Find the positions of controls on Android

Greetings,
I am working on an automated test framework which should perform some tests on screen by clicking some controls on the
by mean of a screens invoking 'input tap x y', with x,y being the coordinates of the center of the command.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can do this ?

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Molnar IstvánHelpDesk / ProgrammerCommented:
iterate through all the controls:

int location[] = new int[2];
for(int i=0; i < layout.getChildCount(); i++) {
    View v = layout.childAt(i);
    if (v instanceof Button) {
        v.getLocationOnScreen(location); 
    }else
    if (v instanceof EditText) {
        ((EditText)v).getLocationOnScreen(location); 
    }
}

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in location array you will get the location of button,edittext, etc. , after that  you can show on the screen the coords

hope i understand correctly, your question
ps: sorry, but i didn't have time to test the code, but i think you get the idea
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rjorgeAuthor Commented:
Hi Molnar,
thanks for the reply. My intention is to (preferably) be able to do it from outside the running app. That way, I don't need to modify it.
Anny suggestion ?
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Molnar IstvánHelpDesk / ProgrammerCommented:
if you want to test an application, you can use an UI Tester tool called UI Automator Viewer from Google:
UI Tester

with this you can test your application that is running from mobile, it shows you on the right side the coordinates and what you clicked.

for example this application , uses screenshots with some features (it has inspect element)
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