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Mastering Calendar View in Android: A Comprehensive Tutorial

Integrating a calendar widget into an Android application can be a crucial feature, especially when it comes to displaying and selecting dates. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at using the CalendarView class to implement and customize such a widget.

Embedding the Calendar Widget

To insert a CalendarView widget into the XML layout of our Android application, the following code is sufficient:


When running the application on a device, the current date is displayed by default. The CalendarView defaults to showing January 1, 1970. However, using the android:maxDate and android:minDate attributes, an individual time frame can be set. In Java, we use the setMaxDate() and setMinDate() methods, passing a long value to them.

Customizations and Event Handling

The display of the date and weekdays can be customized using the android:dateTextAppearance and android:weekTextAppearance attributes. Additionally, the CalendarView has an OnDateChangeListener, which is triggered every time the user selects a new date.

        calendarView.setOnDateChangeListener(new CalendarView.OnDateChangeListener() {
            public void onSelectedDayChange(@NonNull CalendarView calendarView, int i, int i1, int i2) {
                // Event handling here

Custom Adjustments and Functionalities

It’s also possible to add custom styles and functionalities to the CalendarView. For this, corresponding styles need to be defined in the styles.xml file. In the, various actions can then be implemented such as setting a custom range or changing the date with or without animation.


Integrating a CalendarView widget provides a user-friendly way to display and select dates in Android applications. By customizing styles and functionalities, the widget can be tailored to meet the requirements of the application.

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