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RoCk February 2016

Can I Use Only One RecyclerView For The Three Different CardView With Different Design?

Can I create only one recycler_view.xml to handle my three set of cardview.xml with different design? Or Do I need to create separate recyclerView for each one of my cardViews.

For example I have different CardView for News, Activities and Groups.


N J February 2016

Yes you can use getItemViewType()

Depending upon view type inflate different layout for item


public class MyAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<RecyclerView.ViewHolder> {
    class ViewHolder0 extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder {

    class ViewHolder2 extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder {

    public int getItemViewType(int position) {

        return viewType;

    public RecyclerView.ViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
         switch (viewType) {
             case 0: return new ViewHolder0(...);
             case 2: return new ViewHolder2(...);

subrahmanyam boyapati February 2016

Yes we can use multiple cardView. For reference see below link Sample Adapter

Here i am showing list of reviews when no reviews i am displaying no reviews availble. Here i am creating 2 ViewHolders one for my review item and another one for no review available item.


package com.subbu.moviemasti.adapter;

import android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.TextView;

import com.subbu.moviemasti.R;
import com.subbu.moviemasti.entities.Review;
import com.subbu.moviemasti.fragment.IReviewView;

import java.util.List;

import butterknife.Bind;
import butterknife.ButterKnife;

 * Created by subrahmanyam on 24-12-2015.
public class ReviewAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<RecyclerView.ViewHolder> {
    private final List<Review> results;

    public ReviewAdapter(IReviewView reviewFragment, List<Review> results) {
        this.results = results;

    public RecyclerView.ViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
        View view = null;
        RecyclerView.ViewHolder viewHolder = null;
        switch (viewType) {
            case 0:
                view = View.inflate(parent.getContext(), R.layout.list_item_empty_view, null);
                viewHolder = new EmptyViewHolder(view);
            case 1:
                view = View.inflate(parent.getContext(), R.layout.review_list_item, null);
                viewHolder = new ViewHolder(view);
        return viewHolder;

    public void onBindViewHolder(RecyclerView.ViewHolder holder, int position) {
        int viewType = getItemViewType(position);
        switch (viewType) {
            case 0:

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