How to dynamically change current Tab indicator background color in Kotlin

In this android kotlin source code example, we are going to dynamically change current Tab indicator background color in Kotlin.

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

Below is a step by step source code to dynamically change current Tab indicator background color in Kotlin.

activity_main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    tools:context=".Tab.TabActivity12">

    <com.google.android.material.tabs.TabLayout
        android:id="@+id/tabs"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:background="@color/material_blue_grey_800"
        app:tabGravity="fill"
        app:tabIndicatorColor="@color/colorPrimary"
        app:tabMode="scrollable"
        app:tabSelectedTextColor="@color/colorPrimary"
        app:tabTextColor="@color/white"
        app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent"/>

    <androidx.viewpager.widget.ViewPager
        android:id="@+id/viewpager"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        app:layout_constraintTop_toBottomOf="@id/tabs"/>

</androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout>

MainActivity.kt

import android.graphics.Color
import android.os.Bundle
import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity
import androidx.fragment.app.Fragment
import androidx.fragment.app.FragmentManager
import androidx.fragment.app.FragmentPagerAdapter
import androidx.viewpager.widget.ViewPager
import com.bluapp.kotlinview.R
import com.google.android.material.tabs.TabLayout
import com.google.android.material.tabs.TabLayout.OnTabSelectedListener


class TabActivity12 : AppCompatActivity() {
    private var tabLayout: TabLayout? = null
    private var viewPager: ViewPager? = null

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState)
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_tab12)
        tabLayout = findViewById(R.id.tabs) as TabLayout
        viewPager = findViewById(R.id.viewpager) as ViewPager
        viewPager!!.setAdapter(MyAdapter(supportFragmentManager))
        tabLayout!!.post(Runnable { tabLayout!!.setupWithViewPager(viewPager) })
        dynamicindicator()
    }

    private fun dynamicindicator() {
        tabLayout!!.addOnTabSelectedListener(object : OnTabSelectedListener {
            override fun onTabSelected(tab: TabLayout.Tab) {
                viewPager!!.currentItem = tab.position
                if (tab.position == 0) {
                    tabLayout!!.setSelectedTabIndicatorColor(Color.RED)
                } else if (tab.position == 1) {
                    tabLayout!!.setSelectedTabIndicatorColor(Color.BLUE)
                } else if (tab.position == 2) {
                    tabLayout!!.setSelectedTabIndicatorColor(Color.GREEN)
                } else if (tab.position == 3) {
                    tabLayout!!.setSelectedTabIndicatorColor(Color.YELLOW)
                } else {
                    tabLayout!!.setSelectedTabIndicatorColor(Color.GRAY)
                }
            }
            override fun onTabUnselected(tab: TabLayout.Tab) {}
            override fun onTabReselected(tab: TabLayout.Tab) {}
        })
    }


    private inner class MyAdapter(fm: FragmentManager?) : FragmentPagerAdapter(fm!!, FragmentPagerAdapter.BEHAVIOR_RESUME_ONLY_CURRENT_FRAGMENT) {
        private val int_items = 5;

        override fun getItem(position: Int): Fragment {
            var fragment: Fragment? = null
            when (position) {
                0 -> fragment = TabFragment()
                1 -> fragment = TabFragment()
                2 -> fragment = TabFragment()
                3 -> fragment = TabFragment()
                4 -> fragment = TabFragment()
            }
            return fragment!!
        }

        override fun getCount(): Int {
            return int_items
        }

        override fun getPageTitle(position: Int): CharSequence? {
            when (position) {
                0 -> return "TabLayout1"
                1 -> return "TabLayout2"
                2 -> return "TabLayout3"
                3 -> return "TabLayout4"
                4 -> return "TabLayout5"
            }
            return null
        }
    }
}

fragment_tab.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    tools:context=".Tab.TabFragment">

    <TextView
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:text="TabFragment"
        android:textSize="20sp"
        app:layout_constraintStart_toStartOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintEnd_toEndOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintBottom_toBottomOf="parent"/>


</androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout>

TabFragment.kt

import android.os.Bundle
import androidx.fragment.app.Fragment
import android.view.LayoutInflater
import android.view.View
import android.view.ViewGroup

import com.bluapp.kotlinview.R

class TabFragment : Fragment() {


    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState)

    }

    override fun onCreateView(inflater: LayoutInflater, container: ViewGroup?, savedInstanceState: Bundle?): View? {
        // Inflate the layout for this fragment
        return inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_tab, container, false)
    }
}

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