added in version 1.0.0
belongs to Maven artifact androidx.recyclerview:recyclerview:1.0.0-beta01


public class RecyclerView
extends ViewGroup implements ScrollingView, NestedScrollingChild2

   ↳ android.view.View
     ↳ android.view.ViewGroup
       ↳ androidx.recyclerview.widget.RecyclerView

A flexible view for providing a limited window into a large data set.

Glossary of terms:

  • Adapter: A subclass of RecyclerView.Adapter responsible for providing views that represent items in a data set.
  • Position: The position of a data item within an Adapter.
  • Index: The index of an attached child view as used in a call to ViewGroup.getChildAt(int). Contrast with Position.
  • Binding: The process of preparing a child view to display data corresponding to a position within the adapter.
  • Recycle (view): A view previously used to display data for a specific adapter position may be placed in a cache for later reuse to display the same type of data again later. This can drastically improve performance by skipping initial layout inflation or construction.
  • Scrap (view): A child view that has entered into a temporarily detached state during layout. Scrap views may be reused without becoming fully detached from the parent RecyclerView, either unmodified if no rebinding is required or modified by the adapter if the view was considered dirty.
  • Dirty (view): A child view that must be rebound by the adapter before being displayed.

Positions in RecyclerView:

RecyclerView introduces an additional level of abstraction between the RecyclerView.Adapter and RecyclerView.LayoutManager to be able to detect data set changes in batches during a layout calculation. This saves LayoutManager from tracking adapter changes to calculate animations. It also helps with performance because all view bindings happen at the same time and unnecessary bindings are avoided.

For this reason, there are two types of position related methods in RecyclerView:

  • layout position: Position of an item in the latest layout calculation. This is the position from the LayoutManager's perspective.
  • adapter position: Position of an item in the adapter. This is the position from the Adapter's perspective.

These two positions are the same except the time between dispatching adapter.notify* events and calculating the updated layout.

Methods that return or receive *LayoutPosition* use position as of the latest layout calculation (e.g. RecyclerView.ViewHolder.getLayoutPosition(), findViewHolderForLayoutPosition(int)). These positions include all changes until the last layout calculation. You can rely on these positions to be consistent with what user is currently seeing on the screen. For example, if you have a list of items on the screen and user asks for the 5th element, you should use these methods as they'll match what user is seeing.

The other set of position related methods are in the form of *AdapterPosition*. (e.g. RecyclerView.ViewHolder.getAdapterPosition(), findViewHolderForAdapterPosition(int)) You should use these methods when you need to work with up-to-date adapter positions even if they may not have been reflected to layout yet. For example, if you want to access the item in the adapter on a ViewHolder click, you should use RecyclerView.ViewHolder.getAdapterPosition(). Beware that these methods may not be able to calculate adapter positions if RecyclerView.Adapter.notifyDataSetChanged() has been called and new layout has not yet been calculated. For this reasons, you should carefully handle NO_POSITION or null results from these methods.

When writing a RecyclerView.LayoutManager you almost always want to use layout positions whereas when writing an RecyclerView.Adapter, you probably want to use adapter positions.

Presenting Dynamic Data

To display updatable data in a RecyclerView, your adapter needs to signal inserts, moves, and deletions to RecyclerView. You can build this yourself by manually calling adapter.notify* methods when content changes, or you can use one of the easier solutions RecyclerView provides:

List diffing with DiffUtil

If your RecyclerView is displaying a list that is re-fetched from scratch for each update (e.g. from the network, or from a database), DiffUtil can calculate the difference between versions of the list. DiffUtil takes both lists as input and computes the difference, which can be passed to RecyclerView to trigger minimal animations and updates to keep your UI performant, and animations meaningful. This approach requires that each list is represented in memory with immutable content, and relies on receiving updates as new instances of lists. This approach is also ideal if your UI layer doesn't implement sorting, it just presents the data in the order it's given.

The best part of this approach is that it extends to any arbitrary changes - item updates, moves, addition and removal can all be computed and handled the same way. Though you do have to keep two copies of the list in memory while diffing, and must avoid mutating them, it's possible to share unmodified elements between list versions.

There are three primary ways to do this for RecyclerView. We recommend you start with ListAdapter, the higher-level API that builds in List diffing on a background thread, with minimal code. AsyncListDiffer also provides this behavior, but without defining an Adapter to subclass. If you want more control, DiffUtil is the lower-level API you can use to compute the diffs yourself. Each approach allows you to specify how diffs should be computed based on item data.

List mutation with SortedList

If your RecyclerView receives updates incrementally, e.g. item X is inserted, or item Y is removed, you can use SortedList to manage your list. You define how to order items, and it will automatically trigger update signals that RecyclerView can use. SortedList works if you only need to handle insert and remove events, and has the benefit that you only ever need to have a single copy of the list in memory. It can also compute differences with SortedList.replaceAll(Object[]), but this method is more limited than the list diffing behavior above.

Paging Library

The Paging library extends the diff-based approach to additionally support paged loading. It provides the PagedList class that operates as a self-loading list, provided a source of data like a database, or paginated network API. It provides convenient list diffing support out of the box, similar to ListAdapter and AsyncListDiffer. For more information about the Paging library, see the library documentation.


Nested classes

class RecyclerView.Adapter<VH extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder>

Base class for an Adapter

Adapters provide a binding from an app-specific data set to views that are displayed within a RecyclerView

class RecyclerView.AdapterDataObserver

Observer base class for watching changes to an RecyclerView.Adapter

interface RecyclerView.ChildDrawingOrderCallback

A callback interface that can be used to alter the drawing order of RecyclerView children. 

class RecyclerView.EdgeEffectFactory

EdgeEffectFactory lets you customize the over-scroll edge effect for RecyclerViews. 

class RecyclerView.ItemAnimator

This class defines the animations that take place on items as changes are made to the adapter. 

class RecyclerView.ItemDecoration

An ItemDecoration allows the application to add a special drawing and layout offset to specific item views from the adapter's data set. 

class RecyclerView.LayoutManager

A LayoutManager is responsible for measuring and positioning item views within a RecyclerView as well as determining the policy for when to recycle item views that are no longer visible to the user. 

class RecyclerView.LayoutParams

LayoutParams subclass for children of RecyclerView

interface RecyclerView.OnChildAttachStateChangeListener

A Listener interface that can be attached to a RecylcerView to get notified whenever a ViewHolder is attached to or detached from RecyclerView. 

class RecyclerView.OnFlingListener

This class defines the behavior of fling if the developer wishes to handle it. 

interface RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener

An OnItemTouchListener allows the application to intercept touch events in progress at the view hierarchy level of the RecyclerView before those touch events are considered for RecyclerView's own scrolling behavior. 

class RecyclerView.OnScrollListener

An OnScrollListener can be added to a RecyclerView to receive messages when a scrolling event has occurred on that RecyclerView. 

class RecyclerView.RecycledViewPool

RecycledViewPool lets you share Views between multiple RecyclerViews. 

class RecyclerView.Recycler

A Recycler is responsible for managing scrapped or detached item views for reuse. 

interface RecyclerView.RecyclerListener

A RecyclerListener can be set on a RecyclerView to receive messages whenever a view is recycled. 

class RecyclerView.SimpleOnItemTouchListener

An implementation of RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener that has empty method bodies and default return values. 

class RecyclerView.SmoothScroller

Base class for smooth scrolling. 

class RecyclerView.State

Contains useful information about the current RecyclerView state like target scroll position or view focus. 

class RecyclerView.ViewCacheExtension

ViewCacheExtension is a helper class to provide an additional layer of view caching that can be controlled by the developer. 

class RecyclerView.ViewHolder

A ViewHolder describes an item view and metadata about its place within the RecyclerView. 

XML attributes





long NO_ID



The RecyclerView is currently being dragged by outside input such as user touch input.


The RecyclerView is not currently scrolling.


The RecyclerView is currently animating to a final position while not under outside control.


Constant for use with setScrollingTouchSlop(int).


Constant for use with setScrollingTouchSlop(int).


Inherited constants

Inherited fields

Public constructors

RecyclerView(Context context)
RecyclerView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs)
RecyclerView(Context context, AttributeSet attrs, int defStyle)

Public methods

void addFocusables(ArrayList<View> views, int direction, int focusableMode)
void addItemDecoration(RecyclerView.ItemDecoration decor, int index)

Add an RecyclerView.ItemDecoration to this RecyclerView.

void addItemDecoration(RecyclerView.ItemDecoration decor)

Add an RecyclerView.ItemDecoration to this RecyclerView.

void addOnChildAttachStateChangeListener(RecyclerView.OnChildAttachStateChangeListener listener)

Register a listener that will be notified whenever a child view is attached to or detached from RecyclerView.

void addOnItemTouchListener(RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener listener)

Add an RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener to intercept touch events before they are dispatched to child views or this view's standard scrolling behavior.

void addOnScrollListener(RecyclerView.OnScrollListener listener)

Add a listener that will be notified of any changes in scroll state or position.

void clearOnChildAttachStateChangeListeners()

Removes all listeners that were added via addOnChildAttachStateChangeListener(OnChildAttachStateChangeListener).

void clearOnScrollListeners()

Remove all secondary listener that were notified of any changes in scroll state or position.

int computeHorizontalScrollExtent()

Compute the horizontal extent of the horizontal scrollbar's thumb within the horizontal range.

int computeHorizontalScrollOffset()

Compute the horizontal offset of the horizontal scrollbar's thumb within the horizontal range.

int computeHorizontalScrollRange()

Compute the horizontal range that the horizontal scrollbar represents.

int computeVerticalScrollExtent()

Compute the vertical extent of the vertical scrollbar's thumb within the vertical range.

int computeVerticalScrollOffset()

Compute the vertical offset of the vertical scrollbar's thumb within the vertical range.

int computeVerticalScrollRange()

Compute the vertical range that the vertical scrollbar represents.

boolean dispatchNestedFling(float velocityX, float velocityY, boolean consumed)
boolean dispatchNestedPreFling(float velocityX, float velocityY)
boolean dispatchNestedPreScroll(int dx, int dy, int[] consumed, int[] offsetInWindow)
boolean dispatchNestedPreScroll(int dx, int dy, int[] consumed, int[] offsetInWindow, int type)

Dispatch one step of a nested scroll in progress before this view consumes any portion of it.

boolean dispatchNestedScroll(int dxConsumed, int dyConsumed, int dxUnconsumed, int dyUnconsumed, int[] offsetInWindow, int type)

Dispatch one step of a nested scroll in progress.

boolean dispatchNestedScroll(int dxConsumed, int dyConsumed, int dxUnconsumed, int dyUnconsumed, int[] offsetInWindow)
void draw(Canvas c)
boolean drawChild(Canvas canvas, View child, long drawingTime)
View findChildViewUnder(float x, float y)

Find the topmost view under the given point.

View findContainingItemView(View view)

Traverses the ancestors of the given view and returns the item view that contains it and also a direct child of the RecyclerView.

RecyclerView.ViewHolder findContainingViewHolder(View view)

Returns the ViewHolder that contains the given view.

RecyclerView.ViewHolder findViewHolderForAdapterPosition(int position)

Return the ViewHolder for the item in the given position of the data set.

RecyclerView.ViewHolder findViewHolderForItemId(long id)

Return the ViewHolder for the item with the given id.

RecyclerView.ViewHolder findViewHolderForLayoutPosition(int position)

Return the ViewHolder for the item in the given position of the data set as of the latest layout pass.

RecyclerView.ViewHolder findViewHolderForPosition(int position)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.0.0. use findViewHolderForLayoutPosition(int) or findViewHolderForAdapterPosition(int)

boolean fling(int velocityX, int velocityY)

Begin a standard fling with an initial velocity along each axis in pixels per second.

View focusSearch(View focused, int direction)

Since RecyclerView is a collection ViewGroup that includes virtual children (items that are in the Adapter but not visible in the UI), it employs a more involved focus search strategy that differs from other ViewGroups.

ViewGroup.LayoutParams generateLayoutParams(AttributeSet attrs)
Adapter getAdapter()

Retrieves the previously set adapter or null if no adapter is set.

int getBaseline()

Return the offset of the RecyclerView's text baseline from the its top boundary.

int getChildAdapterPosition(View child)

Return the adapter position that the given child view corresponds to.

long getChildItemId(View child)

Return the stable item id that the given child view corresponds to.

int getChildLayoutPosition(View child)

Return the adapter position of the given child view as of the latest completed layout pass.

int getChildPosition(View child)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.0.0. use getChildAdapterPosition(View) or getChildLayoutPosition(View).

RecyclerView.ViewHolder getChildViewHolder(View child)

Retrieve the RecyclerView.ViewHolder for the given child view.

boolean getClipToPadding()

Returns whether this RecyclerView will clip its children to its padding, and resize (but not clip) any EdgeEffect to the padded region, if padding is present.

RecyclerViewAccessibilityDelegate getCompatAccessibilityDelegate()

Returns the accessibility delegate compatibility implementation used by the RecyclerView.

void getDecoratedBoundsWithMargins(View view, Rect outBounds)

Returns the bounds of the view including its decoration and margins.

RecyclerView.EdgeEffectFactory getEdgeEffectFactory()

Retrieves the previously set RecyclerView.EdgeEffectFactory or the default factory if nothing was set.

RecyclerView.ItemAnimator getItemAnimator()

Gets the current ItemAnimator for this RecyclerView.

RecyclerView.ItemDecoration getItemDecorationAt(int index)

Returns an RecyclerView.ItemDecoration previously added to this RecyclerView.

int getItemDecorationCount()

Returns the number of RecyclerView.ItemDecoration currently added to this RecyclerView.

RecyclerView.LayoutManager getLayoutManager()

Return the RecyclerView.LayoutManager currently responsible for layout policy for this RecyclerView.

int getMaxFlingVelocity()

Returns the maximum fling velocity used by this RecyclerView.

int getMinFlingVelocity()

Returns the minimum velocity to start a fling.

RecyclerView.OnFlingListener getOnFlingListener()

Get the current RecyclerView.OnFlingListener from this RecyclerView.

boolean getPreserveFocusAfterLayout()

Returns true if the RecyclerView should attempt to preserve currently focused Adapter Item's focus even if the View representing the Item is replaced during a layout calculation.

RecyclerView.RecycledViewPool getRecycledViewPool()

Retrieve this RecyclerView's RecyclerView.RecycledViewPool.

int getScrollState()

Return the current scrolling state of the RecyclerView.

boolean hasFixedSize()
boolean hasNestedScrollingParent()
boolean hasNestedScrollingParent(int type)

Returns true if this view has a nested scrolling parent for the given input type.

boolean hasPendingAdapterUpdates()

Returns whether there are pending adapter updates which are not yet applied to the layout.

void invalidateItemDecorations()

Invalidates all ItemDecorations.

boolean isAnimating()

Returns true if RecyclerView is currently running some animations.

boolean isAttachedToWindow()

Returns true if RecyclerView is attached to window.

boolean isComputingLayout()

Returns whether RecyclerView is currently computing a layout.

boolean isLayoutFrozen()

Returns true if layout and scroll are frozen.

boolean isNestedScrollingEnabled()
void offsetChildrenHorizontal(int dx)

Offset the bounds of all child views by dx pixels.

void offsetChildrenVertical(int dy)

Offset the bounds of all child views by dy pixels.

void onChildAttachedToWindow(View child)

Called when an item view is attached to this RecyclerView.

void onChildDetachedFromWindow(View child)

Called when an item view is detached from this RecyclerView.

void onDraw(Canvas c)
boolean onGenericMotionEvent(MotionEvent event)
boolean onInterceptTouchEvent(MotionEvent e)
void onScrollStateChanged(int state)

Called when the scroll state of this RecyclerView changes.

void onScrolled(int dx, int dy)

Called when the scroll position of this RecyclerView changes.

boolean onTouchEvent(MotionEvent e)
void removeItemDecoration(RecyclerView.ItemDecoration decor)

Remove an RecyclerView.ItemDecoration from this RecyclerView.

void removeItemDecorationAt(int index)

Removes the RecyclerView.ItemDecoration associated with the supplied index position.

void removeOnChildAttachStateChangeListener(RecyclerView.OnChildAttachStateChangeListener listener)

Removes the provided listener from child attached state listeners list.

void removeOnItemTouchListener(RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener listener)

Remove an RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener.

void removeOnScrollListener(RecyclerView.OnScrollListener listener)

Remove a listener that was notified of any changes in scroll state or position.

void requestChildFocus(View child, View focused)
boolean requestChildRectangleOnScreen(View child, Rect rect, boolean immediate)
void requestDisallowInterceptTouchEvent(boolean disallowIntercept)
void requestLayout()
void scrollBy(int x, int y)
void scrollTo(int x, int y)
void scrollToPosition(int position)

Convenience method to scroll to a certain position.

void sendAccessibilityEventUnchecked(AccessibilityEvent event)
void setAccessibilityDelegateCompat(RecyclerViewAccessibilityDelegate accessibilityDelegate)

Sets the accessibility delegate compatibility implementation used by RecyclerView.

void setAdapter(Adapter adapter)

Set a new adapter to provide child views on demand.

void setChildDrawingOrderCallback(RecyclerView.ChildDrawingOrderCallback childDrawingOrderCallback)

Sets the RecyclerView.ChildDrawingOrderCallback to be used for drawing children.

void setClipToPadding(boolean clipToPadding)
void setEdgeEffectFactory(RecyclerView.EdgeEffectFactory edgeEffectFactory)

Set a RecyclerView.EdgeEffectFactory for this RecyclerView.

void setHasFixedSize(boolean hasFixedSize)

RecyclerView can perform several optimizations if it can know in advance that RecyclerView's size is not affected by the adapter contents.

void setItemAnimator(RecyclerView.ItemAnimator animator)

Sets the RecyclerView.ItemAnimator that will handle animations involving changes to the items in this RecyclerView.

void setItemViewCacheSize(int size)

Set the number of offscreen views to retain before adding them to the potentially shared recycled view pool.

void setLayoutFrozen(boolean frozen)

Enable or disable layout and scroll.

void setLayoutManager(RecyclerView.LayoutManager layout)

Set the RecyclerView.LayoutManager that this RecyclerView will use.

void setNestedScrollingEnabled(boolean enabled)
void setOnFlingListener(RecyclerView.OnFlingListener onFlingListener)

Set a RecyclerView.OnFlingListener for this RecyclerView.

void setOnScrollListener(RecyclerView.OnScrollListener listener)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.0.0. Use addOnScrollListener(OnScrollListener) and removeOnScrollListener(OnScrollListener)

void setPreserveFocusAfterLayout(boolean preserveFocusAfterLayout)

Set whether the RecyclerView should try to keep the same Item focused after a layout calculation or not.

void setRecycledViewPool(RecyclerView.RecycledViewPool pool)

Recycled view pools allow multiple RecyclerViews to share a common pool of scrap views.

void setRecyclerListener(RecyclerView.RecyclerListener listener)

Register a listener that will be notified whenever a child view is recycled.

void setScrollingTouchSlop(int slopConstant)

Configure the scrolling touch slop for a specific use case.

void setViewCacheExtension(RecyclerView.ViewCacheExtension extension)

Sets a new RecyclerView.ViewCacheExtension to be used by the Recycler.

void smoothScrollBy(int dx, int dy)

Animate a scroll by the given amount of pixels along either axis.

void smoothScrollBy(int dx, int dy, Interpolator interpolator)

Animate a scroll by the given amount of pixels along either axis.

void smoothScrollToPosition(int position)

Starts a smooth scroll to an adapter position.

boolean startNestedScroll(int axes)
boolean startNestedScroll(int axes, int type)

Begin a nestable scroll operation along the given axes, for the given input type.

void stopNestedScroll()
void stopNestedScroll(int type)

Stop a nested scroll in progress for the given input type.

void stopScroll()

Stop any current scroll in progress, such as one started by smoothScrollBy(int, int), fling(int, int) or a touch-initiated fling.

void swapAdapter(Adapter adapter, boolean removeAndRecycleExistingViews)

Swaps the current adapter with the provided one.

Protected methods

boolean checkLayoutParams(ViewGroup.LayoutParams p)
void dispatchRestoreInstanceState(SparseArray<Parcelable> container)

Override to prevent thawing of any views created by the adapter.

void dispatchSaveInstanceState(SparseArray<Parcelable> container)

Override to prevent freezing of any views created by the adapter.

ViewGroup.LayoutParams generateDefaultLayoutParams()
ViewGroup.LayoutParams generateLayoutParams(ViewGroup.LayoutParams p)
int getChildDrawingOrder(int childCount, int i)
void onAttachedToWindow()
void onDetachedFromWindow()
void onLayout(boolean changed, int l, int t, int r, int b)
void onMeasure(int widthSpec, int heightSpec)
boolean onRequestFocusInDescendants(int direction, Rect previouslyFocusedRect)
void onRestoreInstanceState(Parcelable state)
Parcelable onSaveInstanceState()
void onSizeChanged(int w, int h, int oldw, int oldh)
void removeDetachedView(View child, boolean animate)

Inherited methods