[SOLVED] Android: Set margin to left side of radiobutton drawable

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I want to set a margin / padding between my radiobutton drawable and the left side of it, e.g: Setting a margin of 8dp between my radiobutton drawable and the left side of the screen. I know how to set a margin between the radiobutton itself, but not how to do it with the radiobutton drawable. I also know how to set a margin right side of the radiobutton drawable with paddngStart=”YOUR_PADDING”.

Is this possible?

Here a picture of what I mean:


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What I want

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The aboven written answer does work. For those wo want to set the value inside the layout and not programmatically, I have written a binding adapter:

fun setDrawableLeftPadding(view: CustomRadioButton, padding: Float) {

You can then use it inside your CustomRadioButton layout with app:setDrawableLeftPadding="@{8f}"


I you want to achieve the exact same on what your second picture shows, you can write a custom RadioButton that handle this padding, the custom view code can be like this (in Kotlin):

import android.content.Context
import android.graphics.Canvas
import android.util.AttributeSet
import androidx.appcompat.widget.AppCompatRadioButton

class CustomRadioButton : AppCompatRadioButton {

    // the value of your padding (in pixels) from the start of the radio button
    var startPadding: Int = 0
        set(value) {
            field = value

    constructor(context: Context?) : super(context)
    constructor(context: Context?, attrs: AttributeSet?) : super(context, attrs)
    constructor(context: Context?, attrs: AttributeSet?, defStyleAttr: Int) : super(

    fun setStartPaddingDp(paddingDp: Float) {
        startPaddingPx = (paddingDp * context.resources.displayMetrics.density).toInt()

    override fun onDraw(canvas: Canvas?) {
        // todo: handle Right-To-Left layouts
        canvas?.translate(startPadding.toFloat(), 0f)


    override fun onMeasure(widthMeasureSpec: Int, heightMeasureSpec: Int) {
        super.onMeasure(widthMeasureSpec, heightMeasureSpec)

        setMeasuredDimension(measuredWidth + startPadding, measuredHeight)

You can set the padding value by setting the value of the field startPadding, for example:

yourCustomRadioButton.startPadding = 100 // this value is in pixels

// or

yourCustomRadioButton.setStartPaddingDp(100) // this value is in DP

Answered By – mhdwajeeh.95

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