1.1.6 (Sep 6, 2017)
Apr 26, 2016
Nov 20, 2017
Stephen Vinouze (StephenVinouze)
Stephen Vinouze (StephenVinouze)
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Before the appearance of RecyclerView, ListView and GridView were the common layout used to display lists of items. Even though RecyclerView has optimized how to render list of items without having to worry how you want to display them (either list or grid) it comes with a price when implementing such behaviors.

This library comes with two focuses:

  • Make your RecyclerView basic implementation dead simple.
  • Intagrating useful features that could be found in either ListView and GridView (such as choice mode) and even more (sections, pagination, gestures).
Single choice Multiple choice Sections

Migrate to v2

If you are already using the v1 of this library and considering migrating to the v2, here are a few things worth mentioning

  • You need to declare all modules that you require as they are not transitive anymore.
  • Several methods were renamed for clarification
  • Packages were renamed to apply lattest Android Studio guidelines. Some classes were also rearranged in that respect.
  • A Kotlin sample was added and callback systems were changed in favor of lambdas to match with Kotlin language.
  • In order to not disadvantage Java users I kept the previous methods. Both Java and kotlin samples are available in this repository.
  • For Java users, Java 8 is now required for this library because of lambdas.

Basic usage

The core module contains the basic logic to easily manipulate a RecyclerView. It allows you to define your adapter in a blink of the eye, with a already built-in ViewHolder pattern so that you just need to define how your items will be laid out in your list.

Create your model :

data class Sample(val id: Int, val rate: Int, val name: String)

Create your view :

class SampleItemView @JvmOverloads constructor(context: Context, attrs: AttributeSet? = null, defStyleAttr: Int = 0) : FrameLayout(context, attrs, defStyleAttr) {

    init {
        LayoutInflater.from(context).inflate(R.layout.view_sample_item, this, true)

    fun bind(sample: Sample) {
        // Update your subviews with the Sample data 


Then define your own adapter that extends from RecyclerAdapter and template it with your model that will be used to populate your list :

class SampleAdapter(context: Context) : RecyclerAdapter<Sample>(context) {

    override fun onCreateItemView(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): View = SampleItemView(context)

    override fun onBindItemView(view: View, position: Int) {
        when (view) {
            is SampleItemView -> view.bind(items[position])


Finally in your Activity/ Fragment, add your Sample items to your SampleAdapter and bind your adapter to your RecyclerView:

val adapter = SampleAdapter(this)
adapter.items = mutableListOf()
recyclerView.adapter = adapter

Your RecyclerView is ready to be displayed. You just have to implement your bind() method within your view to configure it (or use the databinding pattern if you prefer).

Click events

Listening to click events are often required and usually requires to transit such an event from your adapter to your Activity/ Fragment to maintain a clean architecture. This library provides to optional lambdas for click and long click events that can be called directly from your adapter :

adapter.onClick = { view, position ->
    val sample = items[position]
    // Do whatever you want
adapter.onLongClick = { view, position ->
    val sample = items[position]
    // Do whatever you want

Choice mode

A useful feature that can be found in either ListView and GridView is ChoiceMode. Although this does not come natively with RecyclerView, this library provides such a mechanism.

Choice mode can be either NONE (default), SINGLE or MULTIPLE. If a choice mode other than NONE is declared for your adapter, your selected items will be internally stored at each view click. You can also manually select an item :


You can obviously retrieve which items are selected :

adapter.selectedItemViewCount // Returns the selected item view count
adapter.getSelectedItemViews() // Returns a list of selected item views
adapter.isItemViewToggled(position) // Returns true if item is selected

If you need to remove all selected items :


Advanced usage

In most cases the core module should handle most of the heavy work. This section presents more advanced concepts that can help you while using RecyclerView in your applications.


You may encounter lists that need to be regrouped within sections to present a clear sorting or your items. This can be easily done natively by overriding getItemViewType() and manipulate yourself each viewType in your adapter callbacks. The section module intends to lift this work for you as well as to provide a clear implementation by separating section building callbacks from main items in your list.

Create a section item view to render your sections. Let's call it SampleSectionItemView.

Extends your adapter class from RecyclerSectionAdapter (which itself extends from RecyclerAdapter) and provides two more abstract methods to shape your views that will be displayed as sections :

class SampleSectionAdapter(context: Context) : RecyclerSectionAdapter<Int, Sample>(context, { it.rate }) {

    override fun onCreateItemView(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): View = SampleItemView(context)

    override fun onBindItemView(view: View, position: Int) {
        when (view) {
            is SampleItemView -> view.bind(items[position])

    // Override these two new methods to render your sections
    override fun onCreateSectionItemView(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): View =

    override fun onBindSectionItemView(sectionView: View, sectionPosition: Int) {
        sectionAt(sectionPosition)?.let {
            when (sectionView) {
                is SampleSectionItemView -> sectionView.bind(it)


Note the Int generic type in the class declaration that indicates the type that will contains the section. In our case, we want to sort them by rate. The building of the sections will be automatically taken care of by a lambda that you must provide in your constructor () { sample -> sample.rate }).

Wraps things up the way you were doing with your RecyclerAdapter :

val sectionAdapter = SampleSectionAdapter(this)
sectionAdapter.items = mutableListOf()
recyclerView.adapter = sectionAdapter

Setting items to your adapter will take care of the section building and relayout your list. You may want to sort your items before setting them in your adapter to obtain consistent sections.


Pagination is a common pattern especially when interacting with an API to lazy load your items into your list. The pagination module provides an extension to the RecyclerView class to easily activate pagination and notify what to do when pagination is triggered. You should also notify your users that your content is being loaded into your list by providing a loader at the bottom of your list.

Extend your adapter from RecyclerPaginationAdapter and implement the loader creator callback :

class SamplePaginationAdapter(context: Context) : RecyclerPaginationAdapter<Sample>(context) {

    override fun onCreateItemView(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): View = SampleItemView(context)

    override fun onBindItemView(view: View, position: Int) {
        when (view) {
            is SampleItemView -> view.bind(items[position], isItemViewToggled(position))

    override fun onCreateLoaderView(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): View =
            LayoutInflater.from(context).inflate(R.layout.view_progress, parent, false)


Activate pagination on your RecyclerView and populate your list with the appendItems() extension method :

val paginationAdapter = SamplePaginationAdapter(this)
recyclerView.adapter = paginationAdapter
    isLoading = {
    hasAllItems = {
        // return true if you have loaded all your items to stop the pagination to try loading more
    onLoad = {
        // Fetch and/or load your items within your list
        paginationAdapter.isLoading = true
        // Fetch items from API. Indicate loading done once fetch is finished
        paginationAdapter.isLoading = false
        // Append items into your list

⚠️ Note that RecyclerPaginationAdapter extends from RecyclerAdapter as pagination for sectioned content is not (and won't be) supported.


The RecyclerView component allows you to interact with your items by draging them with the ItemTouchHelper class. The gesture module abstracts this behavior to let you easily swipe-to-delete and/or move your items from your RecyclerView. Items are manipulated for you for both move on swipe-to-delete gestures.

You can enable gestures by using the RecyclerView extension method :

                dragDirections = ItemTouchHelper.UP or ItemTouchHelper.DOWN,
                swipeDirections = ItemTouchHelper.LEFT or ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT,
                onMove = { fromPosition, toPosition ->
                    // Do whatever you want
                onSwipe = { position, direction ->
                    // Do whatever you want

Note that all lambdas are optionals so that you may enable/configure your desired gestures. Also, the gesture module includes the section module so that all your gestures also works while using your list with sections. The only limitation is that you cannot move an item from one section to another.

Gradle Dependency

The gradle dependency is available via JitPack. Add this in your root build.gradle file:

allprojects {
 repositories {
  maven { url "" }

Then add the dependencies that you need in your project.

def advancedrecyclerview_version = "{latest_version}"

dependencies {
  compile "com.github.StephenVinouze.AdvancedRecyclerView:core:${advancedrecyclerview_version}"
  // If you need to display lists with sections
  compile "com.github.StephenVinouze.AdvancedRecyclerView:section:${advancedrecyclerview_version}"
   // If you need to paginate your lists
  compile "com.github.StephenVinouze.AdvancedRecyclerView:pagination:${advancedrecyclerview_version}"
  // If you need to handle gestures within your lists
  compile "com.github.StephenVinouze.AdvancedRecyclerView:gesture:${advancedrecyclerview_version}"

Pull requests

I welcome and encourage all pull requests. I might not be able to respond as fast as I would want to but I endeavor to be as responsive as possible.

All PR must:

  1. Be written in Kotlin
  2. Maintain code style
  3. Indicate whether it is a enhancement, bug fix or anything else
  4. Provide a clear description of what your PR brings
  5. Enjoy coding in Kotlin :)