[TUT] Rounded Corners Map View

This tutorial is pretty self explanatory.

Basically a nicer looking map view that has rounded corners.

This is a custom view that draws a map view then draws rounded corners over the top.

This works if your mapview goes to the edge of the screen I’ll be writing an update for MapViews that sit in the middle of an activity.

If your mapview is in the middle you will still get rounded corner’s but you will get a square outside border of the color of your choice, so if you make this match the background of your app, it’ll look great!

rounded MapView
MapView with rounded corners

First you want to create the custom map view, this is where the magic happens
I have commented to code to try and make it self explanatory:

package com.blundell.tut.ui.widget;
import android.content.Context;
import android.graphics.Bitmap;
import android.graphics.Canvas;
import android.graphics.Color;
import android.graphics.Paint;
import android.graphics.PorterDuff;
import android.graphics.PorterDuffXfermode;
import android.graphics.RectF;
import android.util.AttributeSet;
import android.widget.LinearLayout;
import com.google.android.maps.MapView;
public class RoundedMapView extends LinearLayout{
        private MapView mapView;
        private Bitmap windowFrame;
         * Creates a Google Map View with rounded corners
         * Constructor when created in XML
         * @param context
         * @param attrs
        public RoundedMapView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
                super(context, attrs);
         * Creates a Google Map View with rounded corners
         * Contructor when created in code
         * @param context
        public RoundedMapView(Context context) {
        private void init() {
                mapView = new MapView(getContext(), "yourApiKey");
        mapView.setLayoutParams(new LinearLayout.LayoutParams(LinearLayout.LayoutParams.FILL_PARENT, LinearLayout.LayoutParams.FILL_PARENT));
        // Whatever map specifics you want
        protected void dispatchDraw(Canvas canvas) {
                super.dispatchDraw(canvas); // Call super first (this draws the map) we then draw on top of it
                if(windowFrame == null){
                        createWindowFrame(); // Lazy creation of the window frame, this is needed as we don't know the width & height of the screen until draw time
                canvas.drawBitmap(windowFrame, 0, 0, null);
        protected void createWindowFrame() {
                windowFrame = Bitmap.createBitmap(getWidth(), getHeight(), Bitmap.Config.ARGB_8888); // Create a new image we will draw over the map
                Canvas osCanvas = new Canvas(windowFrame); // Create a   canvas to draw onto the new image
                RectF outerRectangle = new RectF(0, 0, getWidth(), getHeight());
                RectF innerRectangle = new RectF(10, 10, getWidth()-10, getHeight()-10);
                float cornerRadius = getWidth() / 18f; // The angle of your corners
                Paint paint = new Paint(Paint.ANTI_ALIAS_FLAG); // Anti alias allows for smooth corners
                paint.setColor(Color.BLACK); // This is the color of your activity background
                osCanvas.drawRect(outerRectangle, paint);
                paint.setColor(Color.RED); // An obvious color to help debugging
                paint.setXfermode(new PorterDuffXfermode(PorterDuff.Mode.SRC_OUT)); // A out B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alpha_compositing.svg
                osCanvas.drawRoundRect(innerRectangle, cornerRadius, cornerRadius, paint);
        protected void onLayout(boolean changed, int l, int t, int r, int b) {
                super.onLayout(changed, l, t, r, b);
                windowFrame = null; // If the layout changes null our frame so it can be recreated with the new width and height

You then need to add the view to your XML layout:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
   android:padding="10dip" >
       android:text="@string/hello" />
       android:layout_height="fill_parent" />

By the way don’t forget to add the permissions to your manifest.

I’d like to thank Eric Burke and his video found here that inspired me:

Here is the eclipse source code for the project:

—-> Rounded MapView Tut Source <---- If you find this helpful please say thanks Happy Coding And any questions just ask!

4 thoughts on “[TUT] Rounded Corners Map View

  1. I need the region you put as BLACK in the example ( the outer rectangle ) to be trasparent because my activity’s background is not solid color but it is au image. Any idea on how to achieve that?
    In a nutshell I’d have the region masked in order to be transparent.

    All the best

    1. I have the same situation that Francesco, i try you suggest but didn’t work. If replace the bitmap for a pitcure may be work ?? waht do you think.

      You can do an upate with background picture?

      Thanks and sorry for my english.

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