How to customize android tabs or background change?

I am very new to android. Now I build a small application.

I need to change the look and feel of android default look up in 2.2. So, here I try to change the background of the tabs. Can you help me to do that.

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    This is what I need that actual output.


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    Your Tab Host XML file


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
    <TabHost xmlns:android="" 
        android:id="@android:id/tabhost" android:layout_width="fill_parent" 
        <LinearLayout android:orientation="vertical" 
            android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent"> 
            <TabWidget android:id="@android:id/tabs" 
                android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" /> 
            <FrameLayout android:id="@android:id/tabcontent" 
                android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent"> 

    in Your Main Activity

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        mTabHost = (TabHost) findViewById(;
        setupTab(new TextView(this), "Tab 1");
        setupTab(new TextView(this), "Tab 2");
        setupTab(new TextView(this), "Tab 3");
    private void setupTab(final View view, final String tag) {
        View tabview = createTabView(mTabHost.getContext(), tag);
        TabSpec setContent = mTabHost.newTabSpec(tag).setIndicator(tabview).setContent(new TabContentFactory() {
            public View createTabContent(String tag) {
                return view;
    private static View createTabView(final Context context, final String text) {
        View view = LayoutInflater.from(context).inflate(R.layout.tabs_bg, null);
        TextView tv = (TextView) view.findViewById(;
        return view;

    CustomTabsLayout tabs_bg.xml

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
        android:id="@+id/tabsLayout" android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="fill_parent" android:background="@drawable/tab_bg_selector"
        android:padding="10dip" android:gravity="center" android:orientation="vertical">
        <TextView android:id="@+id/tabsText" android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Title"
            android:textSize="15dip" android:textColor="@drawable/tab_text_selector" />


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <selector xmlns:android="">
        <item android:state_selected="true" android:color="@android:color/white" />
        <item android:state_focused="true" android:color="@android:color/white" />
        <item android:state_pressed="true" android:color="@android:color/white" />
        <item android:color="#f8f8f8" />


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <selector xmlns:android="">
            <!--  Active tab -->
        <item android:state_selected="true" android:state_focused="false"
            android:state_pressed="false" android:drawable="@drawable/tab_bg_selected" />
        <!--  Inactive tab -->
        <item android:state_selected="false" android:state_focused="false"
        android:state_pressed="false" android:drawable="@drawable/tab_bg_unselected" />
        <!--  Pressed tab -->
        <item android:state_pressed="true" android:drawable="@android:color/transparent" />
        <!--  Selected tab (using d-pad) -->
        <item android:state_focused="true" android:state_selected="true"
        android:state_pressed="false" android:drawable="@android:color/transparent" />


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <shape xmlns:android=""
        <gradient android:startColor="#A8A8A8" android:centerColor="#7F7F7F"
            android:endColor="#696969" android:angle="-90" />


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <shape xmlns:android=""
        <gradient android:startColor="#5C5C5C" android:centerColor="#424242"
        android:endColor="#222222" android:angle="-90" />

    And Finally in your main activity class


    And finish 🙂

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