Android ProgressBar Example

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Welcome to Android ProgressBar Example. Today we’ll implement android ProgressBar in our application. There are two types of progress bars : Horizontal and Circular. We’ll create both of these progress bar in android application.

Android ProgressBar

Android ProgressBar is a graphical view indicator that shows some progress. Android progress bar displays a bar representing the completing of the task. Progress bar in android is useful since it gives the user an idea of time to finish its task.

Using a ProgressBar is a good user experience practice since it displays the status of progress of the given task (such as downloading an image) to the user.

Android ProgressBar attributes

Some important attributes used to describe a ProgressBar are given below.

  1. android:max : We can set the maximum value of the ProgressBar using this attribute. By default the progress bar maximum value is 100
  2. android:indeterminate : A boolean value is set depending on whether the time is determinate or not. Setting this attribute to false would show the actual progress. Else if it’s set to true a cyclic animation is displayed to show that progress is happening
  3. android:minHeight : It’s used to set the height of the ProgressBar
  4. android:minWidth : It’s used to set the width of the ProgressBar
  5. android:progress : It’s used to set the number by which the progress bar value will be incremented
  6. style : By default the progress bar will be displayed as a spinning wheel. If we want it to be displayed as a horizontal bar, we need to set the attribute as : style=”?android:attr/progressBarStyleHorizontal”

In this tutorial we’ll be creating a ProgressBar and increment its values by updating inside a thread. We’ll make the thread to sleep for 200 milliseconds after incrementing the values to show the progress slowly.

Android Progress Bar Example Project Structure

android progressbar, progress bar in android

This project consists of a single Activity and layout that contains both the type of Progress Bar.

Android Progress Bar Code

The activity_main.xml contains a RelativeLayout as the parent view which contains a Horizontal ProgressBar and a Circular one along with a TextView to display the progress in numeric terms.


<RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >

        android:progress="1" />

        android:layout_centerHorizontal="true" />



In the above layout, the horizontal progress bar values are updated by one as set in android:progress. The circular progress bar runs continuously unless the activity stops.

package com.journaldev.progressbar;

import android.os.Handler;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.ProgressBar;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    private ProgressBar progressBar;
    private int progressStatus = 0;
    private TextView textView;
    private Handler handler = new Handler();

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        progressBar = (ProgressBar) findViewById(;
        textView = (TextView) findViewById(;
        // Start long running operation in a background thread
        new Thread(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                while (progressStatus < 100) {
                    progressStatus += 1;
                    // Update the progress bar and display the
                    //current value in the text view
           Runnable() {
                        public void run() {
                    try {
                        // Sleep for 200 milliseconds.
                    } catch (InterruptedException e) {

In the above code the progressBar updates after every 200 milliseconds and the progress bar updates are set using setProgress(). A handler is used to run the background thread. The thread runs until the progressStatus value reaches 100.

The image given below displays the output of a single instance of our application.

android progressbar example, progress bar android

In this tutorial we’ve created a basic android ProgressBar. We have shown how to add a ProgressBar in a ProgressDialog in a later tutorial. You can download the final Android ProgressBar Project from the below link.

Reference: doc


  1. vs says:

    I am working on an android app and hope you could help me.
    In my main activity, I have a recyclerview and on click of an item it takes me to second activity and loads another recyclerview (to load the data, I have a thread that runs in the background and takes 2-5 second to load).
    So far this is working as expected. But when it loads I want to show a loading screen/progress bar which I am unable to add it.
    Any help or guidance is much appreciated.

  2. Mallika says:

    I am working in android to create a app for voter list .this is my first project any suggest to me

    1. DIkshant says:

      What Kind of support You Need.Describe the Problem you are facing

  3. Phil says:

    Awesome tut!

    Is it possible to make the progressbar itself bigger?

    1. Ishika Bajaj says:

      Yes, by setting its width and height in dp in XML file you can make it bigger.

  4. Edoardo Burderi says:

    Hello Anupam,

    I’m Edoardo Burderi from Italy, the application build completed succesfully but crashed immediately after run, I don’t know what happen.


    1. Giridhar says:

      Some NullPointerException Maybe. Just check it

  5. Vivek Bhavsar says:

    I am working on app which shows current light in the room by light sensor. It displays the amount of light in terms of lx. So, I want to show this amount of light on progressbar. As the light will increase or decrease, the progressbar should show progress according to it, Please tell me how to do this.

  6. DEEPTHI K says:

    Now that ProgressDialog is deprecated and we are asked to use ProgressBar instead, can you suggest how to include ProgressBar within an alert dialog/ modal dialog?

    1. Anupam says:

      Create a custom alert dialog view.

  7. Pj says:

    Thanks to your codes.

    1. Anupam says:

      Glad they were of help to you.

  8. Charan says:

    It’s good and I want to go-to next activity after 100 reached
    So where I have to set the intent code

  9. reyho0n says:

    thank u so mutch

  10. Eden says:

    thks for the tutorial!

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