to your build.gradle dependencies.

compile 'com.android.support:cardview-v7:25.1.1'

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In your layout you can then add the following to get a card.

<android.support.v7.widget.CardView
        xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content">

        <!-- one child layout containing other layouts or views -->     

</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>

You can then add other layouts inside this and they will be encompassed in a card.

Also, CardView can be populated with any UI element and manipulated from code.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<android.support.v7.widget.CardView
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:id="@+id/card_view"
    android:layout_margin="5dp"
    card_view:cardBackgroundColor="#81C784"
    card_view:cardCornerRadius="12dp"
    card_view:cardElevation="3dp"
    card_view:contentPadding="4dp" >

    <RelativeLayout
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:padding="16dp" >

        <ImageView
            android:layout_width="100dp"
            android:layout_height="100dp"
            android:id="@+id/item_image"
            android:layout_alignParentLeft="true"
            android:layout_alignParentTop="true"
            android:layout_marginRight="16dp"
            />

        <TextView
            android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:id="@+id/item_title"
            android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/item_image"
            android:layout_alignParentTop="true"
            android:textSize="30sp"
            />

        <TextView
            android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:id="@+id/item_detail"
            android:layout_toRightOf="@+id/item_image"
            android:layout_below="@+id/item_title"
            />

    </RelativeLayout>
</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>

Customizing the CardView

CardView provides a default elevation and corner radius so that cards have a consistent appearance across the platforms.

You can customize these default values using these attributes in the xml file:

  1. card_view:cardElevation attribute add elevation in CardView.
  2. card_view:cardBackgroundColor attribute is used to customize background color of CardView's background(you can give any color).
  3. card_view:cardCornerRadius attribute is used to curve 4 edges of CardView
  4. card_view:contentPadding attribute add padding between card and children of card

Note: card_view is a namespace defined in topmost parent layout view. xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"

Here an example:

<android.support.v7.widget.CardView
        xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        card_view:cardElevation="4dp"
        card_view:cardBackgroundColor="@android:color/white"
        card_view:cardCornerRadius="8dp"
        card_view:contentPadding="16dp">

        <!-- one child layout containing other layouts or views -->     

</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>

You can also do it programmatically using:

card.setCardBackgroundColor(....);
card.setCardElevation(...);
card.setRadius(....);
card.setContentPadding();

Check the official javadoc for additional properties.

Adding Ripple animation

To enable the ripple animation in a CardView, add the following attributes:

<android.support.v7.widget.CardView
  ...
  android:clickable="true"
  android:foreground="?android:attr/selectableItemBackground">
  ...
</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>

Using Images as Background in CardView (Pre-Lollipop device issues)

While using Image/Colour as an background in a CardView, You might end up with slight white paddings (If default Card colour is white) on the edges. This occurs due to the default rounded corners in the Card View. Here is how to avoid those margins in Pre-lollipop devices.

We need to use an attribute card_view:cardPreventCornerOverlap="false" in the CardView. 1). In XML use the following snippet.

<android.support.v7.widget.CardView
    xmlns:card_view="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    card_view:cardPreventCornerOverlap="false"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"> 
      <ImageView
            android:id="@+id/row_wallet_redeem_img"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="match_parent"
            android:adjustViewBounds="true"
            android:scaleType="centerCrop"
            android:src="@drawable/bg_image" />

</android.support.v7.widget.CardView>
  1. In Java like this cardView.setPreventCornerOverlap(false).

Doing so removes an unwanted padding on the Card's edges. Here are some visual examples related to this implementation.

1 Card with image background in API 21 (perfectly fine)

2 Card with image background in API 19 without attribute (notice the paddings around image)

3 FIXED Card with image background in API 19 with attribute cardView.setPreventCornerOverlap(false) (Issue now fixed)

Also read about this on Documentation here
Original SOF post here

Animate CardView background color with TransitionDrawable

public void setCardColorTran(CardView card) {
    ColorDrawable[] color = {new ColorDrawable(Color.BLUE), new ColorDrawable(Color.RED)};
    TransitionDrawable trans = new TransitionDrawable(color);
    if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT > Build.VERSION_CODES.ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH_MR1) {
        card.setBackground(trans);
    } else {
        card.setBackgroundDrawable(trans);
    }
    trans.startTransition(5000);
}