Android: On item click listener for RecyclerView Adapter

RecyclerView.Adapter, unlike its ListView colleague, does not have a item click listener.

You can, however, use a normal View.OnClickListener and then use indexOfChild to get the position of the view in the recycler view.

Add the callback setter to your adapter:

public void setClickListener(View.OnClickListener callback) {
    mClickListener = callback;

And in your onCreateViewHolder set that:

public RecyclerView.ViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
    View v = LayoutInflater.from(parent.getContext()).inflate(R.layout.some_layout, parent, false);
    RecyclerView.ViewHoldre holder = new SomeViewHolder(v);
    holder.itemView.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
        public void onClick(View view) {
    return holder;

Now, outside the adapter, you can fetch the position like so:

YOUR_RECYCLER_ADAPTER.setClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {
        int pos = YOUR_REYCLER_VIEW.indexOfChild(v);

And then pos will have the index of the view.

This is better than having the position passed through in the callback, since any callback binding may have the incorrect position, if the internal position of the views change.

Posted: Friday 11 November 2016, 11:40AM

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