RecyclerView onClick


Has anyone using RecyclerView found a way to set an onClickListener to items in the RecyclerView? I thought of setting a listener to each of the layouts for each item but that seems a little too much hassle I'm sure there is a way for the RecyclerView to listen for the onClick event but I can't quite figure it out.

This question is tagged with java android android-recyclerview onclick onclicklistener

~ Asked on 2014-06-28 21:27:43

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As the API's have radically changed, It wouldn't surprise me if you were to create an OnClickListener for each item. It isn't that much of a hassle though. In your implementation of RecyclerView.Adapter<MyViewHolder>, you should have:

private final OnClickListener mOnClickListener = new MyOnClickListener();

public MyViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(final ViewGroup parent, final int viewType) {
    View view = LayoutInflater.from(mContext).inflate(R.layout.myview, parent, false);
    return new MyViewHolder(view);

The onClick method:

public void onClick(final View view) {
    int itemPosition = mRecyclerView.getChildLayoutPosition(view);
    String item = mList.get(itemPosition);
    Toast.makeText(mContext, item, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

~ Answered on 2014-06-28 22:15:19


Here is a better and less tightly coupled way to implement an OnClickListener for a RecyclerView.

Snippet of usage:

RecyclerView recyclerView = findViewById(;
    new RecyclerItemClickListener(context, recyclerView ,new RecyclerItemClickListener.OnItemClickListener() {
      @Override public void onItemClick(View view, int position) {
        // do whatever

      @Override public void onLongItemClick(View view, int position) {
        // do whatever

RecyclerItemClickListener implementation:

import android.content.Context;
import android.view.GestureDetector;
import android.view.MotionEvent;
import android.view.View;

public class RecyclerItemClickListener implements RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener {
  private OnItemClickListener mListener;

  public interface OnItemClickListener {
    public void onItemClick(View view, int position);

    public void onLongItemClick(View view, int position);

  GestureDetector mGestureDetector;

  public RecyclerItemClickListener(Context context, final RecyclerView recyclerView, OnItemClickListener listener) {
    mListener = listener;
    mGestureDetector = new GestureDetector(context, new GestureDetector.SimpleOnGestureListener() {
        public boolean onSingleTapUp(MotionEvent e) {
            return true;

        public void onLongPress(MotionEvent e) {
            View child = recyclerView.findChildViewUnder(e.getX(), e.getY());
            if (child != null && mListener != null) {
                mListener.onLongItemClick(child, recyclerView.getChildAdapterPosition(child));

  @Override public boolean onInterceptTouchEvent(RecyclerView view, MotionEvent e) {
    View childView = view.findChildViewUnder(e.getX(), e.getY());
    if (childView != null && mListener != null && mGestureDetector.onTouchEvent(e)) {
      mListener.onItemClick(childView, view.getChildAdapterPosition(childView));
      return true;
    return false;

  @Override public void onTouchEvent(RecyclerView view, MotionEvent motionEvent) { }

  public void onRequestDisallowInterceptTouchEvent (boolean disallowIntercept){}

~ Answered on 2014-10-04 20:22:07

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