How to get primary color of material theme in xml drawable?

I’m trying to define round drawable which needs primary color of material theme. Here’s my xml code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="" android:shape="oval" >
    <solid android:color="?attr/colorPrimary"></solid>

But I’m getting InflateException. I’ve read that we can not use attributes in drawable xml. So any workaround for this ?

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “How to get primary color of material theme in xml drawable?”

    If you are using API 21 or greater, you should use:

    <solid android:color="?android:colorPrimary"></solid>

    For older APIs you should just type:

    <solid android:color="?colorPrimary"></solid>

    Is your colorPrimary stored in yours colors.xml? If so, just reference it like @color/colorPrimary.

    If not, just define it in colors.xml and reference it. These are the default teal color of meterial straight from the source code. I think material_deep_teal_500 is what you are looking for.

    <!-- Primary & accent colors -->
    <color name="material_deep_teal_200">#ff80cbc4</color>
    <color name="material_deep_teal_500">#ff009688</color>
    <color name="material_blue_grey_800">#ff37474f</color>
    <color name="material_blue_grey_900">#ff263238</color>
    <color name="material_blue_grey_950">#ff21272b</color>

    You can’t use attribute values in drawables.
    You would be best to use a semi-transparent white/black (depending on if you are light or dark) like #44FFFFFF and overlaying over the primary color background. You’ll notice most material drawables are a shade lighter/darker over a primary color background…

    Otherwise, if you need the color duplicated – you will have to use @color/myPrimaryColor – which should be the same as what you defined in your theme as primaryColor.

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