The Android Arsenal – Views

A RecyclerView that can switch between items and placeholders. This libs doesn’t force a placehoder type, the developer is responsible for creating one, checkout the sample module and see how simple it is.

You can use the best beloved Shimmer-Android, a Lottie animation or even Property Animation. Use your imagination, it’s your placeholder ?

PlaceHolderRecyclerView is distributed through Maven Central, Jcenter and Jitpack.

implementation 'com.github.guilhe:placeholder-recyclerview:${LATEST_VERSION}'


        android:layout_height="match_parent" />
class MyItemsPlaceHolderAdapter : ..., PlaceHolderAdapter { ... }

private val itemsAdapter = MyItemsAdapter()
with(binding.myRecyclerView) {
    adapter = itemsAdapter
    holdersAdapter = MyItemsPlaceHolderAdapter()
    holdersItemDecoration = MyItemsDecoration() //if needed
viewModel.items.observe(this, { itemsAdapter.update(it) })
viewModel.isLoading.observe(this, { isLoading -> binding.myRecyclerView.toggleHoldersAdapter(isLoading) })

Don’t recognise those chinese characters? They’re from an awesome game called Mahjong Lottie animation by puput Santoso


Bugs and Feedback

For bugs, questions and discussions please use the Github Issues.


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