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Gesture Recycler

This library provides swipe & drag and drop support for RecyclerView. Based on great example from Android-ItemTouchHelper-Demo.



  • item click/long press/double tap listener
  • background views for swipeable items
  • empty view
  • undo
  • swipe
  • long press drag
  • manual mode drag
  • support for different layout managers
  • predefined drag & swipe flags for RecyclerView's layout managers
  • DiffUtil feature
  • header/footer


To use this library in your android project, just simply add the following dependency into your build.gradle

repositories {

dependencies { implementation "com.github.thesurix:gesture-recycler:1.15.0" }

How to use?

// Define your RecyclerView and adapter as usually
val manager = LinearLayoutManager(context)
recyclerView.layoutManager = manager

// Extend GestureAdapter and write your own // ViewHolder items must extend GestureViewHolder val adapter = MonthsAdapter(R.layout.linear_item) = months recyclerView.adapter = adapter

Swipe and drag & drop support:

val gestureManager = GestureManager.Builder(recyclerView)
                 // Enable swipe
                 // Enable long press drag and drop 
                 // Enable manual drag from the beginning, you need to provide View inside your GestureViewHolder
                 // Use custom gesture flags
                 // Do not use those methods if you want predefined flags for RecyclerView layout manager 
                .setSwipeFlags(ItemTouchHelper.LEFT or ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT)
                .setDragFlags(ItemTouchHelper.UP or ItemTouchHelper.DOWN)

Background view for swipeable items:

<!-- Content of the background view (you can use regular layout or ViewStub for better performance)-->
<viewstub android:id="@+id/background_view_stub" android:inflatedid="@+id/background_view" android:layout="@layout/background_view_layout" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent"></viewstub>

<linearlayout android:id="@+id/foreground_view" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="horizontal">
        <!-- Content of the top view -->
    // Override foregroundView, backgroundView() variables in ViewHolder to provide top and bottom view
    open val foregroundView: View
            get() = foreground

open val backgroundView: View?
        get() = background

Different background views:

<!-- Content of the background views -->
<include android:id="@+id/month_background_one" layout="@layout/first_background_item" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:visibility="gone"></include>

<include android:id="@+id/month_background_two" layout="@layout/second_background_item" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:visibility="gone"></include>

<linearlayout android:id="@+id/foreground_view" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="horizontal">
        <!-- Content of the top view -->
    // Override foregroundView variable and getBackgroundView(direction: Int) method in ViewHolder to provide top and bottom views
    open val foregroundView: View
            get() = foreground

override fun getBackgroundView(direction: Int): View? {
        //direction can be ItemTouchHelper.LEFT, ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT, ItemTouchHelper.UP, ItemTouchHelper.DOWN
        if (direction == ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT) {
            return firstBackgroundView
        return secondBackgroundView

Data callbacks:

adapter.setDataChangeListener(object : GestureAdapter.OnDataChangeListener {
                        override fun onItemRemoved(item: MonthItem, position: Int, direction: Int) {

                    override fun onItemReorder(item: MonthItem, fromPos: Int, toPos: Int) {

Data animations:

// Support for data animations
adapter.insert(month, 5)
adapter.swap(2, 5)

// or adapter.setData(months, diffUtilCallback)

// This will interrupt pending animations = months

Item click events:

// Attach DefaultItemClickListener or implement RecyclerItemTouchListener.ItemClickListener
recyclerView.addOnItemTouchListener(RecyclerItemTouchListener(object : DefaultItemClickListener() {

        override fun onItemClick(item: MonthItem, position: Int): Boolean {
            // return true if the event is consumed
            return true

        override fun onItemLongPress(item: MonthItem, position: Int) {

        override fun onDoubleTap(item: MonthItem, position: Int): Boolean {
            // return true if the event is consumed
            return true

Empty view:

< android:id="@+id/recycler_view" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent"></>

<!-- Define your empty view in layout -->
<textview android:id="@+id/empty_view" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:textappearance="@android:style/TextAppearance.Large" android:text="No data"></textview>
// Pass null to disable empty view
val emptyView = view.findViewById(

// or use callback adapter.setEmptyViewVisibilityListener(object : EmptyViewVisibilityListener { override fun onVisibilityChanged(visible: Boolean) { // show/hide emptyView with animation } })


// Undo last data transaction (add, insert, remove, swipe, reorder)

// Set undo stack size adapter.setUndoSize(2)


// Enabled, disable header/footer by builder

// or directly by adapter adaper.setHeaderEnabled(state) adaper.setHeaderEnabled(state)

// if header or footer is enabled then library will pass viewType (TYPE_HEADER_ITEM, TYPE_FOOTER_ITEM) // to onCreateViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int) override fun onCreateViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): GestureViewHolder { return when (viewType) { TYPE_HEADER_ITEM -> { // return header view holder } TYPE_FOOTER_ITEM -> { // return footer view holder } else -> { // return regular view holder } } }

// if getItemViewType(viewPosition: Int) is used in your adapter then // firstly call super.getItemViewType() and check if library wants to handle incoming view type override fun getItemViewType(viewPosition: Int): Int { val handledType = super.getItemViewType(viewPosition) if (handledType > 0) { // library wants to handle this case, simply return return handledType } return yourTypes }


See examples.

To do

  • examples with data binding
  • tests
  • different layouts for different swipe directions


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