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A search view that implements a floating search bar also known as persistent search

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Floating Search View Android Arsenal

An implementation of a floating search box with search suggestions, also called persistent search bar.

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This project is not being actively maintained. Have a look here for information that might help you make changes to your own copy of the code base.



  1. In your dependencies, add
         compile 'com.github.arimorty:floatingsearchview:2.1.1'
  2. Add a FloatingSearchView to your view hierarchy, and make sure that it takes up the full width and height of the screen
  3. Listen to query changes and provide suggestion items that implement SearchSuggestion


  mSearchView.setOnQueryChangeListener(new FloatingSearchView.OnQueryChangeListener() {
              public void onSearchTextChanged(String oldQuery, final String newQuery) {

              //get suggestions based on newQuery

              //pass them on to the search view

Left action mode:

The left action can be configured as follows:


   app:floatingSearch_leftActionMode="[insert one of the options from table below]"

Listen to hamburger button clicks:

        new FloatingSearchView.OnLeftMenuClickListener() { ...} );          

To quickly connect your NavigationDrawer to the hamburger button:


Listen to home (back arrow) button clicks:

         new FloatingSearchView.OnHomeActionClickListener() { ... });       

Configure menu items:

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Add a menu resource


In the menu resource, set items'

app:showAsAction="[insert one of the options described in the table below]"
never Puts the menu item in the overflow options popup
ifRoom Shows an action icon for the menu if the following conditions are met: 1. The search is not focused. 2. There is enough room for it.
always Shows an action icon for the menu if there is room, regardless of whether the search is focused or not.

Listen for item selections ```
mSearchView.setOnMenuItemClickListener(new FloatingSearchView.OnMenuItemClickListener() { @Override public void onMenuItemSelected(MenuItem item) {


}); ```

Configure suggestion item:

First, implement SearchSuggestion


Set a callback for when a given suggestion is bound to the suggestion list.

For the history icons to show, you would need to implement this. Refer to the sample app for an example implementation. ``` mSearchView.setOnBindSuggestionCallback(new SearchSuggestionsAdapter.OnBindSuggestionCallback() { @Override public void onBindSuggestion(View suggestionView, ImageView leftIcon, TextView textView, SearchSuggestion item, int itemPosition) {

                   //here you can set some attributes for the suggestion's left icon and text. For example,
                   //you can choose your favorite image-loading library for setting the left icon's image. 



Available styling:


RxBinding Extension

The RxBinding library allows you to listen for query changes using RxJava Obervables.

Observable queryObservable = RxFloatingSearchView.queryChanges(view);
queryObservable.doOnNext { query -> Toast.makeText(this, "Query is %s".format(query), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }.subscribe();

The Kotlin Extension

The Kotlin extension adds an extension function to the view for more goodness.

view.queryChanges(5).doOnNext { query -> Toast.makeText(this, "Query is %s".format(query), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }.subscribe()


Copyright (C) 2015 Ari C.

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