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Create Triangle Shape Using XML In Android

Here in this article lets how to create a triangle shape using XML shape. No images needed for this method. With few lines of code we can create a triangle shape with desired color.

Shape class only allows for creating rectangular and circular shapes. But with trick we can create triangle.

It is very useful if you want a pointer like images. I explain this because such an image is very common in many places.

Step 1. Create Triangle Shape Drawable

  • Create a file shape_triangle.xml under res/drawable
  • Copy Paste the content below Into Drawable File
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<layer-list xmlns:android="" >
        <rotate android:fromDegrees="45" android:toDegrees="45" android:pivotX="-40%" android:pivotY="87%" >
            <shape android:shape="rectangle" >
                <stroke android:color="#c6802a" android:width="10dp"/>
                <solid android:color="#c6802a" />

In the above code it will create a rectangular shape and rotates. When we add rectangular shape under it will rotate with given degree. Here rotation is from 45 degree to 45 degree. Also define x and y coordinates of pivot of the rectangle, this will hide rest of the portion of rectangle invisible and make shape triangle.

Step 2: Usage In Activity Layout XML

Set this shape as src of an ImageView in res/layout/activity_main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="" 
  android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" 

    android:src="@drawable/shape_triangle" />


Step 3. Run The Application


The rotation will decide whether this triangle will look like head down or head up fashion. This rotation can be set to any degree according to your requirement.

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