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Introduction to Creating Android Buttons with Kotlin and XML

Explore the art of creating Android buttons using Kotlin and XML in our latest blog post. Learn how to create interactive buttons and implement custom click handlers with simple steps. Dive into the world of Android development and enhance your app with appealing user interfaces!

Overview of Android Buttons

The Android Button is a UI component designed to receive user interactions to trigger an action within the application. A button can be created both in the XML layout and in the Kotlin Activity class within the Android Studio project.

Creating a Button in XML Layout

A button can be created in the XML layout as follows:

        android:text="Androidly Button"/>

Button Click Listeners

There are two main types of button listeners:

  1. setOnClickListener: triggered when a button is clicked.
  2. setOnLongClickListener: triggered when a button is pressed for a longer duration.

Android Button with Kotlin

We will develop an application that increments the counter of a TextView upon clicking a button. For this, we will utilize Kotlin and various button click handlers.

Project Structure

Create a new Android Studio project and ensure that Kotlin support is enabled. The project structure should look like this:

Kotlin Button Code

The activity_main.layout file looks like this:

        <LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

        android:textColor="#000" />

        android:text="@string/increment_by_one" />


The addOne(view: View) function is defined in the MainActivity.kt class.

Key Points:

  • The* statement automatically retrieves the view IDs from the XML in our class.
  • The addOne(view: View) function is triggered when btnIncrementByOne is clicked.
  • A button can be programmatically created and inserted into the parent view (LinearLayout here).
  • Instead of calling member functions on the Button class, we can use the apply{} lambda expression.

With these steps, you can seamlessly implement a button in your Android app and control user interactions. Happy coding!

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