How to change Navigation Drawer menu item text color in Android

In this android programming source code example, we are going to change text color of menu item in android navigation drawer.

You can copy and adopt this source code example to your android project without reinventing the wheel.

Below is a step by step source code to change text color of menu item in android navigation drawer.

activity_main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent">

    <android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar
        android:id="@+id/toolbar"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:background="@color/colorPrimary"
        android:theme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar" />

    <android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout
        android:id="@+id/drawerLayout"
        android:layout_height="match_parent"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_below="@id/toolbar">

        <TextView
            android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:text="Navigation Drawer"
            android:gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical"/>

        <android.support.design.widget.NavigationView
            android:id="@+id/shitstuff"
            android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="match_parent"
            android:layout_gravity="start"
            app:headerLayout="@layout/drawer_header"
            app:menu="@menu/drawermenu" />

    </android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout>

</RelativeLayout>

MainActivity.java

import android.content.res.ColorStateList;
import android.graphics.Color;
import android.support.design.widget.NavigationView;
import android.support.v4.widget.DrawerLayout;
import android.support.v7.app.ActionBarDrawerToggle;
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar;


public class NavigationViewActivity6 extends AppCompatActivity{
    private DrawerLayout mDrawerLayout;
 
    private NavigationView mNavigationView;

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_navigation_view6);
        Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(R.id.toolbar);
        setSupportActionBar(toolbar);
        mDrawerLayout = (DrawerLayout) findViewById(R.id.drawerLayout);
        mNavigationView = (NavigationView) findViewById(R.id.shitstuff) ;
        mNavigationView.setItemTextColor(ColorStateList.valueOf(Color.RED));

        ActionBarDrawerToggle mDrawerToggle = new ActionBarDrawerToggle(this,mDrawerLayout, toolbar,R.string.app_name, R.string.app_name);

        mDrawerLayout.addDrawerListener(mDrawerToggle);

        mDrawerToggle.syncState();
    }
}

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