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RecyclerView with GridLayoutManager Android Example

Vishal Shrestha
Today we will be making a Grid View like list using a RecyclerView with GridLayoutManager as shown in the Video below, but let's first talk a little bit about recyclerView; as you might already know a RecyclerView is more advanced, flexible and efficient version of a ListView. If you have large datasets, you should work with RecyclerView instead of ListView for better efficiency and performance. How it does that? Putting simply, recyclerView just uses the views that have been inflated for a row again for new data when needed instead of inflating new views again. RecylerView needs to use LayoutManager that manage measuring and positioning views inside a recyclerView. You can watch the video below where I describe it in a bit more detail.

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A possibility of wWhat you can create with Grid Layout manager

So let's get started and create a RecyclerView with GridLayoutManager:

  1. First of all you need to add dependency to use RecyclerView, add this dependency in your app level gradle file:
    compile ''

  2. After you've added the dependency, you can use recyclerView. Create a new layout, I named it main_activity.xml and add the following code in it:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

            android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

  3. Now that we have the recyclerView ready, let's create a view that will be used by the recyclerView, i.e the view that will be visible to the user as a grid in the GridView of the recyclerView. Create a new XML file and call it recycler_item or anything you want, here's the code:
    <LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

            android:layout_height="80dp" />

            android:layout_height="wrap_content" />


  4. Now that we have our recyclerView and the grid of the recyclerView ready, we can start referencing it in java, but before all that we first need the data that we want to display in the GridView of our RecyclerView. You can download the project from the link below and find the data in strings.xml and drawable folder. After we have our data ready, create a new Java Class, and write the following code in it: Note: You will get an error for now
    RecyclerView rvMain;

        protected void onCreate(@Nullable Bundle savedInstanceState) {
            rvMain = (RecyclerView) findViewById(;
            Bitmap[] logos = new Bitmap[12];
            logos[0] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_apple);
            logos[1] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_fb);
            logos[2] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_google);
            logos[3] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_insta);
            logos[4] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_linkedin);
            logos[5] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_microsoft);
            logos[6] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_myspace);
            logos[7] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_skype);
            logos[8] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_snapchat);
            logos[9] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_twitter);
            logos[10] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_viber);
            logos[11] = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.logo_whatsapp);
            MyAdapter adapter = new MyAdapter(getResources().getStringArray(R.array.company_list), logos);
            rvMain.setLayoutManager(new GridLayoutManager(ActivityMain.this, 2));

  5. The error you are getting in 2 of the last 3 lines is because you are using a custom adapter class but you have not created it yet. The adapter uses a view holder (I explain this in detail in the video) So let's first create a viewHolder class first, create a new class called MyViewHolder and write the following code:
    public class MyViewHolder extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder{

            public ImageView logo;
            public TextView name;

            public MyViewHolder(View itemView) {
                logo = (ImageView)itemView.findViewById(;
                name = (TextView)itemView.findViewById(;

  6. Now we have everything ready, all we need to do is create an Adapter class for our recyclerView. Create a new class called MyAdapter and write the following code in it:
    public class MyAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<MyViewHolder> {

            String[] companyList;
            Bitmap[] logoList;

            public MyAdapter(String[] companyList, Bitmap[] logoList) {
                this.companyList = companyList;
                this.logoList = logoList;

            public MyViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
                View v = LayoutInflater.from(parent.getContext()).inflate(R.layout.recycler_item, parent, false);
                MyViewHolder viewHolder = new MyViewHolder(v);
                return viewHolder;

            public void onBindViewHolder(MyViewHolder holder, final int position) {
                holder.logo.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
                    public void onClick(View v) {
                        Toast.makeText(ActivityMain.this, "This is: " + companyList[position], Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

            public int getItemCount() {
                return companyList.length;

Now we have our RecylerView Ready. You can now run the project and see the results, you will see a gridView like list in the recyclerView. again I recommend going through this video for learning some essential things about recyclerView. That's it for now, if you have any more questions regarding RecyclerView or GridLayoutManager feel free to drop them in the comments section below. Happy Coding! :)

SOURCE CODE DOWNLOAD LINK - RecylerView with GridLayout Manager

Vishal Shrestha / Author & Founder

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