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Material 3 Theme Adapter

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This library is deprecated, and the API is no longer maintained. We recommend generating a theme with Material Theme Builder The original documentation is below.


Recommendation: Use the Material Theme Builder tool, or an alternative design tool, to generate a matching XML and Compose theme implementation for your app. See Migrating XML themes to Compose to learn more.

You can checkout Material Design 3 in Compose to learn more about creating and adding theme to your app using Material Theme Builder.

Original Documentation

A library that enables the reuse of MDC-Android Material 3 XML themes, for theming in Jetpack Compose.

Material 3 Theme Adapter header

The basis of Material Design 3 theming in Jetpack Compose is the MaterialTheme composable, where you provide ColorScheme, Typography and Shapes instances containing your styling parameters:

    colorScheme = colorScheme,
    typography = typography,
    shapes = shapes
) {
    // M3 Surface, Scaffold, etc.

Material Components for Android themes allow for similar theming for views via XML theme attributes, like so:

<style name="Theme.MyApp" parent="Theme.Material3.DayNight">
    <!-- Material 3 color attributes -->
    <item name="colorPrimary">@color/purple_500</item>
    <item name="colorSecondary">@color/purple_700</item>
    <item name="colorTertiary">@color/green_200</item>

    <!-- Material 3 type attributes-->
    <item name="textAppearanceBodyLarge">@style/TextAppearance.MyApp.BodyLarge</item>
    <item name="textAppearanceBodyMedium">@style/TextAppearance.MyApp.BodyMedium</item>

    <!-- Material 3 shape attributes-->
    <item name="shapeAppearanceCornerSmall">@style/ShapeAppearance.MyApp.CornerSmall</item>

This library attempts to bridge the gap between Material Components for Android M3 XML themes, and themes in Jetpack Compose, allowing your composable MaterialTheme to be based on the Activity's XML theme:

Mdc3Theme {
    // MaterialTheme.colorScheme, MaterialTheme.typography, MaterialTheme.shapes
    // 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.

Customizing the M3 theme

The Mdc3Theme() function will automatically read the host Context's MDC theme and pass them to MaterialTheme on your behalf, but if you want to customize the generated values, you can do so via the createMdc3Theme() function:

val context = LocalContext.current
var (colorScheme, typography, shapes) = createMdc3Theme(
    context = context

// Modify colorScheme, typography or shapes as required.
// Then pass them through to MaterialTheme...

    colorScheme = colorScheme,
    typography = typography,
    shapes = shapes
) {
    // Rest of M3 layout


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

  • This relies on your Activity/Context theme extending one of the Theme.Material3 themes.
  • Text colors are not read from the text appearances by default. You can enable it via the setTextColors function parameter.
  • Variable fonts are not supported in Compose yet, meaning that the value of android:fontVariationSettings are currently ignored.
  • MDC ShapeAppearances allow setting of different corner families (cut, rounded) on each corner, whereas Compose's Shapes allows only a single corner family for the entire shape. Therefore only the app:cornerFamily attribute is read, others (app:cornerFamilyTopLeft, etc) are 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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