Java – LibGDX background image in FitViewport

LibGDX background image in FitViewport… here is a solution to the problem.

LibGDX background image in FitViewport

So, I’m using LibGDX for my upcoming application.

I use FitViewport to ensure a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Therefore, players that use an aspect ratio other than 16:9 will have black bars on the website.

What is the best way to draw a screen fill background image that also covers the area where the black bar is located?

    camera = new OrthographicCamera();
    viewport = new FitViewport(WIDTH, HEIGHT, camera);
    camera.position.set(WIDTH / 2, HEIGHT / 2, 0);

This is how I currently set up the camera/viewport.

Then I use SpriteBatch to draw something on it., 1, 1, 1);

That’s how I’m currently changing the color of the black bars to at least any RGB color.


In my opinion, the best idea is to create a second stage with its own Viewport for background purposes only. The second Viewport shouldn’t be FillViewport – in my experience, it stretches your graph. I think ExtendViewport is better in this case.

So how it should look :

    Stage stage, backStage;
    FitViewport viewport;
    ExtendViewport backViewport;


stage = new Stage(); this is your normal stage you have now
    stage.setViewport( yourFitViewport ); here you are assingning fit viewport

backViewport = new ExtendViewport( screenWidth, screenHeight );

backStage = new Stage();
    backStage.setViewport( backViewport ); 

    now add to backStage your background Image

backStage.addActor( yourBackground );

Now you only need to work on the new stage in the rendering method.


backStage.draw(); backStage first - we want it under stage

And update the

new Viewport in the update or render like the old one. That’s it.

Read more about Viewports here:

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