Simple Android navigation library to navigate between fragments in one Activity
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Fragment Navigator

A simple, yet effective Android navigation library to navigate between Fragments in your app.
It assumes your Fragments are all hosted within a single Activity.
Using the Navigator class, it is really easy to go from Fragment to Fragment.

This component also supports Fragments from the support v4 package.

Getting started

Add the component to your app's build.gradle file.

dependencies {
	implementation "nl.rwslinkman.fragmentnavigator:fragment-navigator:1.4"

In some projects, there were difficulties locating the dependency.
You can add this to your repositories section in your Gradle files.

maven {
    url  ""

Setting up your Activity

First, make sure your Activity class extends the NavigatorActivity.
This will be a central control point for your Fragments.

Instantiate the Navigator in the onCreate method.
Also, you must specify the container where your Navigator can work.
This is were all the Fragments will be put in.
Usually, this is a FrameLayout with match_parent dimensions for both width and height.

Provide the first Fragment you want to display, and it will be loaded when opening the app.

public class MyActivity extends NavigatorActivity {

    private Navigator navigator;
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        // Other setup code for your app
        // Setting up the navigator with its first Fragment
        MainFragment fragment = MainFragment.newInstance();
        navigator = new Navigator(getFragmentManager(),;
    public Navigator getNavigator() {
        return mNavigator;

Creating Fragments for the Navigator

The library provides a BaseFragment that you can extend.
It takes care of creating your Fragmen, as well as providing a handle to your NavigatorActivity.

public class MainFragment extends BaseFragment<MyActivity> {
	// Your Fragment code goes here

The BaseFragment class takes a generic argument. You must set your NavigatorActivity there.
This will give access to the following methods:

  • getFragmentActivity which returns the Fragment's host.
  • getNavigator which gets the Navigator from the Activity
  • Any public methods you have in your NavigatorActivity implementation.


With the Navigator you can navigate to another Fragment.
The destination Fragment must also extend BaseFragment.

Anywhere within your Fragment, you can make the Navigator perform actions.


The Navigator allows to navigate backwards using the following method:

boolean didGoBack = getNavigator().goBack();

It will return true when it went back to the previous Fragment.
If there was no previous Fragment, it returns false.
The root Fragment, provided at start(), will never be popped from the stack.

Support library

In case your app uses Fragments from the support v4 package, you can use the support package from the Navigator too.

In every example, replace the following:

import nl.rwslinkman.fragmentnavigator.*;

This is available since version 1.4.