[Solved] Set transparent background of an imageview on Android

I am using a web view in which I am adding an image view. How can I set the background of this image view to transparent?

I have tried this:


Where trans ? <color name="trans">#00000000 </color>.

Enquirer: mudit


Solution #1:

In your XML set the Background attribute to any colour, White(#FFFFFF) shade or Black(#000000) shade. If you want transparency, just put 80 before the actual hash code:


This will change any colour you want to a transparent one.. πŸ™‚

Respondent: Harshad

Solution #2:

You can set the background transparent of any layout, any view, or any component by adding this code in XML:

Respondent: Chirag Patel

Solution #3:

In addition to what Harshad mentioned:

Two hexadecimal characters can be appended to any hexadecimal color code. The first two characters in an 8-digit hex color code represents its opacity in Android.

The two hexadecimal characters can range from 00 to FF. For example,

  • Normal opaque black hex- “#000000”
  • Fully transparent – “#00000000”
  • Fully opaque – “#FF000000”
  • 50% transparent – “#7F000000”

This way you can change any color to any level of transparency.

To find the hexadecimal prefix from a percentage:

Divide the percentage number by 100 and multiply by 255 to get the decimal value. Convert the decimal to hexadecimal here.

For example, for 50%, 50/100 * 255 = 127. Using the link we get hexadecimal value 7F.

Source: Android: how to create a transparent or opaque background

Respondent: Aaron

Solution #4:

If you want to add 20% or 30% transparency, you should pre-pend two more characters to the hexadecimal code, like CC.


android:background="#CCFF0088" in XML

where CC is the alpha value, FF is the red factor, 00 is the green factor, and 88 is the blue factor.

Some opacity code:

Hex Opacity Values

100% β€” FF
95% β€” F2
90% β€” E6
85% β€” D9
80% β€” CC
75% β€” BF
70% β€” B3
65% β€” A6
60% β€” 99
55% β€” 8C
50% β€” 80
45% β€” 73
40% β€” 66
35% β€” 59
30% β€” 4D
25% β€” 40
20% β€” 33
15% β€” 26
10% β€” 1A
5%  β€” 0D
0% β€”  00

You can also set opacity programmatically like:


Set opacity between 0 (fully transparent) to 255 (completely opaque). The 127.5 is exactly 50%.

You can create any level of transparency using the given formula. If you want half transparent:

 16 |128          Where 128 is the half of 256.
    |8 -0         So it means 80 is half transparent.

And for 25% transparency:

16 |64            Where 64 is the quarter of 256.
   |4 -0          So it means 40 is quarter transparent.
Respondent: AndroidGeek

Solution #5:

Use the below code for black:

<color name="black">#000000</color>

Now if you want to use opacity then you can use the below code:

<color name="black">#99000000</color>

And the below for opacity code:

100% β€” FF
95% β€” F2
90% β€” E6
85% β€” D9
80% β€” CC
75% β€” BF
70% β€” B3
65% β€” A6
60% β€” 99
55% β€” 8C
50% β€” 80
45% β€” 73
40% β€” 66
35% β€” 59
30% β€” 4D
25% β€” 40
20% β€” 33
15% β€” 26
10% β€” 1A
5% β€” 0D
0% β€” 00

Solution #6:

There is already a predefined constant. Use Color.TRANSPARENT.

Solution #7:

There is already a transparent built into Android: R.color.transparent.

But I think you may want to make the background of the image that you are placing into the WebView transparent, for example, with a transparent PNG, rather than the ImageView background. If the actual image is not at all see-through then the ImageView background can’t be seen through it.

Respondent: Intrications

Solution #8:

In case you want it in code, just:


Solution #9:

Try this code πŸ™‚

Its an fully transparent hexa code – “#00000000”

Respondent: Agilanbu

Solution #10:

In your XML file, set an attribute “Alpha”

such as

android:alpha="0.0" // for transparent
android:alpha="1.0" // for opaque

You can give any value between 0.0 to 1.0 in decimal to apply the required transparency. For example, 0.5 transparency is ideal for disabled component

Respondent: Jay Ryu

Solution #11:

Or, as an alternate, parse the resource ID with the following code:

Respondent: Octoth0rpe

Solution #12:

For those who are still facing this problem, you may try this


Respondent: SuicideSheep

Solution #13:

One more simple way:

Respondent: Andrei Aulaska

Solution #14:

Use the following for complete transparency:


When I tried with #80000000 I got a black transparent overlay which I don’t want. Try to change the first two digits; it controls the level of transparency, like

Respondent: Ameen Maheen

Solution #15:

In Android Studio it is very simple to adjust color and opacity using a built-in tool:

Android Adjust Color Opacity

Respondent: Jayakrishnan

Solution #16:

Another working option I came across is to set android:background="@null"

Respondent: clwhisk

Solution #17:

You could also use View.setAlpha(float) to change the visibility precisely.

0 would be transparent, 1 fully visible. πŸ˜‰

Respondent: jns

Solution #18:

Try to use the following code. It will help you in full or more.

  1. A .xml file designed to use this code to set background color:




    Image is here

    Or you can set it programmatically as well.

  2. Also you can use this code programmatically:

  3. Also this code for setting the background color as well programmatically:

  4. This code for the same programmatically:


The color depends on your choice of which color you want to use for transparent. Mostly use a white or #FFFFFF color.

Regarding R.drawable.llabackground: This line of code is for your style of the background, like something special or different for your purpose. You can also use this.

Respondent: Amitsharma

Solution #19:

If you use a drawable XML image you can make it transparent as shown in the picture below, or you can use a color code:

<color name="black">#99000000</color> 

Enter image description here

Respondent: Tariqul

Solution #20:

Color definitions with transparency information may be in the form


You can use also the shorter value for full transparency:

Other values are e.g.:

white  grey   black
#FFFF  #F888  #F000 - full color
#EFFF  #E888  #E000
#DFFF  #D888  #D000
#CFFF  #C888  #C000
#BFFF  #B888  #B000
#AFFF  #A888  #A000
#9FFF  #9888  #9000
#8FFF  #8888  #8000
#7FFF  #7888  #7000
#6FFF  #6888  #6000
#5FFF  #5888  #5000
#4FFF  #4888  #4000
#3FFF  #3888  #3000
#2FFF  #2888  #2000
#1FFF  #1888  #1000
#0FFF  #0888  #0000 - full transparency
Respondent: gotwo

Solution #21:

In xml


In code

Respondent: Fortran

Solution #22:




ImageView.setAlpha(125); // transparency
Respondent: Ravi Naidu

Solution #23:

Try this:


For transparency 000000 = black, you can change these six numbers for the color you want.

Respondent: Alex Zaraos

Solution #24:

use RelativeLayout which has 2 imageViews in . and set transparency code on the top imageView.

transparency code :

<solid android:color="@color/white"/>
<gradient android:startColor="#40000000"   android:endColor="#FFFFFFFF" android:angle="270"/>
Respondent: Mosayeb Masoumi

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