Android Context is normally required to construct widgets, check screen orientation, etc. However, one has to differentiate between two types of context: one obtained from an activity and one obtained from the application. The reason is that holding on to the activity context may cause memory leaks.

Macroid automatically stores Activity and Service contexts as weak references, avoiding the problem. This is done with the ContextWrapper trait, which has four methods:

  • contextWrapper.application will return the application context;
  • contextWrapper.original will return a weak reference to the original context passed to ContextWrapper;
  • contextWrapper.getOriginal is the same as above, but it will force the weak reference;
  • contextWrapper.bestAvailable will return the original context if it’s available, otherwise — the application context.

There are a few specialized cases of ContextWrapper: ActivityContextWrapper, ServiceContextWrapper, ApplicationContextWrapper and GenericContextWrapper.


To include the implicit context in your activity, inherit Contexts:

import macroid.Contexts

class MyActivity extends Activity with Contexts[Activity] {

If you use fragments from the support library (see the section on fragments):

class MyActivity extends FragmentActivity with Contexts[FragmentActivity] {

In a fragment (either or

class MyFragment extends Fragment with Contexts[Fragment] {

Finally, if you want to include the implicit context in your views:

class MyFrameLayout extends FrameLayout with Contexts[View] {

You can also construct a ContextWrapper directly:

val ctx = ContextWrapper(myActivity)


Most Macroid APIs require an implicit ContextWrapper. If you use them inside an activity or a fragment, you are golden. However sometimes you need to pass the context to other methods:

import macroid.ContextWrapper
import macroid.FullDsl._
import macroid.contrib._

def customTweak(implicit ctx: ContextWrapper) =
  TextTweaks.large +

def customLayout(implicit ctx: ContextWrapper) =

You can also require a specific type of context:

import macroid.ActivityContextWrapper

def needActivity(implicit ctx: ActivityContextWrapper) =
  ctx.original.get foreach { activity: Activity ⇒