In this tutorial, we’ll be implementing Constraint Layout Animations in our Android Application.

Constraint Layout Animation

We can create beautiful animations using ConstraintLayout quickly. To do so, we need to just change constraints!

The most common and easy way to create Constraint Layout animations in by creating two different layouts.
One is the start stage of the animation and the second is the end stage of the animation.

Constraint Set is the class used to set constraints on the views of the Constraint Layout.


ConstraintSet is the class that is used to define constraints programmatically on the Constraint Layout.
It can also retrieve the constraints present in the Constraint Layout by using clone() method.

clone() method is used to copy the constraints from the layout.

applyTo() is used to apply a constraint set onto the Constraint Layout.

A ConstraintSet is created just like any other Java object:

To set constraints on the views programmatically, we need to use connect().

connect() establishes connections between sibling views or a view and the parent view.

To create a ConstraintLayout animation we need:

TransitionManager – To manage the transitions.
beginDelayedTransition() – To start the transition from the first scene to second scene(first layout to the second layout).

applyTo() – To apply the final constraints on the second layout.

That means you need to create duplicate XML layouts with the difference being the constraints.
The first layout should show constraints at the initial stage of the transition.
The second layout should show the constraints after the animation.This way the transition occurs!You need not set attributes and styles in the duplicated XML. It will be automatically captured from the first.

To use ConstraintSet, every view in the XML layout must have an ID.

Enough talk! Let’s code.

Project Structure

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The code for the activity_main.xml layout is given below:

The code for the drawable input_field.xml can be found in the source code/github repo present at the end of this tutorial.

Android Constraint Layout Animation With Examples

The code for the final activity_main_animated.xml layout is :

android constraint animation layout 2

The code for the is given below:

Inside the TransitionManager we’ve set an interpolator class which has a predefined behaviour.

The output of the above application in action is given below:

android constraint animation output

This brings an end to this tutorial. You can download the project from the link below:

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