ADW.Launcher theme template

I’ve uploaded in my github (here) the first version of the theme template for ADW.Launcher

You can download it just clicking the “DOWNLOAD SOURCE” link on the top, or using git.

Make sure you read the README file, it contains detailed instructions for you all to make your stunning themes!!!

Hope we could all enjoy great themer’s work on ADW.Launcher soon!!!

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    • Darnell Champen
    • July 15th, 2010 2:07pm

    Wicked =D

  1. Hi. thanks for the great app!
    but i am new here, how can i download the template?
    it said 502 Bad Gateway…


    • Kevin Horden
    • July 15th, 2010 3:24pm


    Great job but the HTC widgets seem to have disappeared and I can’t add them to the desktop. The Android and third party widgets are still in the list but some of the most useful widgets are HTC and they are not in the list.


      • TeeJay
      • July 17th, 2010 12:08am

      You cannot use HTC widgets with replacement home apps.

      -Tee Jay

    • djdarkknight96
    • July 15th, 2010 5:48pm

    I’m going to give it a try myself, great work on this epic launcher!

    • Sasa
    • July 15th, 2010 6:07pm

    Can You insert a Zoom & Fade effects on the desktop icons like Drawer icons effects?

      • 7h3.4pp12en7ic3
      • July 17th, 2010 12:11am

      Nonsensical. When do the desktop items Zoom or Fade? Or when would they? Not to mention, that’s an AWFUL lot of memory to add to just running the desktop.

    • Sasa
    • July 15th, 2010 6:07pm

    BTW, very great launcher, the best one!

  2. Thanks, can’t wait to get started on my own themes for ADW. Hopefully I can get the status bar theme-able.

  3. Just wondering pretty sure the it will be a yes but the images should be/need to be .9 patched correct?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 15th, 2010 9:20pm

      Not neccesary :)

    • Rustynail09
    • July 15th, 2010 8:39pm

    Guess it’s time to get working when I get home tonight… I have a few good idea’s in my head at the moment!

    • dena994
    • July 15th, 2010 10:50pm

    Hi, I make a theme for ADW Launcher but i don’t know how to install it…Can you contact me?

    • rreyes7658
    • July 16th, 2010 5:00am

    Ander Web… you should add to the Drawer Settings… different scrolling up and down effects…i don’t know how difficult it is… but sounds like a good idea to maximize your customize launcher

    • Dre
    • July 16th, 2010 9:26am

    Awesome, can’t wait to get some themes made

    • Anthony
    • July 16th, 2010 4:40pm

    Love this launcher have been using for awhile now. there is only one thing i think needs looked at. when i save my settings and layout, then install new rom and then let everything download. i restore my settings and layout. well the settings restore just fine but my layout doesn’t it replaces everything on my desktops but puts problem loading widgets. on everything but the power control widget. but other than that annoying little thing. i love love love this launcher.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 16th, 2010 5:05pm

      Yeah, the widget issue is long ago known, but I don’t know how to fix it :(

    • sam
    • July 16th, 2010 6:31pm

    Hi am using x10 but after the update I can’t set a wallpaper in a full screen. Could plaza check. Thanks

    • Bob B
    • July 16th, 2010 6:50pm

    HI Ander,
    I am running 1.0.1 standalone on a droid with CM 6.0 rc. I just tried out the paper and the one theme and would like to go back to stock but it won’t let me. I can go between paper and one but not back to stock. I even uninstalled the 2 themes and tried to go back to stock but it just stays on the last theme applied. I also tried uninstalling adw then reinstalling but couldn’t get back to stock theme. Any suggestions.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 16th, 2010 11:57pm

      There’s a theme called ADW.Default on the list, apply it

    • Bob B
    • July 16th, 2010 7:14pm

    Hi Ander,
    As far as the above question. I had to manually change the wallpaper and then manually go into the adw settings to get everything back the way I had it but it seems allset.
    Thank You and Keep up the great work!

    • A.M.S
    • July 17th, 2010 4:28am


    First of all thanx for the great job that you’ve don’t.

    I’m wondering if you keep the landscape mod to be an optional either to use it or not .


    • u-foka
    • July 18th, 2010 12:00pm


    Thanks for the update :)

    But I still can’t understand the Wallpaper Hack thing that you didn’t answered in the previous post…

    And Maybe I found a bug… it seems that the home screen goes right about 3-5 px (even after switching desktops) after I use fullscreen landscape apps (Barcode Scanner, My Paper Plane, for two that causes this)

      • AnderWeb
      • July 18th, 2010 10:51pm

      What do you wanna know about the wallpaper hack? I can’t search now the question.
      For the shift, select bottom slider as desktop paginator, and make sure you dont use persistence

    • zapatastuttgart
    • July 18th, 2010 1:58pm

    i have a great idee….can you make an task option to run keypress aktions(for phones with hardware buttons)..example-run foursquare press down button one time press right button then press ok…(to do check ins if i more then 15 min @the same spot)then would be posibble to make every option in all apps.thx

      • AnderWeb
      • July 18th, 2010 10:52pm

      I think I haven’t fully understood you… :(

    • nick337
    • July 19th, 2010 2:20am

    I was wondering if you could help me with the theme template. i have eclipse and the plugins and everything but i dont have a clue what to do. i always get an error in the android manifest.xml and files. what i really want to do is edit another theme in apk format. (the paperless theme) i want to add more icons to it. however i dont know if this is possible. can you please help? and by the way, the theme is for my personal use only and i will not be putting it on the market so you dont have to worry about that… if u decide to help me keep it simple because im not a developer.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 19th, 2010 7:00pm

      I don’t “worry” by ppl putting themes in the market, if I were, I wouldn’t have created an opensource project AND an open template for EVERYONE :)

      When you load the project into eclipse, you first need to change the package name as stated in my instructions.
      Then, if you see any errors, delete the directory “gen” within eclipse and wait for it to be auto generated again by eclipse. Now you shouldn’t see errors.
      Then edit the images, etc and export it as a signed apk to install in your phone.

        • Nick337
        • July 20th, 2010 4:58am

        Thanks. I’ll definatly try that when I get a chance. However, to add icons for other apps then the ones in the drawables, what do I do? Can I simply just make a new .png and add them to the directory (with the correct names) or do I have to do some other things? And wich folder do I add the icons to becausethere are quite a few in /res/? And how do I find the names? When I look at the names of the apps, it’s always x_x_x and not x_x_x_x. Sorry for all the quesions but I don’t really understand the README you posted.. Once I do, I’ll donate.

          • Nick337
          • July 20th, 2010 5:01am

          I have a G1 by the way, if it helps. And I was also wondering how I could edit another theme already on a .APK file. Thanks again…

          • AnderWeb
          • July 20th, 2010 1:27pm

          Yeah, just add the png with the correct name.
          The icons should be placed just in drawable-mdpi (48×48), drawable-hdpi (75×75), and drawable-ldpi (cant remember the size) or you can add them only to one of the drawable-xdpi dirs and leave android to scale them on each phone, but blurryness can occur :)
          The name is from the activity name, some apps have it as x.x.x and others even as x.x.x.x.x.x, so there’s no “rule”, just use logcat to see the name.

            • nick337
            • July 20th, 2010 5:39pm

            alright but i still get errors. so first i open the project in eclipse. then i go to main/src and rename the x.x.x to com.adw.theme . after that i have 3 errors.
            “class x.x.x does not exist”

            “error: No resource identifier found for attribute ‘installLocation’ in package ‘android’”

            “R cannot be resolved to a variable.”

            so then i delete the GEN folder but the errors dont go away. please help me…

            • AnderWeb
            • July 21st, 2010 5:03pm

            You’re not following the instructions.
            To change packagename you need to right click the package in the project explorer and select refactor/rename. Then change the packagename inside AndroidManifest.xml

            The installLocation error is cause you need to leave the project as an android 2.2 project, even for using it on a 1.6 phone.

            • nick337
            • July 21st, 2010 8:59pm

            so i need to download the 2.2 sdk and then check that when opening the project? also, is it possible to change the boxed_launcher_top_pressed.9.png? i want to because i want to theme that as well.

            • AnderWeb
            • July 22nd, 2010 11:09am

            Yeah, you can

            • nick337
            • July 22nd, 2010 5:30pm

            when ever i try to, i always get about 100 errors.

            • nick337
            • July 22nd, 2010 6:44pm

            its odd because i extracted the images from another theme, which means they are already .9.png. the app icons work fine but the others dont such as normal_application_background.9.png and box_launcher_bottom.9.png and box_launcher_top_normal.9.png. replacing one of them with the ones i extracted from the Paperless Theme gives me over 100 errors.

            • AnderWeb
            • July 22nd, 2010 11:48pm

            If you extract the images from an apk, the .9.pngs are compiled, so you cannot put them “as is” on another theme.

            • nick337
            • July 23rd, 2010 1:06am

            Thanks! so to put them on, all i have to do is use the .9png tool in the sdk? if so, can u explain to me how because i didnt get what it said to do on, something about putting frames around the images?

            • AnderWeb
            • July 23rd, 2010 2:27pm

            Exact, you need to add frames to the 9patch images, just open one of the .9.pngs that came with the template with your fav graphic editor to see how they work.

            • nick337
            • July 23rd, 2010 4:02pm

            thanks i figured it out. however, what should i do about this error. it comes up after updating the name in the anroid manifest. deleting the gen doesnt help.

            The import x cannot be resolved /main/src/com/android/themepaper line 3 Java Problem


            • AnderWeb
            • July 23rd, 2010 5:52pm

            Open the file and delete the line “import xxxxx.R”

            • nick337
            • July 24th, 2010 5:31am

            Ok I got the theme made. How do I make default settings for the theme such as font color, default indicator type, app label highlights, destop indicator slider color, etc. Because it isn’t how I would like it to be by default.

            • AnderWeb
            • July 24th, 2010 10:56am

            Edit the theme_config.xml

            • nick337
            • July 24th, 2010 6:59pm

            how do i make the bubble around the text under the app icons a different shape? i want to make it a rectangle instead of an oval-shape.

            • AnderWeb
            • July 26th, 2010 10:56am

            Change the bubble radius on the theme config

            • nick337
            • July 24th, 2010 7:35pm

            also, it appears that whenever i theme the search widget, the states while being normal and focused work as they should. however, when i touch it, it turns orange like the standard search widget. i want it to turn into the focused state when i touch it. also, the voice search icon is how i themed it but it has a square around it. i want there to just be an icon, not the button around it. and throughout the entire theme, colors are faded and lighter than they should be. i got the images from another theme. on that theme the colors look good but when i extracted them, patched them again, and put them on my theme, the colors are much lighter than they should be. example: the folders are custom and the lines should be darker than they are.

    • Lili
    • July 19th, 2010 8:42am

    My request is that you have a setting for swipe up/swipe down on the homescreen to do NOTHING. I have a fullsize X10, with plenty of screen real estate, so I don’t want my notification bar to hide, ever. And all the other options are also annoying to me. I would love to be able to just turn the whole swipe up /down thing off, because it’s too easy to swipe up or down accidentally.

    That’s the only real complaint I’ve ever had about this great app…

      • nick337
      • July 19th, 2010 6:42pm

      there is already an option to do that.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 19th, 2010 7:01pm

      Have you tried the first option in the swipe options list?

    • ganji
    • July 20th, 2010 10:09am

    I can’t figure out how to load the zip (extracted or otherwise) into eclipse as a project. i loaded Eclipse SDK Version: 3.5.0.

    thank you

      • AnderWeb
      • July 20th, 2010 1:28pm

      It’s clearly stated on the instructions, new android project, create from existing source and select the extracted template dir.

        • ganji
        • July 20th, 2010 8:32pm

        I attempted to read your readme, and i see nowhere within Eclipse that I can load an android project, i see import but that does nothing. I apologize if I am out of my realm.


    • Andres
    • July 20th, 2010 11:11pm


    Is there any way to disable wallpaper scrolling in order to keep the wallpaper centered. This is the only thing I have been waiting for to switch from LP. If not, do you plan to implement it in an upcoming build?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 21st, 2010 5:06pm


    • Santa Claus
    • July 21st, 2010 3:23am

    Set wallpapers as background for the drawer would be really awsom!!is it eventually possible?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 21st, 2010 5:08pm

      Set the app drawer background transparent to see your current wallpaper…

    • nick337
    • July 21st, 2010 4:11am

    alright but i still get errors. so first i open the project in eclipse. then i go to main/src and rename the x.x.x to com.adw.theme . after that i have 3 errors.
    “class x.x.x does not exist”

    “error: No resource identifier found for attribute ‘installLocation’ in package ‘android’”

    “R cannot be resolved to a variable.”

    so then i delete the GEN folder but the errors dont go away. please help me…

    • SonyX10
    • July 21st, 2010 6:11pm

    Hi Just installed ADW.launcher donut get app!!

    I have the SE X10 and noticed when I get an incoming call (when the phone is in standby) the call display doesn’t show up until I swype to unlock then I can see the number calling me (original SE skin) which requires the swype again to answer.
    When I had the stock skin and I received an incoming call the call display appeared and you would swype to answer…is there a setting I need to set to see the call display when the phone rings?


      • AnderWeb
      • July 22nd, 2010 11:09am

      I don’t know, don’t have that phone… :(

      • SonyX10
      • July 22nd, 2010 5:08pm

      Sorry for the false alarm, did a reboot, problem gone.

    • Valerio
    • July 22nd, 2010 12:16am

    Dear AnderWeb, thanks for your work. I have bought all the paid themes even if I am not going to use them to support you and your project. I was wondering if there is a way to hide the slider that you have when you scroll up and down. I have a transparent scroll pure widget, and the only non transparent thing is the grey slider on the right. The same happens in the app drawer. Is it possible to make it transparent, even with a theme?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 22nd, 2010 11:10am

      For the app drawer, yeah, I’ll make it optional.
      For the widget one you should ask widget author

    • son
    • July 22nd, 2010 3:05am

    I tried to create my theme, once i changed an image, eclipse is throwing me an error saying something about the image has to have a white or a transparent pixel frame, even though i have alot of transparent on my image, any idea why?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 22nd, 2010 11:11am

      Read android documentation about 9patch images on

        • son
        • July 22nd, 2010 7:31pm

        thanks for the reply. that was it.

    • Scott
    • July 22nd, 2010 5:01am

    I would love the option in landscape mode to have the dock bar be positioned at the bottom of the screen vs the vertical positioning on the right side of the screen. I simply can’t adjust to it being a different orientation and my swipe down for additional apps in dock bar ends up being swipe right mistakenly and I’m on the next home screen Instead. Great work as always. I commend you for your efforts.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 22nd, 2010 11:12am

      I’m not sure if it would be a good idea to make such a design, but who knows…

    • hackahero
    • July 22nd, 2010 8:22am

    7h3.4pp12en7ic3 :
    Nonsensical. When do the desktop items Zoom or Fade? Or when would they? Not to mention, that’s an AWFUL lot of memory to add to just running the desktop.

    Love the word choice… Nonsensical is one of my favorite words! Bravo!

    However, I’m having a problem where ADW will NOT let me turn off the custom theme icons. I don’t get it. Using Froyo rc0 sprint cdma hero.

    • hackahero
    • July 22nd, 2010 8:25am

    ganji :
    I attempted to read your readme, and i see nowhere within Eclipse that I can load an android project, i see import but that does nothing. I apologize if I am out of my realm.

    You might want to learn how to install the Android SDK with Java SDK and Eclipse then…. It’s a little bit of a complicated process but if executed properly works like a GEM!

    • Twilk
    • July 22nd, 2010 12:26pm

    Custom dock request. :)

    Great launcher one of the best!

    I have a request possibly a simple one lol. Can you add a feature to change the dock. For instance select dock type, froyo long, froyo short, custom. Then when we select custom we can then select an image from our gallary.

    Thanks, Thomas

    Btw some of the customization in this launcher is what makes it the best. The ability to swipe is great and to change the size of a widget. Also the Galaxy S App drawer makes things so much easier and the fact that it can be transparant to show through to your wall paper. This is a very good launcher. Makes HTC sense look like childs play. Oh way thats what HTC sense is.

    • brenden
    • July 23rd, 2010 2:09pm

    I downloaded this for my devour, and it won’t open, how can I open it?

      • AnderWeb
      • July 23rd, 2010 5:54pm

      Install home switcher from market if you want an easy way to change between launchers

    • asbjørn
    • July 25th, 2010 1:14pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for all your excellent work! It makes all the difference for my old Samsung Galaxy, feels like a whole new phone:) One thing I was wondering about; do you have any plans of including folders and/or the option to hide apps from the drawer like on advanced launcher? I find this quite useful when I have a lot of apps installed, both to tidy up the mess and to hide apps I don’t need a link for (settings, dialer/contacts, and camera/camcorder which can be accessed directly through phone buttons, messaging when using chomp, various apps I have on the dashboard etc)

      • Twilk
      • July 26th, 2010 6:50am

      Smart short cuts will let you creat pretty folders for your home screen. I mean it just creats folders but you can change the icons as opposed to the stock folders. Check it out it might satisfy your need.

        • asbjørn
        • July 26th, 2010 12:29pm

        Thanks for the tip, but I’m actually looking for a way to create folders in the app drawer, not on the home screen :)

          • Twilk
          • July 27th, 2010 7:35am

          I actually figured that. One Nice thing about windows. You could really clean up the app drawer.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 26th, 2010 10:58am

      Yeah, I’ll make it, but cannot tell when yet…

        • asbjørn
        • July 26th, 2010 12:31pm

        Awesome, thanks a lot :D

    • Zach
    • July 26th, 2010 8:33am

    Just wondering when your gonna update again. I love this launcher keep up the awesome work, once i get paid next week i’ll buy the 2 donate themes you put on the market.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 26th, 2010 10:58am

      When I’m back from my vacation :)

  4. Just posted a buuf theme to the market, let me know what you think: -)

      • AnderWeb
      • July 27th, 2010 2:40pm

      It’s gorgeous :)

    • Justin
    • July 26th, 2010 7:16pm

    I follow the steps and have no errors. When I open theme_config.xml i get a bunch of java.lang.nullpointer exception errors. I try to export as unsigned application (i don’t have signing keys) and it says it’s successful. When I try to install through astro it says it’s not a valid apk file. Help please.

    • Mark
    • July 27th, 2010 8:19am

    Feature request:

    Can you make the home button work as Return to Home Screen / Suspend Phone?

    I have the new Samsung Galaxy S and the power button is located very inconveniently. The Home button on the other hand is a nice big mechanical button (not a touch button) so it would be perfect for turning the phone on and off!

    • Mark
    • July 27th, 2010 8:19am

    p.s. if you add the feature, I will give a huge donation of love. And ten Euros.

  5. Hey first I wanted to say thanks for all your hard work, this launcher is amazing. Second I wanted to ask a question about the “tray_handle_normal.png” file. I am working on a theme called matte nano (screenshot here: and I keep having a 1 pixel transparent bar show up on the bottom of that image. No matter what I do, what I change, it always stays there. Here is the actual tray_handle_normal.png image I am using:
    It is 75×76 with no empty pixels anywhere. I can upload the debug apk if you (or anyone else) would like to try it out but only the portrait hdpi stuff has been completed. Thanks for any help you can provide.

      • AnderWeb
      • July 27th, 2010 11:45pm

      Maybe your lab/rab pics are too big. Make them the same size in height than the tray handle (plus the 2 pixels for the 9patch guides) and test again.

      • That was it, thanks! I’ll hopefully have this on the market soon. (Beta version will be posted on xda forums even sooner) Thanks again.

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