rekire rekire - 4 months ago 12
Android Question

Animate RecyclerView when scrolling

Is there any way to animate the elements of a RecyclerView when I scroll it?

I took a look at

, but that animations seems to be only called if the dataset has changed, please correct me if I am wrong.

I'm a little confused about
when is it called? I put some breakpoints into that class but none of them stops my app.

However back to my question how can I animate the RecyclerView? I want that some elements have another opacity, depended on some custom rules.

I did some more reaseach it seems that animation move is exactly that what I'm looking for. That methods are called from
. Here is the javadoc of that method:

Wrapper around layoutChildren() that handles animating changes caused by layout.
Animations work on the assumption that there are five different kinds of items
in play:

PERSISTENT: items are visible before and after layout

REMOVED: items were visible before layout and were removed by the app

ADDED: items did not exist before layout and were added by the app

DISAPPEARING: items exist in the data set before/after, but changed from
visible to non-visible in the process of layout (they were moved off
screen as a side-effect of other changes)

APPEARING: items exist in the data set before/after, but changed from
non-visible to visible in the process of layout (they were moved on
screen as a side-effect of other changes)

The overall approach figures out what items exist before/after layout and
infers one of the five above states for each of the items. Then the animations
are set up accordingly:

PERSISTENT views are moved ({@link ItemAnimator#animateMove(ViewHolder, int, int, int, int)})
REMOVED views are removed ({@link ItemAnimator#animateRemove(ViewHolder)})

ADDED views are added ({@link ItemAnimator#animateAdd(ViewHolder)})

DISAPPEARING views are moved off screen

APPEARING views are moved on screen

So far I'm looking for PERSISTENT, DISAPPEARING and APPEARING, but that methods are never called because of this line here:

boolean animateChangesSimple = mItemAnimator != null && mItemsAddedOrRemoved
&& !mItemsChanged;

is simply always false so none of that callback are ever reached. Any idea how to set set flag correctly?


I ended in using an OnScrollListener and animating it in a custom animate() method. In my case that code takes just 2ms so that is no problem for the 60fps.

recyclerView.setOnScrollListener(new RecyclerView.OnScrollListener() {
    public void onScrollStateChanged(int newState) {
        if(newState == RecyclerView.SCROLL_STATE_IDLE) {
            // special handler to avoid displaying half elements

    public void onScrolled(int dx, int dy) {