Android Support Design TabLayout: Gravity Center and Mode Scrollable

Tab gravity only effects MODE_FIXED.

One possible solution is to set your layout_width to wrap_content and layout_gravity to center_horizontal:

<android.support.design.widget.TabLayout
    android:id="@+id/sliding_tabs"
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:layout_gravity="center_horizontal"
    app:tabMode="scrollable" />

If the tabs are smaller than the screen width, the TabLayout itself will also be smaller and it will be centered because of the gravity. If the tabs are bigger than the screen width, the TabLayout will match the screen width and scrolling will activate.

this is how i did it

TabLayout.xml

<android.support.design.widget.TabLayout
            android:id="@+id/tab_layout"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:layout_width="wrap_content"
            android:background="@android:color/transparent"
            app:tabGravity="fill"
            app:tabMode="scrollable"
            app:tabTextAppearance="@style/TextAppearance.Design.Tab"
            app:tabSelectedTextColor="@color/myPrimaryColor"
            app:tabIndicatorColor="@color/myPrimaryColor"
            android:overScrollMode="never"
            />

Oncreate

@Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
    {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);
        mToolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(R.id.toolbar_actionbar);
        mTabLayout = (TabLayout)findViewById(R.id.tab_layout);
        mTabLayout.setOnTabSelectedListener(this);
        setSupportActionBar(mToolbar);

        mTabLayout.addTab(mTabLayout.newTab().setText("Dashboard"));
        mTabLayout.addTab(mTabLayout.newTab().setText("Signature"));
        mTabLayout.addTab(mTabLayout.newTab().setText("Booking/Sampling"));
        mTabLayout.addTab(mTabLayout.newTab().setText("Calendar"));
        mTabLayout.addTab(mTabLayout.newTab().setText("Customer Detail"));

        mTabLayout.post(mTabLayout_config);
    }

    Runnable mTabLayout_config = new Runnable()
    {
        @Override
        public void run()
        {

           if(mTabLayout.getWidth() < MainActivity.this.getResources().getDisplayMetrics().widthPixels)
            {
                mTabLayout.setTabMode(TabLayout.MODE_FIXED);
                ViewGroup.LayoutParams mParams = mTabLayout.getLayoutParams();
                mParams.width = ViewGroup.LayoutParams.MATCH_PARENT;
                mTabLayout.setLayoutParams(mParams);

            }
            else
            {
                mTabLayout.setTabMode(TabLayout.MODE_SCROLLABLE);
            }
        }
    };

I made small changes of @Mario Velasco’s solution on the runnable part

As I didn’t find why does this behaviour happen I have used the following code:

float myTabLayoutSize = 360;
if (DeviceInfo.getWidthDP(this) >= myTabLayoutSize ){
    tabLayout.setTabMode(TabLayout.MODE_FIXED);
} else {
    tabLayout.setTabMode(TabLayout.MODE_SCROLLABLE);
}

Basically, I have to calculate manually the width of my tabLayout and then I set the Tab Mode depending on if the tabLayout fits in the device or not.

The reason why I get the size of the layout manually is because not all the tabs have the same width in Scrollable mode, and this could provoke that some names use 2 lines as it happened to me in the example.