Context sensitive notifications for Android

Last update: May 11, 2022



Context sensitive notifications for Android


This library has passed it's prime and is now considered deprecated.

With the Android Design Support Library introducing Snackbar developers get a well crafted pattern to use for context aware notification of users.

I won't do any active development for Crouton any more. But I still do accept pull requests that fix bugs.

So long, and thanks for all the forks.


Crouton is a class that can be used by Android developers that feel the need for an alternative to the Context insensitive Toast.

A Crouton will be displayed at the position the developer decides. Standard will be the top of an application window. You can line up multiple Croutons for display, that will be shown one after another.

You can check some features in the Crouton Demo.

Crouton Demo on Google Play

If you're already using Crouton and just want to download the latest version of the library, follow this link.

Releases / Changelog

Current version: 1.8.5


The API is kept as simple as the Toast API:

Create a Crouton for any CharSequence:

Crouton.makeText(Activity, CharSequence, Style).show();

Create a Crouton with a String from your application's resources:

Crouton.makeText(Activity, int, Style).show();

Further you can attach a Crouton to any ViewGroup like this:

Crouton.makeText(Activity, int, Style, int).show();

Crouton.makeText(Activity, int, Style, ViewGroup).show();

Also methods are available for convenient fire and forget display of Croutons.

If you would like a more graphical introduction to Crouton check out this presentation.


In your Activity.onDestroy() make sure to call


to cancel cancel all scheduled Croutons.

This is a workaround and further description is available in issue #24.

Basic Examples

Currently you can use the three different Style attributes displayed below out of the box:




Extension and Modification

The whole design of a Crouton is defined by Style.

You can use one of the styles Crouton ships with: Style.ALERT, Style.CONFIRM and Style.INFO. Or you can create your own Style.

In general you can modify

  • display duration
  • dimension settings
  • options for the text to display
  • custom Views
  • appearance & disappearance Animation
  • displayed Image

Since Style is the general entry point for tweaking Croutons, go and see for yourself what can be done with it.



From maven central

Add maven central to your build.gradle:

buildscript {
  repositories {
repositories {

Then declare Crouton within your dependencies:

dependencies {
  compile('[email protected]') {
    // exclusion is not necessary, but generally a good idea.
    exclude group: '', module: 'support-v4'


From maven central

To use crouton within your maven build simply add


to your pom.xml

If you also want the sources or javadoc add the respective classifier




to the dependency.

If you are referencing a newer version of the Android Support Library in your application, you might want to exclude Crouton's dependency like this:



The build requires Gradle. Operations are very simple:

  • install gradle
  • gradle assemble builds all artifacts
  • gradle jar builds the jar

After putting Crouton in a repository you can add it as dependency.

compile('[email protected]') {
  exclude group: '', module: 'support-v4'

###Building and Signing

In order to build and sign Crouton locally you'll need to rename to



Questions regarding Crouton can be asked on StackOverflow, using the crouton tag.

Pull requests welcome

Feel free to contribute to Crouton.

Either you found a bug or have created a new and awesome feature, just create a pull request.

If you want to start to create a new feature or have any other questions regarding Crouton, file an issue. I'll try to answer as soon as I find the time.

Please note, if you're working on a pull request, make sure to use the develop branch as your base.


For contributors using Eclipse there's a formatter available at the download section.

In order to reduce merging pains on my end, please use this formatter or format your commit in a way similar to it's example.

If you're using IDEA, the Eclipse Formatter plugin should allow you to use the formatter as well.



The initial version was written by Benjamin Weiss. The name and the idea of Crouton originates in a blog article by Cyril Mottier.

The Crouton logo has been created by Marie Schweiz.

  • 1. Problem with ListActivity and Crouton

    I'm actually working on an app and i want to use the Crouton library. So i decide to replace my Toast by this and all is right. Yet, i discover a problem with my ListActivity. I start an activity which needs internet connection so if it is not the case, i display a Crouton.

    And when i display a Crouton i can no longer click on listview items.

    ps : I use it with ActionBarSherlock

    Reviewed by aat-antoine at 2012-11-12 17:05
  • 2. Action bar overlay?

    How do you handle repositioning of a crouton when action bar overlay is on?

    I have a weird case where the crouton goes below my action bar. My hacky solution for now is to add a custom view and add top padding when the action bar is visible?

    Is that something that this library doesn't handle automatically? or am I doing something wrong?


    Reviewed by aryaxt at 2014-03-18 23:39
  • 3. Crouton "destroys" PreferenceFragment

    This is how my PreferenceFragment looks like: When showing a Crouton:

    Reviewed by gabrielittner at 2012-09-06 14:01
  • 4. NoClassDefFoundError

    I'v some problems using your lib, i got a error


    I tried the lib with maven and with a jar combiled by gradle, the same error

    I' Downloaded the demo app on Google Play : Same Error on CroutonDemo Class (ICS 4.0.3 Device)

    Reviewed by adenaud at 2014-01-24 14:06
  • 5. Orientation changes prevent the Crouton queue to be displayed correctly.

    If there are a few Croutons within the queue and the device's orientation changes, all Croutons that have not yet been displayed will not be displayed.

    Also Croutons that get added to the queue will not be displayed until the pre-orientation change queue has been fully processed.

    This issue exists since the initial version of Crouton.

    Reviewed by keyboardsurfer at 2012-09-18 08:12
  • 6. Gradle error with the latest build tools

    With today's update of the build tools, SDK and library-support, Crouton doesn't compile anymore from Maven:

    Error:Module version depends on libraries but is not a library itself

    I use in my build.gradle file the following:

    compile('') {
         exclude group: '', module: 'support-v4'
    Reviewed by lynfogeek at 2014-06-26 19:55
  • 7. Added Configuration - Seperating out duration from style

    Style is too limiting and the wrong name now. It contains aspects which should be available to none styled croutons.

    Configuration file is dependant to Style/CustomView meaning we can set a duration on the Custom views!! Yay!

    Please note, Only look at the last commit. I can cherry pick for you if you would like?

    This now allows Crouton.make(Activity,View,ViewGroup, Config) Or Crouton.make(Activity,View,ViewGroup).setConfiguration(Config.Builder().build()).show()

    And of course added to showText Method so users can define non default config.

    Feel free to ask questions. Or implement the concept slightly differently.

    Commit as follows: Separated out the Non Visual config from Style, Configuration is dependant of how the crouton is displayed.

    Issue being the duration (and potentially other items) should not be tied to the Visual aspect.

    Cherry Picked from upstream & master and merged.

    Reviewed by chrisjenx at 2013-03-29 21:25
  • 8. Crashes in L Preview

    I know its a preview, but I'd like to make sure our app works in L. And Crouton doesn't seem to right now. Here's the stack trace on attempting to display a Crouton:

    java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException: addContentView does not support content transitions at at at at at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage( at android.os.Looper.loop( at at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method) at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke( at$ at

    Reviewed by roms at 2014-07-29 23:26
  • 9. Crouton vs HoloEverywhere

    When using HoloEverywhere Croutons are displayed on whole screen. This occurs even after changing all references to HoloEverywhere classes.

    My question is just if you haven't tried Croutons on HoloEverywhere. Thx

    Reviewed by MartinRajniak at 2013-02-19 10:14
  • 10. Crouton translucent status bar position.

    Hello i am using translucent statusbar in my app without using fitsSystemBar. I am using system tint bar lib for adding top padding to, but Crouton place under actionbar + this padding. This is screenshot


    Reviewed by mecid at 2014-02-05 22:59
  • 11. Does not compile with Gradle

    $ gradle assemble Creating properties on demand (a.k.a. dynamic properties) has been deprecated and is scheduled to be removed in Gradle 2.0. Please read for information on the replacement for dynamic properties. Deprecated dynamic property: "artifactId" on "project ':crouton-library'", value: "crouton".

    FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

    • Where: Build file '/Users/code/studio/libraries/Crouton/library/build.gradle' line: 96

    • What went wrong: A problem occurred evaluating project ':crouton-library'.

      No such property: repositoryUrl for class: org.gradle.api.publication.maven.internal.ant.DefaultGroovyMavenDeployer Possible solutions: repository

    • Try: Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.


    Total time: 3.749 secs

    Reviewed by powder366 at 2014-09-27 08:42
  • 12. How to use Crouton.makeText in AsyncTask

    private class TestTask extends AsyncTask<Object, String, Boolean> {
            protected Boolean doInBackground(Object... objects) {
                return true;
            protected void onPostExecute(Boolean aBoolean) {
                Crouton.makeText(??, "Some text", Style.ALERT).show();
    Reviewed by NMelis at 2019-06-19 00:41
  • 13. Crouton Not work when app come background nearly after 2 mins

    Crouton Not work when app come background nearly after 2 mins. When remove from memory and start again it's work perfect.

    if user come background in 20 seconds it is not problem again work perfect.

    Do you have any idea how can i solve that ?

    Reviewed by kaganbzkrt at 2018-05-14 20:26
  • 14. SpannableString or Html tags ?

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking for a way to have a text that is mid bold mid italic. It seems impossible at the moment, because there is not method to do that and I can't touch the textview of crouton properly.

    Should I made a PR ?

    Reviewed by adrienrx at 2017-03-14 12:21
  • 15. Fixed memory leak in DefaultAnimationsBuilder

    When the animations get run there is a Handler that gets set on the Animation (Animation.mListenerHandler). This Handler holds a reference to the Activity. So caching the animations in a static field causes the Activity to be leaked. The fix was to remove the static fields that were caching the animation. Now the animations are created new each time.

    Reviewed by jferlisi at 2015-09-28 15:29
  • 16. memory leak in

    final class DefaultAnimationsBuilder { private static final long DURATION = 400L; private static Animation slideInDownAnimation; // memory leak, hold on activity private static Animation slideOutUpAnimation; // memory leak, hold on activity ... }

    If you use leakcanary (, you can detect this memory leak.

    Please check it. Thanks.

    Reviewed by soxunyi at 2015-07-12 11:00
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