v2.0.4 (Jul 27, 2017)
Aug 21, 2016
Feb 5, 2018 (Retired)
Mateusz Koślacz (mkoslacz)
Mateusz Koślacz (mkoslacz)
Jakub Jodelka (jakubjodelka)
Source code


A Mosby based VIPER library for Android

Why Moviper?

You got tired because of fact that your Activities and Fragments were becoming god classes, so you have migrated to MVP. Now you're tired of your god-class presenters and you just want to stop continuously wondering if you should pass a context to your presenters and make them platform-dependent and harder to mock and test, or maybe you should let your view-activity manage the system connected work. That's why you're here. My Android VIPER interpretation allows you keep your code clean, neat, and more SRP with minimal effort. You can find more info about benefits of using VIPER architecture in this article.

OK, but for every screen I have to create so many files!

To avoid manually creating all VIPER class files and managing their dependencies every time you want to create a new screen I created a generator that does all of necessary work for you. You can find it here.

Great! But I'm used to go with Mosby. What about all of its goodies?

Moviper has all of the Mosby's MVP Views mapped to fit VIPER requirements. Just simply replace Mvp with Viper and let the Android Studio do the autoimport for you.

For example MvpFragment maps to ViperFragment.


Import the selected Moviper modules to your module gradle file. Moviper-rx 2.x.x is built on top of RxJava2. For RxJava1 legacy Moviper version 1.5.0 see below.

dependencies {
    // core modules, in the most common scenario importing one of these two will be enough
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-rx:2.0.4' // RxJava communication based Moviper core (recommended)
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-callbacks:2.0.4' // callbacks communication based Moviper core 
    // Mosby's viewstate Moviper views 
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-viewstate:2.0.4'
    // Butterknife Moviper views
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-butterknife:2.0.4'
    // Butterknife Moviper views with Mosby's viewstate
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-butterknife-viewstate:2.0.4'
    // Databinding Moviper Views 
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-databinding:2.0.4'
    // Databinding Moviper Views Mosby's viewstate
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-databinding-viewstate:2.0.4'
    // Recyclerview Moviper extension, allows you create the Viper classes set for every RecyclerVew cell
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-recyclerview:2.0.4'
    // Butterknife Moviper Recyclerview cells
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-recyclerview-butterknife:2.0.4'
    // Databinding Moviper Recyclerview cells
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-recyclerview-databinding:2.0.4'
    // Android Service Moviper extensions 
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-service:2.0.4'
    // optional testing utils, still beta, it has to be debug-compiled and causes some minor Manifest issues on debug builds
    debugCompile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-test:2.0.4'

RxJava1 legacy version:

dependencies {
    // legacy, RxJava1 based versions of Moviper modules. You can use them with combination of 2.x.x modules not mentioned here
    compile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-rx:1.5.0' 
    debugCompile 'com.mateuszkoslacz.moviper:moviper-test:1.5.0'

If you are upgrading Moviper you should probably check out the Changelog and/or the Migration guide.

Getting started

I strongly recommend you starting with reading a step-by-step tutorial I included in this blog post.

Alternatively you can check out the samples. I recommend starting with sample-super-rx-ai for Java with RxJava and Moviper Showcase repo or sample-super-rx-ai-kotlin for Kotlin with RxJava to see the most powerful Moviper architecture classes.

After that, just create a VIPER files set in your project using Moviper Template Generator, fill up the contract, generate missing methods using Android Studio autofix and implement them. That's simple!

For more basic usage you shall check out:

Samples listing

Advanced features

Args Bundle

You can easily pass extras from your Activity or Fragment to the presenter using Moviper Args Bundle. You can check out how to use it in the Sample's FullscreenPhotoPresenter constructor and its call.

Moviper Inter-Presenter-Communication

Referenced as IPC. It's RxJava based, so it works only on the Rx-flavor of Moviper.

Sample usage available in sample-ipc


Enable IPC in your Application class onCreate() method.

        new Config.Builder()
                .withPresenterAccessUtilEnabled(true) // plain IPC
                .withInstancePresentersEnabled(false) // acces to specific presenters
Plain IPC

You can access all alive Presenters of a given class from any place in your app like this:

        .subscribe(somePresenter -> somePresenter.someMethod(false)); // stream of all Presenters goes here

For readability mark your external methods in the Presenter using the @ExternalCall annotation.

Instance Presenters Access

If you set the withInstancePresentersEnabled in the config to true you can use Instance Presenter Access. After that you must ensure that every Presenter of given class has an unique name. To do so you have to override Presenter String getName() method (in default it returns "default").

After that you can access any Presenter Instance like this:

Moviper.getInstance().getPresenterInstance(SomePresenter.class, "someName")
        .subscribe(somePresenter -> somePresenter.someMethod(false)); // exactly one or zero Presenters with given name and class goes here

VIPER ViewHolders

need importing moviper-recyclerview module

For complex RecyclerView list elements and/or multiple views on RecyclerViewlist you can design your app in the way that treats every list element as a separate VIPER View with its own contract. Generating such ViewHolders is supported in the Moviper Template Generator. For the sample usage check out the sample-recyclerview.

Autoinject Views

AutoInject (Ai) Views that allow you to skip overriding the onCreate(...) / onViewCreated(..) method. Instead, in plain Ai Views you have to provide the layout id by overriding a getLayoutId() method and to perform any view injections, getting references to views etc. by overriding a injectViews() method. In addition, it contains the pre-baked classes, where these methods are already implemented inside of base classes for:

  • Butterknife - moviper-butterknife module (check out sample-rx-ai),
  • DataBinding -moviper-databinding module (just like in sample-super-rx-databinding, but not using passive views),
  • for Kotlin Android Extensions you shall use regular Ai Views from base module (just like in sample-super-rx-ai-kotlin, but not using passive views).

Passive Views

Passive Views (based on AutoInject ones) that enforces developer to create passive views, that are not aware of existence of Presenter. All communication from View to Presenter has to be done through providing Observables with given UI events. It's enforced by the fact that getPresenter() method of this kind of views does not return Presenter of some exact type, but as a general ViperPresenter, so calling any meaningful methods on it is impossible. As in the previous point, it also contains the pre baked classes for:

  • Butterknife - moviper-butterknife module (just like in sample-super-rx-ai-kotlin, but using passive views),
  • DataBinding - moviper-databinding module (check out sample-super-rx-databinding),
  • for Kotlin Android Extensions you shall use regular AiPassive Views from base module (check out sample-super-rx-ai-kotlin).

Choosing Presenter on runtime

A MoviperPresentersDispatcher tool allows you to choose the View's (especially Activity) presenter on the runtime without a need of putting it to the Bundle with all it's limitations or switching in . Sample launching of Activity with given presenter is available in sample-super-rx-ai, in ListingRouting#startUserDetailsActivity(...) here, and adjusting Activity to be started with any presenter that fits the View interface is showcased in UserDetailsActivity#createPresenter() here.

Attaching multiple presenters to the View

ViperPresentersList allows you to easily attach multiple presenters to the Passive Views. Sample usage is very simple and available in sample-super-rx-ai in UserDetailsActivity#createPresenter() here.

Service based VIPERs

Allow you to maintain a uniform architecture between your app's views and services. It includes support for:

  • regular Service's
  • IntentService's

Sample usage is showcased in sample-service

Independent VIPERS

need importing moviper-service module

Allow you to maintain a uniform architecture between your app's views and complex task objects that aren't strictly connected with any specific Android component.

Sample usage available in sample-independent-viper.

Test utils

Optional moviper-test module (see Dependency) contains useful testing tools:

  • FragmentTestRule to perform Fragment instrumentation tests in isolation,
  • MoviperActivityTestRule to perform Viper Activity instrumentation tests with proper cleanup,
  • ViewHolderTestRule to perform Recyclerview's ViewHolder instrumentation tests in isolation,
  • RxAndroidSchedulersOverrideRule to override AndroidSchedulers.mainThread() behaviour in unit tests,
  • ViewHolderUnitTestAcrivity to perform Recyclerview's ViewHolder Robolectric unit tests in isolation,
  • RecyclerViewMatcher to match RecyclerView's contents in Espresso instrumentation tests.

Check out the test modules of the samples to check out how easy is testing with Moviper and to see various usecases of moviper-test module.


This library is built on top of a great Mosby library by Hannes Dorfmann. Check out the project website.

I've also used a Lucas Urbas Interactor implementation idea presented in his Search viper architecture example.

I have followed Publish AAR to jCenter and Maven Central by Lopez Mikhael to publish Moviper to jCenter.

The great thanks for the my team that helped me in Moviper development implementing my ideas under my guidance:


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