Published on December 14, 2016 by Android Developers
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The new Layout Editor in Android Studio 2.2 has some surprises, including a new blueprint mode, revamped properties inspector and support for ConstraintLayout, a new way to define layouts for your apps.

In this Android Tool Time episode Wojtek Kaliciński shows you the basics of working with ConstraintLayouts in the visual editor. If you want to try it out yourself, you can find our codelab here: codelabs.developers.google.com/codelabs/constraint-layout

When you’re familiar with the layout editor interface, read the rest of our Medium article where you’ll find some more advanced tips and tricks for ConstraintLayout: medium.com/google-developers

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41 Comments on "Building interfaces with ConstraintLayout in Android Studio"

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Rey Guerrero
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Rey Guerrero
8 days 10 hours ago

ConstraintLayout is not for the faint of heart. Pulled my hair out just to recreate a simple relative layout with 10 or so widgets and the result wasn't satisfactory.

German Dev
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German Dev
9 days 19 hours ago

I tried using the ConstraintLayout, but it was a total mess. Do you know that it automatically uses LEFT and RIGHT margins and constraints instead of START and END and then immediatly shows you a warning? If you change it manually, the constraint editor doesnt use the start and end values.

Rajat Ranjan
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Rajat Ranjan
2 months 25 days ago

how to remove ConstraintLayout from android studio's default layout?

alb12345672
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alb12345672
4 months 1 day ago
Ok, I tried it again on a non-trivial layout. even wasted time and watched a few hours of tutorials. This product has very serious bugs. For starters, I have a bunch of buttons, with a ripple background(round) and the adorners around them move and the button stays put. I wasn't paid much on my last job but if I ever released something like that to customers in production I would have been fired. i designed a canvas type modeling app on another platform that was similar. There are also many other quirks. This isn't rocket science, and canvas design apps… Read more »
Damien Smith
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Damien Smith
4 months 3 days ago

"improved"

alb12345672
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alb12345672
4 months 5 days ago
I think you should rename it ClusterF*kLayout. I"ve worked with GUI tools since the early 90s and I'm either missing something or there is something majorly messed up. I tried to convert a complex RelativeLayout and after pulling strings for an hour ended up with a monster that looked different on every device. Lucky for source control. I even tried chaining things together and something like making the dollar portion next to a smaller cents portion became almost impossible.Small tweaks were blowing the whole layout apart. This is on the latest updated version too (as of today). Maybe I'll give… Read more »
Rei Wynne
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Rei Wynne
4 months 10 days ago

Seriously helpful video for a newbie. Thank you!

Baciu JR
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Baciu JR
4 months 17 days ago
whyread
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whyread
4 months 27 days ago

Thank you. Great job on the video and ContrainedLayout!

srujan barai
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srujan barai
5 months 14 days ago

This sounds promising! Gotta use!

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