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Programming language: Kotlin
License: Apache License 2.0

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Table of Contents


  1. Gradle Dependency
  2. The Basics
  3. More Options
    1. Configuration
    2. Text Scroller
  4. Code Suggestions
  5. Undo Redo
  6. Navigation
    1. Text Navigation
    2. Find and Replace
    3. Shortcuts
  7. Theming
  8. Custom Plugin


  1. Gradle Dependency
  2. Custom Language
    1. LanguageParser
    2. SuggestionProvider
    3. LanguageStyler


The editorkit module provides code editor without any support for programming languages.
If you are upgrading from any older version, please have a look at the [migration guide](MIGRATION-GUIDE.md).
Please note that this library only supports Kotlin.


Gradle Dependency

Add this to your module's build.gradle file:

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:editorkit:2.2.0'

The editorkit module does not provide support for syntax highlighting, you need to add specific language dependency. You can see list of available languages here.

The Basics

First, you need to add TextProcessor in your layout:

    android:id="@+id/editor" />

Second, you need to provide a Language object to support syntax highlighting by using following code:

val editor = findViewById<TextProcessor>(R.id.editor)

editor.language = JavaScriptLanguage() // or any other language you want

Third, you need to call setTextContent to set the text. Don't use the default setText method.

editor.setTextContent("your code here")

Also you might want to use setTextContent(PrecomputedTextCompat) if you're working with large text files.

Finally, after you set the text you need to clear undo/redo history because you don't want to keep the change history of previous file:

import com.blacksquircle.ui.editorkit.model.UndoStack

editor.undoStack = UndoStack()
editor.redoStack = UndoStack()

Now you can begin using the code editor.

More Options


You can change the default code editor behavior by using Plugin DSL as shown below:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    pinchZoom { // whether the zoom gesture enabled
        minTextSize = 10f
        maxTextSize = 20f 
    lineNumbers {
        lineNumbers = true // line numbers visibility
        highlightCurrentLine = true // whether the current line will be highlighted
    highlightDelimiters() // highlight open/closed brackets beside the cursor
    autoIndentation {
        autoIndentLines = true // whether the auto indentation enabled
        autoCloseBrackets = true // automatically close open parenthesis/bracket/brace
        autoCloseQuotes = true // automatically close single/double quote when typing

To enable/disable plugins in runtime, surround necessary methods with if (enabled) { ... } operator:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    if (preferences.isLineNumbersEnabled) {
    if (preferences.isPinchZoomEnabled) {
    // ...

Remember: everytime you call editor.plugins(pluginSupplier) it compares current plugin list with the new one, and then detaches plugins that doesn't exists in the PluginSupplier.

Text Scroller

To attach the text scroller you need to add TextScroller in layout:

    app:thumbTint="@color/blue" />

Now you need to pass a reference to a view inside attachTo method:

val editor = findViewById<TextProcessor>(R.id.editor)
val scroller = findViewById<TextScroller>(R.id.scroller)


// or using Plugin DSL:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    textScroller {
        scroller = findViewById<TextScroller>(R.id.scroller)

Code Suggestions

When you working with a code editor you want to see the list of code suggestion. (Note that you have to provide a Language object before start using it.)

First, you need to create a layout file that will represent the suggestion item inside dropdown menu:

<!-- item_suggestion.xml -->
<TextView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:id="@+id/title" />

Second, you need to create custom SuggestionAdapter:

class AutoCompleteAdapter(context: Context) : SuggestionAdapter(context, R.layout.item_suggestion) {

    override fun createViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup): SuggestionViewHolder {
        val inflater = LayoutInflater.from(parent.context)
        val view = inflater.inflate(R.layout.item_suggestion, parent, false)
        return AutoCompleteViewHolder(view)

    class AutoCompleteViewHolder(itemView: View) : SuggestionViewHolder(itemView) {

        private val title: TextView = itemView.findViewById(R.id.title)

        override fun bind(suggestion: Suggestion?, query: String) {
            title.text = suggestion?.text

Third, enable the code completion plugin and set SuggestionAdapter:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    codeCompletion {
        suggestionAdapter = AutoCompleteAdapter(this)

UPD: If you having an issues with the popup position (e.g vertical offset), this might be solved by explicitly setting android:dropDownAnchor in XML.

Undo Redo

The TextProcessor supports undo/redo operations, but remember that you must check the ability to undo/redo before calling actual methods:

// Undo
if (editor.canUndo()) {

// Redo
if (editor.canRedo()) {

Also you may have a use case when you want to update undo/redo buttons visibility or other UI after the text replacements is done, this can be achieved by adding OnUndoRedoChangedListener:

editor.onUndoRedoChangedListener = object : OnUndoRedoChangedListener {
    override fun onUndoRedoChanged() {
        val canUndo = editor.canUndo()
        val canRedo = editor.canRedo()

        // ...


Text Navigation

You can use these extension methods to navigate in text:


...or use «Go to Line» feature to place the caret at the specific line:

import com.blacksquircle.ui.editorkit.exception.LineException

try {
} catch (e: LineException) {
    Toast.makeText(this, "Line does not exists", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

Find and Replace

The TextProcessor has built-in support for search and replace operations, including:

  • Search forward or backward
  • Regular Expressions
  • Match Case
  • Words Only

The class itself contains self-explanatory methods for all your searching needs:

  • find(params) - Find all possible results in text with provided options.
  • replaceFindResult(replaceText) - Finds current match and replaces it with new text.
  • replaceAllFindResults(replaceText) - Finds all matches and replaces them with the new text.
  • findNext() - Finds the next match and scrolls to it.
  • findPrevious() - Finds the previous match and scrolls to it.
  • clearFindResultSpans() - Clears all find spans on the screen. Call this method when you're done searching.
import com.blacksquircle.ui.editorkit.model.FindParams

val params = FindParams(
    query = "function", // text to find
    regex = false, // regular expressions
    matchCase = true, // case sensitive
    wordsOnly = true // words only


// To navigate between results use findNext() and findPrevious()


If you're using bluetooth keyboard you probably want to use keyboard shortcuts to write your code faster. To support the keyboard shortcuts you need to enable the shortcuts plugin and set OnShortcutListener:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    shortcuts {
        onShortcutListener = object : OnShortcutListener {
            override fun onShortcut(shortcut: Shortcut): Boolean {
                val (ctrl, shift, alt, keyCode) = shortcut
                return when {
                    ctrl && keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DPAD_LEFT -> editor.moveCaretToStartOfLine()
                    ctrl && keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DPAD_RIGHT -> editor.moveCaretToEndOfLine()
                    alt && keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DPAD_LEFT -> editor.moveCaretToPrevWord()
                    alt && keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DPAD_RIGHT -> editor.moveCaretToNextWord()
                    // ...
                    else -> false

The onShortcut method will be invoked only if at least one of following keys is pressed: ctrl, shift, alt.
You might already noticed that you have to return a Boolean value as the result of onShortcut method. Return true if the listener has consumed the shortcut event, false otherwise.


The editorkit module includes some default themes in the EditorTheme class:

editor.colorScheme = EditorTheme.DARCULA // default

// or you can use one of these:

You can also write your own theme by changing the ColorScheme properties. The example below shows how you can programmatically load the color scheme:

editor.colorScheme = ColorScheme(
    textColor = Color.parseColor("#C8C8C8"),
    backgroundColor = Color.parseColor("#232323"),
    gutterColor = Color.parseColor("#2C2C2C"),
    gutterDividerColor = Color.parseColor("#555555"),
    gutterCurrentLineNumberColor = Color.parseColor("#FFFFFF"),
    gutterTextColor = Color.parseColor("#C6C8C6"),
    selectedLineColor = Color.parseColor("#141414"),
    selectionColor = Color.parseColor("#454464"),
    suggestionQueryColor = Color.parseColor("#4F98F7"),
    findResultBackgroundColor = Color.parseColor("#1C3D6B"),
    delimiterBackgroundColor = Color.parseColor("#616161"),
    numberColor = Color.parseColor("#BACDAB"),
    operatorColor = Color.parseColor("#DCDCDC"),
    keywordColor = Color.parseColor("#669BD1"),
    typeColor = Color.parseColor("#669BD1"),
    langConstColor = Color.parseColor("#669BD1"),
    preprocessorColor = Color.parseColor("#C49594"),
    variableColor = Color.parseColor("#9DDDFF"),
    methodColor = Color.parseColor("#71C6B1"),
    stringColor = Color.parseColor("#CE9F89"),
    commentColor = Color.parseColor("#6BA455"),
    tagColor = Color.parseColor("#DCDCDC"),
    tagNameColor = Color.parseColor("#669BD1"),
    attrNameColor = Color.parseColor("#C8C8C8"),
    attrValueColor = Color.parseColor("#CE9F89"),
    entityRefColor = Color.parseColor("#BACDAB")

Custom Plugin

Since v2.1.0 the EditorKit library supports writing custom plugins to extend it's functionality. If you're using the latest version, you might be familiar with PluginSupplier and know how to use it's DSL. See More Options for info.

First, you need to create a class which extends the EditorPlugin and provide it's id in the constructor:

class CustomPlugin : EditorPlugin("custom-plugin-id") {

    var publicProperty = true

    override fun onAttached(editText: TextProcessor) {
        // TODO enable your feature here

    override fun onDetached(editText: TextProcessor) {
        // TODO disable your feature here

Second, you can override lifecycle methods, for example afterDraw, which invoked immediately after onDraw(Canvas) in code editor:

class CustomPlugin : EditorPlugin("custom-plugin-id") {

    var publicProperty = true

    private val dividerPaint = Paint().apply {
        color = Color.GRAY

    override fun afterDraw(canvas: Canvas?) {
        if (publicProperty) {
            var i = editText.topVisibleLine
            while (i <= editText.bottomVisibleLine) {
                val startX = editText.paddingStart + editText.scrollX
                val startY = editText.paddingTop + editText.layout.getLineBottom(i)
                val stopX = editText.paddingLeft + editText.layout.width + editText.paddingRight
                val stopY = editText.paddingTop + editText.layout.getLineBottom(i)
                canvas?.drawLine( // draw divider for each visible line
                    startX.toFloat(), startY.toFloat(),
                    stopX.toFloat(), stopY.toFloat(),

Third, create an extension function to improve code readability when adding your plugin to a PluginSupplier:

fun PluginSupplier.lineDividers(block: CustomPlugin.() -> Unit = {}) {
    plugin(CustomPlugin(), block)

Finally, you can attach your plugin using DSL:

val pluginSupplier = PluginSupplier.create {
    lineDividers {
        publicProperty = true // whether should draw the dividers


The language modules provides support for programming languages. This includes syntax highlighting, code suggestions and source code parser. (Note that source code parser currently works only in language-javascript module, but it will be implemented for more languages in the future)


Gradle Dependency

Select your language and add it's dependency to your module's build.gradle file:

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-actionscript:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-base:2.2.0' // for custom language
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-c:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-cpp:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-csharp:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-groovy:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-html:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-java:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-javascript:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-json:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-julia:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-kotlin:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-lisp:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-lua:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-markdown:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-php:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-plaintext:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-python:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-ruby:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-shell:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-smali:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-sql:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-toml:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-typescript:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-visualbasic:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-xml:2.2.0'
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-yaml:2.2.0'

Custom Language

First, add this to your module's build.gradle file:

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.blacksquircle.ui:language-base:2.2.0'

Second, implement the Language interface:

import com.blacksquircle.ui.language.base.Language
import com.blacksquircle.ui.language.base.parser.LanguageParser
import com.blacksquircle.ui.language.base.provider.SuggestionProvider
import com.blacksquircle.ui.language.base.styler.LanguageStyler

class CustomLanguage : Language {

    override val languageName = "custom language"

    override fun getParser(): LanguageParser {
        return CustomParser()

    override fun getProvider(): SuggestionProvider {
        return CustomProvider()

    override fun getStyler(): LanguageStyler {
        return CustomStyler()

Every language consist of 3 key components:

  1. LanguageParser is responsible for analyzing the source code. The code editor does not use this component directly.
  2. SuggestionProvider is responsible for collecting the names of functions, fields, and keywords within your file scope. The code editor use this component to display the list of code suggestions.
  3. LanguageStyler is responsible for syntax highlighting. The code editor use this component to display syntax highlight spans on the screen.


LanguageParser is an interface which detects syntax errors so you can display them in the TextProcessor later.

To create a custom parser you need to implement execute method that will return a ParseResult.
If ParseResult contains an exception it means that the source code can't compile and contains syntax errors. You can highlight an error line by calling editor.setErrorLine(lineNumber) method.

Remember that you shouldn't use this method on the main thread.

class CustomParser : LanguageParser {

    override fun execute(name: String, source: String): ParseResult {
        // TODO Implement parser
        val lineNumber = 0
        val columnNumber = 0
        val parseException = ParseException("describe exception here", lineNumber, columnNumber)
        return ParseResult(parseException)


SuggestionProvider is an interface which provides code suggestions to display them in the TextProcessor.

The text scanning is done on a per-line basis. When the user edits code on a single line, that line is re-scanned by the current SuggestionsProvider implementation, so you can keep your suggestions list up to date. This is done by calling the processLine method. This method is responsible for parsing a line of text and saving the code suggestions for that line.

After calling setTextContent the code editor will call processLine for each line to find all possible code suggestions.

class CustomProvider : SuggestionProvider {

    // You can use WordsManager
    // if you don't want to write the language-specific implementation
    private val wordsManager = WordsManager()

    override fun getAll(): Set<Suggestion> {
        return wordsManager.getWords()

    override fun processLine(lineNumber: Int, text: String) {
        wordsManager.processLine(lineNumber, text)

    override fun deleteLine(lineNumber: Int) {

    override fun clearLines() {


LanguageStyler is an interface which provides syntax highlight spans to display them in the TextProcessor.

The execute method will be executed on the background thread every time the text changes. You can use regex or lexer to find the keywords in text.

Remember: the more spans you add, the more time it takes to render on the main thread.

class CustomStyler : LanguageStyler {

    override fun execute(source: String, scheme: ColorScheme): List<SyntaxHighlightSpan> {
        val syntaxHighlightSpans = mutableListOf<SyntaxHighlightSpan>()

        // TODO Implement syntax highlighting

        return syntaxHighlightSpans

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