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Android 5.0 – Intellij Gradle: Cannot resolve symbol: @color:material_blue_500

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I am trying to customize the material design theme as suggested in this link :
android dev

but when I add the following code to my v21/styles file Intellij says that it cannot resolve these symbols.


    <!-- Base application theme. -->
    <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light">
        <!-- customize the color palette -->
        <item name="colorPrimary">@color/material_blue_500</item>
        <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/material_blue_700</item>
        <item name="colorAccent">@color/material_green_A200</item>


I looked around to see if there are any particular settings that need to be done on the color side but nothing came up. I am using API 21 with support lib v7 on gradle.

How to&Answers:

@color/material_blue_500 and others are not the resources in android library.

You must define the color resources in res/values/colors.xml by yourself.

such as <color name="material_blue_500">#5677fc</color>.

And then you can use it as <item name="colorPrimary">@color/material_blue_500</item>.


Android docs are very vague on this, leading to confusion. To get the predefined colors copy color_material.xml to your local res/values dir. That file is a preserved version as it was during Android-L. The offical version which sits in your local directory:


has been trimmed down to remove those color definitions.