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To show Cover Flow effect on Android

ImageCoverFlow is an open source Android library that allows developers to easily create applications with a cover flow effect to show images. This library does not extend Gallery. Feel free to use it all you want in your Android apps provided that you cite this project and include the license in your app.

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ImageCoverFlow is currently used in some published Android apps:

  1. ICardEnglish
  2. PNP iSerbis

How to Use:

Step One: Add CoverFlowView to your project

  1. Via XML:
    imageCoverFlow:visibleImage="5" />
  1. Programatically (via Java):
CoverFlowView<MyCoverFlowAdapter> mCoverFlowView =
    (CoverFlowView<MyCoverFlowAdapter>) findViewById(;


Step Two: Set an adapter, which extends CoverFlowAdapter:

MyCoverFlowAdapter adapter = new MyCoverFlowAdapter(this);


  • Method setAdapter() should be called after all properties of CoverFlow are settled.
  • If you want to load image dynamically, you can call method notifyDataSetChanged() when bitmaps are loaded.

Step Three: if you want to listen for the click event of the top image, you can set a StateListener to it:

mCoverFlowView.setStateListener(new CoverFlowView.StateListener() {
    public void imageOnTop(CoverFlowView<MyCoverFlowAdapter> view, int position,
            float left, float top, float right,float bottom) {
        // TODO

    public void invalidationCompleted(CoverFlowView view) {
        // TODO

if you want to listen for click events of showing images, you can set a ImageClickListener to it:

mCoverFlowView.setImageClickListener(new CoverFlowView.ImageClickListener() {
            public void onClick(CoverFlowView coverFlowView, int position) {
				// TODO

If you want to listen for long click events of the top image, you can set a ImageLongClickListener to it:

    .setImageLongClickListener(new CoverFlowView.ImageLongClickListener() {
        public void onLongClick(CoverFlowView view, int position) {
            // TODO

Users can use method setSelection(int position) to show a specific position at the top.

If you want to subclass CoverFlowView

  1. You can override method getCustomTransformMatrix() to make more transformations for images (there is some annotated code which shows how to make image y-axis rotation).
  2. You should never override method onLayout() to layout any of CoverFlowView’s children, because all of image will draw on the canvas directly.

Developed By:

Roy Wang (

If you use this library, please let me know.


Copyright 2013 Roy Wang

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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