The RecyclerView is one of the most used widgets in the Android world, and with it you have to implement an Adapter which provides the items for the view. Most use cases require the same base logic, but require you to write everything again and again.

The FastAdapter is here to simplify this process. You don't have to worry about the adapter anymore. Just write the logic for how your view/item should look like, and you are done. This library has a fast and highly optimized core which provides core functionality, most apps require. It also prevents common mistakes by taking away those steps from the devs. Beside being blazing fast, minimizing the code you need to write, it is also really easy to extend. Just provide another adapter implementation, hook into the adapter chain, custom select / deselection behaviors. Everything is possible.

A quick overview:



You can try it out here Google Play (or download the latest release from GitHub)


Include in your project

Using Maven

The library is split up into core, commons, and extensions. The core functions are included in the following dependency.

implementation 'com.mikepenz:fastadapter:3.3.1'
implementation "androidx.appcompat:appcompat:${androidX}"
implementation "androidx.recyclerview:recyclerview:${androidX}"

The commons package comes with some useful helpers (which are not needed in all cases) This one for example includes the FastItemAdapter

implementation 'com.mikepenz:fastadapter-commons:3.3.1'

Expandable support is included and can be added via this

implementation 'com.mikepenz:fastadapter-extensions-expandable:3.3.1'
//The tiny Materialize library used for its useful helper classes
implementation 'com.mikepenz:materialize:${latestVersion}' // at least 1.2.0

Many helper classes are included in the following dependency. (This functionality also needs the Expandable extension

implementation 'com.mikepenz:fastadapter-extensions:3.3.1'
implementation "${androidX}"
//The tiny Materialize library used for its useful helper classes
implementation 'com.mikepenz:materialize:${latestVersion}' // at least 1.2.0


Upgrades to use androidX dependencies. Use a version smaller than 3.3.x to use with appCompat dependencies.


v3 is a huge new release and comes with a big set of new changes. If you previously used the FastAdapter and head over to the MIGRATION GUIDE on how to get started with v3. In case you are searching v2.x head over here to it here.

How to use

1. Implement your item (the easy way)

Just create a class which extends the AbstractItem as shown below. Implement the methods, and your item is ready.

public class SimpleItem extends AbstractItem<SimpleItem, SimpleItem.ViewHolder> {
    public String name;
    public String description;

    //The unique ID for this type of item
    public int getType() {

    //The layout to be used for this type of item
    public int getLayoutRes() {
        return R.layout.sample_item;

    public ViewHolder getViewHolder(@NonNull View v) {
        return new ViewHolder(v);

     * our ViewHolder
    protected static class ViewHolder extends FastAdapter.ViewHolder<SimpleItem> {
        TextView name;
        TextView description;

        public ViewHolder(View view) {
            ButterKnife.bind(this, view);

        public void bindView(SimpleItem item, List<Object> payloads) {
            StringHolder.applyTo(, name);
            StringHolder.applyToOrHide(item.description, description);

        public void unbindView(SimpleItem item) {

2. Set the Adapter to the RecyclerView

//create the ItemAdapter holding your Items
ItemAdapter itemAdapter = new ItemAdapter();
//create the managing FastAdapter, by passing in the itemAdapter
FastAdapter fastAdapter = FastAdapter.with(itemAdapter);

//set our adapters to the RecyclerView

//set the items to your ItemAdapter

3. Click listener

fastAdapter.withOnClickListener(new OnClickListener<Item>() {
    public boolean onClick(View v, IAdapter<Item> adapter, Item item, int position) {
       // Handle click here
 return true;

4. Click listeners for views inside your item

//just add an `EventHook` to your `FastAdapter` by implementing either a `ClickEventHook`, `LongClickEventHook`, `TouchEventHook`, `CustomEventHook`
fastItemAdapter.withEventHook(new ClickEventHook<SampleItem>() {
    public View onBind(@NonNull RecyclerView.ViewHolder viewHolder) {
        //return the views on which you want to bind this event
        if (viewHolder instanceof SampleItem.ViewHolder) {
            return ((ViewHolder) viewHolder).view;
        return null;

    public void onClick(View v, int position, FastAdapter<SampleItem> fastAdapter, SampleItem item) {
        //react on the click event

5. Filter

// Call this in onQueryTextSubmit() & onQueryTextChange() when using SearchView

itemAdapter.getItemFilter().withFilterPredicate(new IItemAdapter.Predicate<Item>() {
    public boolean filter(Item item, CharSequence constraint) {
 return item.getName().startsWith(String.valueOf(constraint));

filter() should return true for items to be retained and false for items to be removed.

6. Drag and drop

First, attach ItemTouchHelper to RecyclerView.

SimpleDragCallback dragCallback = new SimpleDragCallback(this);
ItemTouchHelper touchHelper = new ItemTouchHelper(dragCallback);

Implement ItemTouchCallback interface in your Activity, and override the itemTouchOnMove() method.

   public boolean itemTouchOnMove(int oldPosition, int newPosition) {
       Collections.swap(fastAdapter.getAdapterItems(), oldPosition, newPosition); // change position
       fastAdapter.notifyAdapterItemMoved(oldPosition, newPosition);
       return true;

7. Using different ViewHolders (like HeaderView)

Start by initializing your adapters:

// Head is a model class for your header
ItemAdapter<Header> headerAdapter = new ItemAdapter<>();

Initialize a Model FastAdapter:

ItemAdapter<IItem> itemAdapter = new ItemAdapter<>();

Finally, set the adapter:

FastAdapter fastAdapter = FastAdapter.with(headerAdapter, itemAdapter); //the order defines in which order the items will show up

8. Infinite (endless) scrolling

Create a FooterAdapter. We need this to display a loading ProgressBar at the end of our list. (Don't forget to pass it into FastAdapter.with(..))

ItemAdapter<ProgressItem> footerAdapter = new ItemAdapter<>();

Keep in mind that ProgressItem is provided by FastAdapter’s extensions.

recyclerView.addOnScrollListener(new EndlessRecyclerOnScrollListener(footerAdapter) {
    public void onLoadMore(int currentPage) {
 footerAdapter.add(new ProgressItem().withEnabled(false));
 // Load your items here and add it to FastAdapter

For the complete tutorial and more features such as multi-select and CAB check out the sample app.

Advanced Usage


  • As of v2.5.0 there are no more known requirements to use the FastAdapter with Proguard


The FastAdapter comes with support for expandable items. After adding the dependency set up the Expandable extension via:

expandableExtension = new ExpandableExtension<>();

Expandable items have to implement the IExpandable interface, and the sub items the ISubItem interface. This allows better support. The sample app provides sample implementations of those. (Those in the sample are kept Model which allows them to be used with different parent / subitems)

As of the way how SubItems and their state are handled it is highly recommended to use the identifier based StateManagement. Just add withPositionBasedStateManagement(false) to your FastAdapter setup.

A simple item just needs to extend from the AbstractExpandableItem and provide the Parent, the ViewHolder and the SubItems it will contain as type.

public class SimpleSubExpandableItem extends AbstractExpandableItem<SimpleSubExpandableItem, SimpleSubExpandableItem.ViewHolder, SubItem> {



Libs used in sample app:

Mike Penz:

Other Libs:

Developed By


This free, open source software was also made possible by a group of volunteers that put many hours of hard work into it. See the file for details.

Special mentions

I want to give say thanks to some special contributors who provided some huge PRs and many changes to improve this great library.


Copyright 2017 Mike Penz

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