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Bind android shared preference values to field/Views. Read/Write operations of shared preferences are done using the only annotation.

Remember: The PreferenceSpider is like ButterKnife, But this library bind sharedpreferences.


dependencies {
  implementation 'in.moinkhan:preferencespider:alpha-3.0'

  // for java
  annotationProcessor 'in.moinkhan:preferencespider-compiler:alpha-3.0'

  // for kotlin
  kapt 'in.moinkhan:preferencespider-compiler:alpha-3.0'

Field binding with shared preferences of Android which uses annotation processing to generate boilerplate code for you. for detail technical tutorial visit

  • Eliminate creating of preference class by using @Preference on fields.
  • It use code generation instead of reflection to make it faster.
  • Use the preference singleton class for memory efficiency.
  • Eliminate boilerplate code to read/write the preference code.
  • Bind the preference values with views.
  • Apply string formatting on preferences.
  • Can use with your existing preferences.
  • Use native shared preference.
  • Support custom object.
// It will store all perefrences of this class into 'exmamle_preferences' file.
// It is optional.
class ExampleActivity extends Activity {

  // Will use field name as preference key ie. 'spInt', and default shared preference file.
  Integer spInt;

  // Will use given key as preference key, and default shared preference file.
  @Preference(key = "sp_user")
  User spUser;

  // Will use given key as preference key, and return given default value if not found.
  @Preference(key = "sp_remember", defaultValue = "true")
  CheckBox spRememberMe;

  @Override public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // If your target contains the View, make sure it is binded and not null.;
    // TODO Use fields...
  // some event on which you want to save shared preference.
  void onSaveClicked() {
    // somehow you update the value.
    spUser = new User(1, "TestUSer");
    spInt = 50;

    // save this to shared preference.
Non-Activity or Non-Fragment classes
  public class ExampleAdapter extends BaseAdapter {

    @Preference(key = "spUserName")
    String userName;

    ExampleAdapter(Context context) {, context);
      // ...


You can use name attribute to retrieve field from custom preference file name,

  @Preference(name = "my_file", key = "sp_string", defaultValue = "userDefault")
  String spString;

Configure preference file name at application level, So that you don't have to provide it on each field.

  public class MyApplication extends Application {

    public void onCreate() {

Update all fields into shared preferences with their respective keys.


To make field read only use readOnly attribute. (Applying write will not update that field into preference)

  @Preference(key = "sp_boolean", defaultValue = "true", readOnly = true)
  boolean spBoolean;

You can also use the format attribute to make formatted string. e.g Welcome: [Preferece Value]

  @Preference(key = "sp_username", defaultValue = "Guest", format = "Welcome: %s")
  String spString;
  • Currently format attribute is only applicable on string preference.
  • You can give only 1 format specifier, otherwise it throws MissingArgumentException as preference contain single value.
  • Once you apply the format that field will become default readOnly. Because your preferece should not be overwrite with formatted string.
View and Preference Mapping table
Data Type Write Method Read Method Supported Views
String getText() setText() EditText, TextView, CheckedTextView, Button, Chronometer,
<? extends TextView>
String getTitle() setTitle() ToolBar,
<? extends ToolBar>
Integer getProgress() setProgress() ProgressBar, SeekBar,
<? extends ProgressBar>
Integer getValue() setValue() NumberPicker,
<? extends NumberPicker>
Integer getSelectedItem() setSelection() Spinner,
<? extends Spinner>
Boolean getChecked() setChecked() CheckBox, RadioButton, ToggleButton, Switch,
<? extends CompoundButton>
Float getRating() setRating() RatingBar,
<? extends RatingBar>

Don't want to use annotations, I created a singleton preference helper class for you.

  int spInt = PreferenceUtils.getInstance(context).readInt("sp_int");

  User user = PreferenceUtils.getInstance(context).read("spUser", User.class);
You can use following methods.
  // custom object

  <T> T read(String prefsKey, Type type)

  <T> T read(String prefName, String prefsKey, Type type)

  <T> T read(String prefsKey, Class<T> type)

  <T> T read(String prefName, String prefsKey, Class<T> type)

  void write(String prefsKey, Object prefVal)

  void write(String prefName, String prefsKey, Object prefVal)

  // boolean
  boolean readBoolean(String prefsKey)

  boolean readBoolean(String prefsKey, boolean defaultValue)

  boolean readBoolean(String prefName, String prefsKey, boolean defaultValue)

  void writeBoolean(String prefsKey, boolean prefsValue)

  void writeBoolean(String prefName, String prefsKey, boolean prefsValue)

  // double
  double readDouble(String prefsKey)

  double readDouble(String prefsKey, double defaultValue)

  double readDouble(String prefName, String prefsKey, double defaultValue)

  void writeDouble(String prefsKey, double prefsValue)

  void writeDouble(String prefName, String prefsKey, double prefsValue)

  // float
  float readFloat(String prefsKey)

  float readFloat(String prefsKey, float defaultValue)

  float readFloat(String prefName, String prefsKey, float defaultValue)

  void writeFloat(String prefsKey, float prefsValue)

  void writeFloat(String prefName, String prefsKey, float prefsValue)

  // integer
  int readInt(String prefsKey)

  int readInt(String prefsKey, int defaultValue)

  int readInt(String prefName, String prefsKey, int defaultValue)

  void writeInt(String prefsKey, int prefsValue)

  void writeInt(String prefName, String prefsKey, int prefsValue)

  // long
  long readLong(String prefsKey)

  long readLong(String prefsKey, long defaultValue)

  long readLong(String prefName, String prefsKey, long defaultValue)

  void writeLong(String prefsKey, long prefsValue)

  void writeLong(String prefName, String prefsKey, long prefsValue)

  // string
  String readString(String prefsKey)

  String readString(String prefsKey, String defaultValue)

  String readString(String prefName, String prefsKey, String defaultValue)

  void writeString(String prefsKey, String prefsValue)

  void writeString(String prefName, String prefsKey, String prefsValue)

  // String set
  Set<String> readStringSet(String prefsKey)

  Set<String> readStringSet(String prefsKey, Set<String> defaultValue)

  Set<String> readStringSet(String prefName, String prefsKey, Set<String> defaultValue)

  void writeStringSet(String prefsKey, Set<String> prefsValue)

  void writeStringSet(String prefName, String prefsKey, Set<String> prefsValue)


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