RecyclerViewUtils Library Released

Recently, I became tired of writing the same old tedious code for every single RecyclerView and Adpater class I used, that all did the same thing, so I extrapolated all of it into a personal library.

The RecyclerViewUtils library helps make everyone’s life a little easier with a CoreViewHolder and CoreAdapter class, described below.


At the heart of these classes is CoreViewHolder which is a RecyclerView.ViewHolder class used to display an object of a specific type. It has one abstract method for binding an object of that type.

Here is a sample of a CoreviewHolder for Account objects:

   public class AccountViewHolder extends CoreViewHolder<Account> {
      private TextView tvName;
      private TextView tvBalance;
      public AccountViewHolder(View view) {
         this.tvName = (TextView) view.findViewById(;
         this.tvBalance = (TextView) view.findViewById(;
         protected void bindItem(Account item) {


Using the CoreViewHolder class from above, the CoreRecyclerViewAdapter is an abstract base class for using an adapter of objects with a given type. By using a generic type, we were able to override many boilerplate methods such as:

  • add
  • remove
  • swapItems
  • onBindViewHolder

Thanks to this handy utils class, it cuts down on a ton of boilerplate code inside your adapter, and make it very simple:

   public class AccountAdapter extends CoreRecyclerViewAdapter<Account, AccountAdapter.AccountViewHolder>{
      public AccountAdapter(Context context, List<Account> accounts) {
         super(context, accounts);
      public AccountViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
         return new AccountViewHolder(LayoutInflater.from(context).inflate(R.layout.list_item_account, parent, false));
      public class AccountViewHolder extends CoreViewHolder<Account> {

Adam McNeilly

Adam McNeilly
Adam is a Google Developer Expert for Android. He's been developing apps since 2015, and travels the world to present and learn from other Android engineers.

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