RecyclerView is a ViewGroup added to the android studio as a successor of the GridView and ListView. It is an improvement on both of them and can be found in the latest v-7 support packages. It has been created to make possible construction of any lists with XML layouts as an item that can be customized vastly while improving the efficiency of ListViews and GridViews. This improvement is achieved by recycling the views which are out of the visibility of the user. For example, if a user scrolled down to a position where items 4 and 5 are visible; items 1, 2, and 3 would be cleared from the memory to reduce memory consumption. In this article, we will explain how to create Expandable Recycler View items in android. Below is the sample video to show what we are going to build. Note that we are going to implement this project using the Kotlin language.
Step by Step Implementation
Step 1: Create a new project
To create a new project in Android Studio please refer to How to Create/Start a New Project in Android Studio. Note that select Kotlin as the programming language.
Step 2: Add view binding dependency
Go to build.gradle(app) and the following dependency inside the android tag and click sync now.
Step 3: Working with the activity_main.xml
Go to the activity_main.xml file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the activity_main.xml file. It has only a single Recycler view which we will use to show our data.
Step 4: Create a new layout file and name it as single_item.xml file
Go to the single_item.xml file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the single_item.xml file. It is the single item layout that we will use in RecyclerView.
Step 5: Create a new model class
Create a new class Language.kt we will use data of custom generic “Language” to pass in the list that will be shown in RecyclerView.
Step 6: Working with adapter class
Create a new class RvAdapter.kt this will act as an Adapter class for the recycler view. The logic behind the expandable recycler view is that initially, we will make the visibility of layout with id “expanded_view” of “single_item.xml” to GONE and once the user clicks on any item of recycler view we will make its visibility VISIBLE. Comments are added before the code for better understanding.
Step 7: Working with MainActivity.kt
Go to the MainActivity.kt file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the MainActivity.kt file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.
Github Repo here.