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Over-Scroll Support For Android's RecyclerView, ListView, GridView, ScrollView ...

The library provides an iOS-like over-scrolling effect applicable over almost all Android native scrollable views. It is also built to allow for very easy adaptation to support custom views.

The core effect classes are loose-decorators of Android views, and are thus decoupled from the actual view classes' implementations. That allows developers to apply the effect over views while keeping them as untampered 'black-boxes'. Namely, it allows for keeping important optimizations such as view-recycling intact.

RecyclerView demo

Gradle Dependency

Add the following to your module's build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    // ...
    compile 'me.everything:overscroll-decor-android:1.0.4'



Supports both linear and staggered-grid layout managers (i.e. all native Android layouts). Can be easily adapted to support custom layout managers.

RecyclerView recyclerView = (RecyclerView) findViewById(R.id.recycler_view);
// Horizontal
OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpOverScroll(recyclerView, OverScrollDecoratorHelper.ORIENTATION_HORIZONTAL);
// Vertical
OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpOverScroll(recyclerView, OverScrollDecoratorHelper.ORIENTATION_VERTICAL);

RecyclerView with items swiping / dragging

See Advanced Usage.


ListView listView = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.list_view);


GridView gridView = (GridView) findViewById(R.id.grid_view);


ViewPager viewPager = (ViewPager) findViewById(R.id.view_pager);

ScrollView, HorizontalScrollView

ScrollView scrollView = (ScrollView) findViewById(R.id.scroll_view);
HorizontalScrollView horizontalScrollView = (HorizontalScrollView) findViewById(R.id.horizontal_scroll_view);

Any View - Text, Image... (Always Over-Scroll Ready)

View view = findViewById(R.id.demo_view);
// Horizontal
OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpStaticOverScroll(view, OverScrollDecoratorHelper.ORIENTATION_HORIZONTAL);
// Vertical
OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpStaticOverScroll(view, OverScrollDecoratorHelper.ORIENTATION_VERTICAL);

Advanced Usage

// Horizontal RecyclerView
RecyclerView recyclerView = (RecyclerView) findViewById(R.id.recycler_view);
new HorizontalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new RecyclerViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(recyclerView));

// ListView (vertical)
ListView listView = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.list_view);
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new AbsListViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(listView));

// GridView (vertical)
GridView gridView = (GridView) findViewById(R.id.grid_view);
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new AbsListViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(gridView));

// ViewPager
ViewPager viewPager = (ViewPager) findViewById(R.id.view_pager);
new HorizontalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new ViewPagerOverScrollDecorAdapter(viewPager));

// A simple TextView - horizontal
View textView = findViewById(R.id.title);
new HorizontalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new StaticOverScrollDecorAdapter(view));

RecyclerView with ItemTouchHelper based swiping / dragging

As of version 1.0.1, the effect can work smoothly with the RecyclerView's built-in mechanism for items swiping and dragging (based on ItemTouchHelper). BUT, it requires some (very little) explicit configuration work:

// Normally you would attach an ItemTouchHelper & a callback to a RecyclerView, this way:
RecyclerView recyclerView = (RecyclerView) findViewById(R.id.recycler_view);
ItemTouchHelper.Callback myCallback = new ItemTouchHelper.Callback() {
ItemTouchHelper myHelper = new ItemTouchHelper(myCallback);

// INSTEAD of attaching the helper yourself, simply use the dedicated adapter c'tor, e.g.:
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new RecyclerViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(recyclerView, myCallback));

For more info on the swiping / dragging mechanism, try this useful tutorial.

Over-Scroll Listeners

As of version 1.0.2, the effect provides a means for registering listeners of over-scroll related events. There are two types of listeners, as follows.

State-Change Listener

The over-scroll manager dispatches events onto a state-change listener denoting transitions in the effect's state:

// Note: over-scroll is set-up using the helper method.
IOverScrollDecor decor = OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpOverScroll(recyclerView, OverScrollDecoratorHelper.ORIENTATION_HORIZONTAL);

decor.setOverScrollStateListener(new IOverScrollStateListener() {
	public void onOverScrollStateChange(IOverScrollDecor decor, int oldState, int newState) {
	    switch (newState) {
	        case STATE_IDLE:
	            // No over-scroll is in effect.
	        case STATE_DRAG_START_SIDE:
	            // Dragging started at the left-end.
	        case STATE_DRAG_END_SIDE:
	            // Dragging started at the right-end.
	        case STATE_BOUNCE_BACK:
	            if (oldState == STATE_DRAG_START_SIDE) {
	                // Dragging stopped -- view is starting to bounce back from the *left-end* onto natural position.
	            } else { // i.e. (oldState == STATE_DRAG_END_SIDE)
	                // View is starting to bounce back from the *right-end*.

Real-time Updates Listener

The over-scroll manager can also dispatch real-time, as-it-happens over-scroll events denoting the current offset resulting due to an over-scroll being in-effect (the offset thus denotes the current 'intensity').

// Note: over-scroll is set-up by explicity instantiating a decorator rather than using the helper; The two methods can be used interchangeably for registering listeners.
VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator decor = new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new RecyclerViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(recyclerView, itemTouchHelperCallback));

decor.setOverScrollUpdateListener(new IOverScrollUpdateListener() {
    public void onOverScrollUpdate(IOverScrollDecor decor, int state, float offset) {
    	final View view = decor.getView();
    	if (offset > 0) {
    		// 'view' is currently being over-scrolled from the top.
    	} else if (offset < 0) {
    		// 'view' is currently being over-scrolled from the bottom.
    	} else {
    		// No over-scroll is in-effect.
    		// This is synonymous with having (state == STATE_IDLE).

The two type of listeners can be used either separately or in conjunction, depending on your needs. Refer to the demo project's RecyclerView-demo section for actual concrete usage.

Custom Views

public class CustomView extends View {
    // ...
final CustomView view = (CustomView) findViewById(R.id.custom_view);
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new IOverScrollDecoratorAdapter() {

    public View getView() {
        return view;

    public boolean isInAbsoluteStart() {
	    // canScrollUp() is an example of a method you must implement
        return !view.canScrollUp();

    public boolean isInAbsoluteEnd() {
	     // canScrollDown() is an example of a method you must implement
        return !view.canScrollDown();

Effect Behavior Configuration

/// Make over-scroll applied over a list-view feel more 'stiff'
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new AbsListViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(view),
        5f, // Default is 3
// Make over-scroll applied over a list-view bounce-back more softly
new VerticalOverScrollBounceEffectDecorator(new AbsListViewOverScrollDecorAdapter(view),
        -1f // Default is -2

Dynamic Effect Disabling

As of version 1.0.4, the effect can be dynamically disabled (detached) and reenabled (attached) at runtime:

IOverScrollDecor decor = OverScrollDecoratorHelper.setUpOverScroll(view);

// Detach. You are strongly encouraged to only call this when overscroll isn't
// in-effect: Either add getCurrentState()==STATE_IDLE as a precondition,
// or use a state-change listener.
// Attach.

attach() and detach() can be used repeatedly - as necessary, as can be seen in the demo project (refer to action-bar menu in recycler-view demo).


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