Android library that provides the most common functions around recycler view like Swipe to dismiss, Drag and Drop, Divider in the ui, events for when item selected and when not selected, on-click listener for items.

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RecyclerViewHelper provides the most common functions around recycler view like Swipe to dismiss, Drag and Drop, Divider in the ui, events for when item selected and when not selected, on-click listener for items.


RecyclerViewHelper is available in the Jcenter, so getting it as simple as adding it as a dependency

compile 'com.github.nisrulz:recyclerviewhelper:{latest version}'

where {latest version} corresponds to published version in Download

NOTE : The version here corresponds to the version of underlying recyclerview dependency.


    public class MyAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<MyAdapter.ItemViewHolder> implements RVHAdapter {


        public boolean onItemMove(int fromPosition, int toPosition) {
            swap(fromPosition, toPosition);
            return false;

        public void onItemDismiss(int position, int direction) {

        public class ItemViewHolder extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder implements RVHViewHolder {

            public void onItemSelected(int actionstate) {
                System.out.println("Item is selected");

            public void onItemClear() {
                System.out.println("Item is unselected");


        // Helper functions you might want to implement to make changes in the list as an event is fired
        private void remove(int position) {

        private void swap(int firstPosition, int secondPosition) {
            Collections.swap(dataList, firstPosition, secondPosition);
            notifyItemMoved(firstPosition, secondPosition);
   public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

       RecyclerView myrecyclerview;
       ArrayList<String> data;
       MyAdapter adapter;

       protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

           myrecyclerview = (RecyclerView) findViewById(;

           data = new ArrayList<>();

           // Setup your adapter
           adapter = new MyAdapter(data);
           // Setup 
           myrecyclerview.setLayoutManager(new LinearLayoutManager(this));

           // Setup onItemTouchHandler to enable drag and drop , swipe left or right
           ItemTouchHelper.Callback callback = new RVHItemTouchHelperCallback(adapter, true, true,
           ItemTouchHelper helper = new ItemTouchHelper(callback);

           // Set the divider in the recyclerview
           myrecyclerview.addItemDecoration(new RVHItemDividerDecoration(this, LinearLayoutManager.VERTICAL));

           // Set On Click Listener
           myrecyclerview.addOnItemTouchListener(new RVHItemClickListener(this, new RVHItemClickListener.OnItemClickListener() {
               public void onItemClick(View view, int position) {
                   String value = "Clicked Item " + data.get(position) + " at " + position;

                   Log.d("TAG", value);
                   Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, value, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Pull Requests

I welcome and encourage all pull requests. It usually will take me within 24-48 hours to respond to any issue or request. Here are some basic rules to follow to ensure timely addition of your request:

  1. Match coding style (braces, spacing, etc.) This is best achieved using CMD+Option+L (Reformat code) on Mac (not sure for Windows) with Android Studio defaults.
  2. If its a feature, bugfix, or anything please only change code to what you specify.
  3. Please keep PR titles easy to read and descriptive of changes, this will make them easier to merge :)
  4. Pull requests must be made against develop branch. Any other branch (unless specified by the maintainers) will get rejected.
  5. Check for existing issues first, before filing an issue.
  6. Have fun!

Created & Maintained By

Nishant Srivastava (@nisrulz)

Special Credits to Paul Burke and his article which got me thinking

This library contains a modified version of his implementations of ItemTouchHelper.


Copyright 2016 Nishant Srivastava

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