How to add icon inside EditText view in Android ?

I want to add a “search” icon to appear inside an EditText in the left edge? such as search box in Facebook Android app?

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    Use the android:drawableLeft property on the EditText.

        android:drawableLeft="@drawable/my_icon" />

    You can set drawableLeft in the XML as suggested by marcos, but you might also want to set it programmatically – for example in response to an event. To do this use the method setCompoundDrawablesWithIntrincisBounds(int, int, int, int):

    EditText editText = findViewById(;
    // Set drawables for left, top, right, and bottom - send 0 for nothing
    editTxt.setCompoundDrawablesWithIntrinsicBounds(R.drawable.myDrawable, 0, 0, 0);

    If you want to use Android’s default drawable, you can use @android:drawable/ic_menu_search like this:

    <EditText android:id="@+id/inputSearch"
        android:hint="Search product.."

    Use a relative layout and set the button the be align left of the edit text view, and set the left padding of your text view to the size of your button. I can’t think of a good way to do it without hard coding the padding :/

    You can also use apk tool to sorta unzip the facebook apk and take a look at its layout files.

    Use :

        android:drawableStart="@drawable/icon" />
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