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An Android library makes it easier and more flexible to create multiple types of RecyclerViews.

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Previously, when we need to develop a complex RecyclerView / ListView, it is difficult and troublesome work. We should override the getItemViewType() of RecyclerView.Adapter , add some types, and create some ViewHolders relating to those types. Once we need to add a new item type, we have to go to the original adapter file and modify some old codes carefully, and these adapter classes will get more complicated.

Nowadays, I created a new intuitive and flexible way to easily create complex RecyclerViews, with the MultiType library, we could insert a new item type without changing any old adapter codes and make them more readable.

Getting started

In your build.gradle:

MultiType has been rebuilt based on AndroidX. If you are still using the android support library, please use multitype:3.4.4 and multitype-kotlin:3.4.4.

In addition, since 4.0.0 we have migrated to fully build with Kotlin. If you don't want to use Kotlin, you can use the last stable version multitype:3.5.0 and see 3.x.

dependencies {
  implementation 'me.drakeet.multitype:multitype:4.0.0-alpha3'


Step 1. Create a Kotlin class or data class, for example:

data class Foo(
  val value: String

Step 2. Create a class extends ItemViewBinder<T, VH : ViewHolder>, for example:

class FooViewBinder: ItemViewBinder<Foo, FooViewBinder.ViewHolder>() {

  override fun onCreateViewHolder(inflater: LayoutInflater, parent: ViewGroup): ViewHolder {
    return ViewHolder(inflater.inflate(R.layout.item_foo, parent, false))

  override fun onBindViewHolder(holder: ViewHolder, item: Foo) {
    holder.fooView.text = item.value
    Log.d("ItemViewBinder API", "position: ${getPosition(holder)}")
    Log.d("ItemViewBinder API", "items: $adapterItems")
    Log.d("ItemViewBinder API", "adapter: $adapter")
    Log.d("More", "Context: ${holder.itemView.context}")

  class ViewHolder(itemView : View): RecyclerView.ViewHolder(itemView) {
    val fooView: TextView = itemView.findViewById(

Step 3. register your types and setup your RecyclerView, for example:

class SampleActivity : AppCompatActivity() {

  private lateinit var adapter: MultiTypeAdapter
  private lateinit var items: MutableList<Any>

  override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
    val recyclerView = findViewById<RecyclerView>(

    adapter = MultiTypeAdapter()
    recyclerView.adapter = adapter

    val textItem = TextItem("world")
    val imageItem = ImageItem(R.mipmap.ic_launcher)
    val richItem = RichItem("小艾大人赛高", R.drawable.img_11)

    items = ArrayList()
    for (i in 0..19) {
    adapter.items = items

That's all, you're good to go!

Advanced usage

One to many:

).withKotlinClassLinker { _, data ->
  when (data.type) {
    Data.TYPE_2 -> DataType2ViewBinder::class
    else -> DataType1ViewBinder::class

See OneDataToManyActivity, OneToManyFlow and OneToManyEndpoint for more details.

More methods that you can override from ItemViewBinder:

open fun onBindViewHolder(holder: VH, item: T, payloads: List<Any>)
open fun getItemId(item: T): Long
open fun onViewRecycled(holder: VH)
open fun onFailedToRecycleView(holder: VH): Boolean
open fun onViewAttachedToWindow(holder: VH)
open fun onViewDetachedFromWindow(holder: VH)

Android Studio Plugin

An intellij idea plugin for Android to generate MultiType Item and ItemViewBinder easily.


Pages created with MultiType:


Copyright (c) 2016-present. Drakeet Xu

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