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Learn how to get your development environment ready to work with the Data Binding Library, including support for data binding code in Android Studio.

The Data Binding Library offers both flexibility and broad compatibility—it's a support library, so you can use it with devices running Android 4.0 (API level 14) or higher.

We recommend using the latest Android Gradle plugin in your project. However, data binding is supported on version 1.5.0 and higher. For more information, see how to update the Android Gradle plugin.

Build environment

To get started with data binding, download the library from the Support Repository in the Android SDK manager. For more information, see Update the IDE and SDK Tools.

To configure your app to use data binding, enable the dataBinding build option in your build.gradle file in the app module, as shown in the following example:

android {
    buildFeatures {
        dataBinding true

Android Studio support for data binding

Android Studio supports many of the editing features for data binding code. For example, it supports the following features for data binding expressions:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Flagging of expression language syntax errors
  • XML code completion
  • References, including navigation—such as navigating to a declaration—and quick documentation

The Preview pane in the Layout Editor displays the default value of data binding expressions, if provided. For example, the Preview pane displays the my_default value on the TextView widget declared in the following example:

<TextView android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:text="@{user.firstName, default=my_default}"/>

If you need to display a default value only during the design phase of your project, you can use tools attributes instead of default expression values, as described in the Tools attributes reference.

Additional resources

To learn more about data binding, consult the following additional resources.