Best Android Dialog Libraries 2021

Best Android Dialog Libraries this year.

Because am always creating apps every week, I tend to use lots of third party libraries. It saves me plenty of time and enables me stay productive by focusing on what my clients and students need. I therefore tend to research libraries and try them out. Sometimes you get great libraries that work, sometimes great-looking ones that don’t work. Sometimes you have to do a pull request on an unmaintained library,update it and make it work.  Today I want to list out the libraries I think are the best in the planet, when it comes to android dialogs.

What Are Dialogs?

Android Dialogs are important when you want to show messages to users in an interactive way. The alternative is showing toasts messages but such messages get auto-dismissed thus leaving you with no way of knowing where the message went through. A dialog blocks the current view ensuring that the user has to respond.

Here are some usages of dialogs:

  1. Showing blocking messages with buttons.
  2. Providing input interface, where the dialog has an edittext and buttons.
  3. Choice dialogs can be used for choosing an item. The dialog can be either single or multiple choice dialog.

Dialogs typically get dismissed if you click an area outside the dialog. However in some cases you can prevent this behavior. For example, when creating Termima- A Terms and Definitions app, I was using a custom lovely dialog to input terms and definitions. It was a single page app and I didn’t want the user to loose all he/she’s typed just by accidentally clicking outside the dialog, therefore I overrode this behavior(of the dialog getting dismissed) to make the app more user friendly.

    /**
     * This method will:
     * 1. Create our input dialog. We can use this dialog for either update or delete
     *
     * @param forEdit
     */
    private void createCustomDialog(Boolean forEdit, Term t) {
        Term term = forEdit ? t : new Term();
        LovelyCustomDialog d = new LovelyCustomDialog(this);
        d.setTopColorRes(R.color.colorPrimary)
                .setView(R.layout.dialog_edit)
                .setTitle("Terms Editor")
                .setTitleGravity(Gravity.CENTER_HORIZONTAL)
                .setMessage("Enter term and meaning and click save")
                .setMessageGravity(Gravity.CENTER_HORIZONTAL)
                .setIcon(R.drawable.flip_page)
                .setCancelable(false)
                .configureView(rootView -> {
                    termTxt = rootView.findViewById(R.id.termTxt);
                    meaningTxt = rootView.findViewById(R.id.meaningTxt);
                    Button saveBtn = rootView.findViewById(R.id.saveBtn);

                    saveBtn.setText(forEdit ? "UPDATE" : "ADD");
                    termTxt.setText(forEdit ? term.getTerm() : "");
                    meaningTxt.setText(forEdit ? term.getMeaning() : "");

                    saveBtn.setOnClickListener(view -> {
                        term.setTerm(termTxt.getText().toString());
                        term.setMeaning(meaningTxt.getText().toString());
                        term.setDate(mv.SELECTED_DATE);
                        if (forEdit) {
                            mv.update(MainActivity.this, term);
                            d.dismiss();
                        } else {
                            mv.insert(MainActivity.this, term);
                        }
                    });
                })
                .setListener(R.id.cancelBtn, view -> d.dismiss())
                .show();
    }

In that app I was using LovelyDialog which we will also look at here.

Here are the best libraries I have found in github.

NB/= Am not listing this libraries in order of their quality or rating. These are open source libraries and it’s unfair to try to judge the work done by other developers. Moreover \best\ is subjective.

(a). MaterialDialogs

A beautiful, fluid, and extensible dialogs API for Kotlin & Android.

From the image above you can see that this library provides a variety of dialog types. From one dialog library you get:

  1. Info Dialogs
  2. Input dialogs
  3. Choice dialogs
  4. DatePickers
  5. BottomSheet dialogs
  6. Color dialogs.
  7. File Dialogs.

I may use it for my next project because the one I normally use(LovelyDialogs) doesn’t include all the above. Moreover the dialogs are separated in modules implying you install only the module you want.

Installation

You install the material dialogs by first specifying the core module:

dependencies {
  ...
  implementation 'com.afollestad.material-dialogs:core:3.3.0'
}

Then the pariticular dialog:

dependencies {
  ...
  implementation 'com.afollestad.material-dialogs:input:3.3.0'
}

Usage

How do you Use Material Dialogs?

For example you can create and show the input dialog as follows:

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input()
  positiveButton(R.string.submit)
}

Then obtain the text value as follows:

val dialog: MaterialDialog = // ...
val inputField: EditText = dialog.getInputField()

Mmmh! Quite clean.

For example say you want to receive a callback every time the positive button is clicked so that you get the entered text:

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input { dialog, text ->
      // Text submitted with the action button
  }
  positiveButton(R.string.submit)
}

If you want to receive a callback everytime the textfield is modified you use the waitForPositiveButton:

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input(waitForPositiveButton = false) { dialog, text ->
      // Text changed
  }
  positiveButton(R.string.done)
}

To set hint to the dialog edittext

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input(hint = "Your Hint Text")
}

To customize the input types of the dialog edittext:

val type = InputType.TYPE_CLASS_TEXT or
  InputType.TYPE_TEXT_VARIATION_EMAIL_ADDRESS

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input(inputType = type)
}

To set maximum length on the edittext:

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input(maxLength = 8)
  positiveButton(R.string.submit)
}

To do custom validation on the dialog edittexts:

MaterialDialog(this).show {
  input(waitForPositiveButton = false) { dialog, text ->
    val inputField = dialog.getInputField()
    val isValid = text.startsWith("a", true)

    inputField?.error = if (isValid) null else "Must start with an 'a'!"
    dialog.setActionButtonEnabled(POSITIVE, isValid)
  }
  positiveButton(R.string.submit)
}

Read more here.

(b). LovelyDialogs

This library is a set of simple wrapper classes that are aimed to help you easily create fancy material dialogs.

I have been using this simple library extensively and it has never failed me. It gives you exactly what you want. It’s very straight forward to use and while it’s not updated that regularly, it works flawlessly.

It doesn’t subclass any Dialog related classes, it is just a lightweight extensible wrapper for Dialog and manipulations with custom view.

Here are the dialog types you get from this library:

  1. LovelyStandardDialog
  2. LovelyInfoDialog
  3. LovelyTextInputDialog
  4. LovelyChoiceDialog
  5. LovelyProgressDialog
  6. LovelyCustomDialog

Installation

Here is how you install LovelyDialogs

implementation 'com.yarolegovich:lovely-dialog:1.1.0'

Usage Examples

For example here is how you create a lovely standard dialog:

new LovelyStandardDialog(this, LovelyStandardDialog.ButtonLayout.VERTICAL)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.indigo)
      .setButtonsColorRes(R.color.darkDeepOrange)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_star_border_white_36dp)
      .setTitle(R.string.rate_title)
      .setMessage(R.string.rate_message)
      .setPositiveButton(android.R.string.ok, new View.OnClickListener() {
          @Override
          public void onClick(View v) {
              Toast.makeText(context, "positive clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
          }
      })
      .setNegativeButton(android.R.string.no, null)
      .show();

And if you want to show an info dialog with scrollable content, and  provide "Don’t Show Again" option:

new LovelyInfoDialog(this)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.darkBlueGrey)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_info_outline_white_36dp)
      //This will add Don't show again checkbox to the dialog. You can pass any ID as argument
      .setNotShowAgainOptionEnabled(0)
      .setNotShowAgainOptionChecked(true)
      .setTitle(R.string.info_title)
      .setMessage(R.string.info_message)
      .show();

Normally in my projects, I always like showing single choice dialogs to allow users to select categories. Here is how LovelyDialogs enables usage of single choice dialogs:

ArrayAdapter adapter = new DonationAdapter(this, loadDonationOptions());
new LovelyChoiceDialog(this)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.darkGreen)
      .setTitle(R.string.donate_title)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_local_atm_white_36dp)
      .setMessage(R.string.donate_message)
      .setItems(adapter, new LovelyChoiceDialog.OnItemSelectedListener() {
           @Override
           public void onItemSelected(int position, DonationOption item) {
               Toast.makeText(context, getString(R.string.you_donated, item.amount),Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
           }
      })
      .show();

If am creating something like a news app, I like using multi-choice dialogs for selection of tags, suppose the tags are pre-defined:

String[] items = getResources().getStringArray(R.array.food);
new LovelyChoiceDialog(this, R.style.CheckBoxTintTheme)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.darkRed)
      .setTitle(R.string.order_food_title)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_food_white_36dp)
      .setItemsMultiChoice(items, new LovelyChoiceDialog.OnItemsSelectedListener() {
          @Override
          public void onItemsSelected(List positions, List items) {
              Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this,
                      getString(R.string.you_ordered, TextUtils.join("\n", items)),
                      Toast.LENGTH_SHORT)
                      .show();
          }
      })
      .setConfirmButtonText(R.string.confirm)
      .show();

LovelyDialogs also provides the option inputing texts via LovelyTextInputDialog

new LovelyTextInputDialog(this, R.style.EditTextTintTheme)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.darkDeepOrange)
      .setTitle(R.string.text_input_title)
      .setMessage(R.string.text_input_message)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_assignment_white_36dp)
      .setInputFilter(R.string.text_input_error_message, new LovelyTextInputDialog.TextFilter() {
          @Override
          public boolean check(String text) {
              return text.matches("\\w+");
          }
      })
      .setConfirmButton(android.R.string.ok, new LovelyTextInputDialog.OnTextInputConfirmListener() {
           @Override
           public void onTextInputConfirmed(String text) {
              Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
           }
      })
      .show();

Well there is also the progress dialog if you want to show some message for example when connecting to the server:

new LovelyProgressDialog(this)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_cast_connected_white_36dp)
      .setTitle(R.string.connecting_to_server)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.teal)
      .show();

You can also create a custom dialog based on LovelyDialogs:

new LovelyCustomDialog(this)
      .setView(R.layout.item_donate_option)
      .setTopColorRes(R.color.darkDeepOrange)
      .setTitle(R.string.text_input_title)
      .setMessage(R.string.text_input_message)
      .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_assignment_white_36dp)
      .configureView(/* ... */)
      .setListener(R.id.ld_btn_yes, /* ... */)
      .setInstanceStateManager(/* ... */)
      .show();

Read more here.

(c). MaterialStyledDialogs

Android Library that shows a beautiful and customizable Material designed dialog with header.

The author was inspired by this dribble.

Installation

This library is hosted in jitpack, hence the first thing is to  register it in your root level build.gradle:

repositories {
    jcenter()
    maven {
        url "https://jitpack.io"
    }
}

The library has been recently updated to support androidx. Here is how you install it:

dependencies {
    implementation 'com.github.javiersantos:MaterialStyledDialogs:3.0.1'
}

Usage Examples

This library is very simple to use. For example to create a dialog with title,description and header:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .show()

Or if you want to obtain the dialog reference for manipulation later:

val dialog = MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .build()
dialog.show()

To set a style:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setStyle(Style.HEADER_WITH_ICON)
    .show()

To set an icon:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setIcon(R.drawable.ic_launcher)
    .show()

To set custom header color:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setHeaderColor(R.color.dialog_header)
    .show()

To use an image as the header background:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setHeaderDrawable(R.drawable.header)
    .show()

To add a grey overlay to the header background:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setHeaderDrawable(R.drawable.header)
    .withDarkerOverlay(true)
    .show()

To animate the icons in the dialog:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .withIconAnimation(true)
    .setIconAnimation(R.anim.your_animation)
    .show()

To animate dialog itself:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .withDialogAnimation(true)
    .show()

To add button callbacks:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setPositiveText(R.string.button)
    .onPositive { Log.d("MaterialStyledDialogs", "Do something!"); }
    .show()

To obtain the buttons outside the builder:

val dialog = MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("This is a sample description.")
    .show()

dialog.positiveButton().text = "Positive"
dialog.negativeButton().text = "Negative"

If you want to disable cancelation of the dialog when the user clicks outside the dialog:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setCancelable(false)
    .show()

To add a custom view to the dialog:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("What can we improve? Your feedback is always welcome.")
    .setCustomView(your_custom_view)
    .show()

To make the content scrollable:

MaterialStyledDialog.Builder(this)
    .setTitle("Awesome!")
    .setDescription("A loooooooooong looooooooooong really loooooooooong content. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam pulvinar sem nibh, et efficitur massa mattis eget. Phasellus condimentum ligula.")
    .setScrollable(true)
    .show()

Read more here.

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