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Android ListView that implements the QuickReturn UI pattern. Written from scratch with focus on performance.

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Android ListView that implements the QuickReturn UI pattern. Written from scratch with focus on performance.


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In your

dependencies {
    // ...
    compile 'com.felipecsl.quickreturn:library:1.5.1'

In your activity class:

private ListView listView;
private ArrayAdapter adapter;
private QuickReturnAttacher quickReturnAttacher;
private TextView quickReturnTarget;

@Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);


// your listView :)
listView = (ListView) findViewById(;

// the quick return target view to be hidden/displayed
quickReturnTarget = (TextView) findViewById(;

// your inner adapter
adapter = new ArrayAdapter<>(this, android.R.layout.simple_list_item_1);

// Wrap your adapter with QuickReturnAdapter
listView.setAdapter(new QuickReturnAdapter(adapter));

// Attach a QuickReturnAttacher, which takes care of all of the hide/show functionality.
quickReturnAttacher = QuickReturnAttacher.forView(listView);

// Add a quick return targetView to the attacher.
// You can pass a position argument (POSITION_TOP or POSITION_BOTTOM).
// You can also optionally pass the size of the target view, which will be used to 
// offset the list height, preventing it from hiding content behind the target view.
quickReturnAttacher.addTargetView(quickReturnTarget, QuickReturnTargetView.POSITION_TOP, 50);

// If you need to add an OnScrollListener to the listView, this is the correct
// way to do so.
// You have to add it on the QuickReturnAttacher instead
// of adding on the listView directly.


Check the sample app for an example of usage.


  • Supports dynamic adapters. That means you can add and remove items from your adapter and it will still work nicely.
  • You don't have to subclass
    in order to use it. Just pass your own adapter to the constructor and you're done.
  • Animated transitions via
  • Supports bottom (footer) quick return position via
  • You can use it with any subclass of
    , including
  • If you're using a
    , you have to tell
    how many columns it has, via its constructor:
  • Automatically adjusts the ListView/GridView to prevent it from being hidden behind the target view, when it is placed at the top of the list.
  • Supports ScrollView as well!
public QuickReturnAdapter(final ListAdapter wrappedAdapter, final int numColumns)

Works with API Level 10 and above.

Known issues/Caveats

  • The Animated Transition will sometimes hide/show randomly when scrolling down very slowly.


Please see the Changelog to check what's recently changed.


Heavily inspired/influenced by the nice work of Roman Nurik's and Nick Butcher's and Lars Werkman's QuickReturnListView


  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

Copyright and license

Code and documentation copyright 2011-2014 Felipe Lima. Code released under the MIT license.

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