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AppCompat Compose Theme Adapter

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This library is deprecated in favor of the new themeadapter-appcompat artifact. The migration guide and original documentation is below.


Accompanist AppCompat Theme Adapter has moved from the appcompat-theme artifact to the themeadapter-appcompat artifact. The implementation is identical but the dependency and import package have changed.

Migration steps

  1. Change the dependency from<version> to<version>
  2. Change any* imports to*

Original Docs

A library that enables reuse of AppCompat XML themes for theming in Jetpack Compose.

The basis of theming in Jetpack Compose is the MaterialTheme composable, where you provide Colors, Shapes and Typography instances containing your styling parameters:

    typography = type,
    colors = colors,
    shapes = shapes
) {
    // Surface, Scaffold, etc

AppCompat XML themes allow for similar but coarser theming via XML theme attributes, like so:

<style name="Theme.MyApp" parent="Theme.AppCompat.DayNight">
    <item name="colorPrimary">@color/purple_500</item>
    <item name="colorAccent">@color/green_200</item>

This library attempts to bridge the gap between AppCompat XML themes, and themes in Jetpack Compose, allowing your composable MaterialTheme to be based on the Activity's XML theme:

AppCompatTheme {
    // MaterialTheme.colors, MaterialTheme.shapes, MaterialTheme.typography
    // will now contain copies of the context's theme

This is especially handy when you're migrating an existing app, a fragment (or other UI container) at a time.


If you are using Material Design Components in your app, you should use the MDC Compose Theme Adapter instead, as it allows much finer-grained reading of your theme.

Customizing the theme

The AppCompatTheme() function will automatically read the host context's AppCompat theme and pass them to MaterialTheme on your behalf, but if you want to customize the generated values, you can do so via the createAppCompatTheme() function:

val context = LocalContext.current
var (colors, type) = context.createAppCompatTheme()

// Modify colors or type as required. Then pass them
// through to MaterialTheme...

    colors = colors,
    typography = type
) {
    // rest of layout

Generated theme

Synthesizing a material theme from a Theme.AppCompat theme is not perfect, since Theme.AppCompat does not expose the same level of customization as is available in material theming. Going through the pillars of material theming:


AppCompat has a limited set of top-level color attributes, which means that AppCompatTheme() has to generate/select alternative colors in certain situations. The mapping is currently:

MaterialTheme color AppCompat attribute
primary colorPrimary
primaryVariant colorPrimaryDark
onPrimary Calculated black/white
secondary colorAccent
secondaryVariant colorAccent
onSecondary Calculated black/white
surface Default
onSurface android:textColorPrimary, else calculated black/white
background android:colorBackground
onBackground android:textColorPrimary, else calculated black/white
error colorError
onError Calculated black/white

Where the table says "calculated black/white", this means either black/white, depending on which provides the greatest contrast against the corresponding background color.


AppCompat does not provide any semantic text appearances (such as headline6, body1, etc), and instead relies on text appearances for specific widgets or use cases. As such, the only thing we read from an AppCompat theme is the default app:fontFamily or android:fontFamily. For example:

<style name="Theme.MyApp" parent="Theme.AppCompat">
    <item name="fontFamily">@font/my_font</item>

Compose does not currently support downloadable fonts, so any font referenced from the theme should from your resources. See here for more information.


AppCompat has no concept of shape theming, therefore we use the default value from MaterialTheme.shapes. If you wish to provide custom values, use the shapes parameter on AppCompatTheme.


There are some known limitations with the implementation at the moment:

  • This relies on your Activity/Context theme extending one of the Theme.AppCompat themes.
  • Variable fonts are not supported in Compose yet, meaning that the value of android:fontVariationSettings are currently ignored.
  • You can modify the resulting MaterialTheme in Compose as required, but this only works in Compose. Any changes you make will not be reflected in the Activity theme.


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