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RecyclerView & ListView in Kotlin

In this tutorial, we will learn how to build ListView and RecyclerView with Custom Adapter in Kotlin. Everybody knows what is Listview and Recyclerview. So, without any introduction about them we will jump into the coding part of the Tutorial.

Coding Part

Kotlin ListView Example

We should follow the same steps to create Activity with associated layout file for example MainActivity.kt with activity_main.xml

Create ListView Adapter

Create new class and named as MoviesListViewAdapter and paste the following.
class MoviesListViewAdapter(private val activity: Activity, moviesList: List) : BaseAdapter() {

    private var moviesList = ArrayList()

    init {
        this.moviesList = moviesList as ArrayList

    override fun getCount(): Int {
        return moviesList.size

    override fun getItem(i: Int): Any {
        return i

    override fun getItemId(i: Int): Long {
        return i.toLong()

    @SuppressLint("InflateParams", "ViewHolder")
    override fun getView(i: Int, convertView: View?, viewGroup: ViewGroup): View {
        var vi: View = convertView as View
        val inflater = activity.getSystemService(Context.LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE) as LayoutInflater
        vi = inflater.inflate(R.layout.movie_list_row, null)
        val title = vi.findViewById(
        val genre = vi.findViewById(
        val year = vi.findViewById(
        title.text = moviesList[i].title
        genre.text = moviesList[i].genre
        year.text = moviesList[i].year
        return vi
Then Assign the adapter to ListView like below
listView = findViewById( as ListView
adapter = MoviesListViewAdapter(this, movieList)
(listView as ListView).adapter = adapter

Kotlin RecyclerView Example

Create RecyclerView Adapter

Create new class and named as MoviesRecyclerAdapter and paste the following.
class MoviesRecyclerAdapter(private val moviesList: List) : RecyclerView.Adapter() {

    inner class MyViewHolder(view: View) : RecyclerView.ViewHolder(view) {
        var title: TextView = view.findViewById(
        var year: TextView = view.findViewById(
        var genre: TextView = view.findViewById(


    override fun onCreateViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): MyViewHolder {
        val itemView = LayoutInflater.from(parent.context)
                .inflate(R.layout.movie_list_row, parent, false)

        return MyViewHolder(itemView)

    override fun onBindViewHolder(holder: MyViewHolder, position: Int) {
        val Movies = moviesList[position]
        holder.title.text = Movies.title
        holder.genre.text = Movies.genre
        holder.year.text = Movies.year

    override fun getItemCount(): Int {
        return moviesList.size
Then Assign the adapter to RecyclerView like below
recyclerView = findViewById( as RecyclerView
mAdapter = MoviesRecyclerAdapter(movieList)
val mLayoutManager = LinearLayoutManager(applicationContext)
recyclerView!!.layoutManager = mLayoutManager
recyclerView!!.itemAnimator = DefaultItemAnimator()
recyclerView!!.adapter = mAdapter
In this tutorial, I am not covered the basics of creating listview and recyclerview. You can find the full example in download section

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