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Best Android StickyHeader RecyclerView Libraries

There are several options for adding sticky headers in a recyclerview in android. In this article we want to look at some of them with code samples.

(a). SmartHeaderFooterRecyclerView

Easy implements Header & Footer view, Support Liner、Grid、StaggeredLayoutManager, With least modify!

Here are its features:

  1. No need change anyting with your target adapter
  2. It does not interfere with your target adapter position.
  3. It Supports dynamic addition and removal.
  4. Supports LinearLayoutManager & GridLayoutManager and StaggeredLayoutManager
  5. No dependencies code build order

Step 1: Installation

Add the library to your project build.gradle:

implementation 'com.songhang:smart-headerfooter-recyclerview:1.0.1'

Step 2: Code

Here is how we use it:

    RecyclerView.Adapter targetAdapter = new RecyclerView.Adapter() { ... };
      SmartRecyclerAdapter smartRecyclerAdapter = new SmartRecyclerAdapter(targetAdapter);


  1. Download the code from here.
  2. Follow the author from here.

(b). ShrinkingImageLayout

Android layout with an header image sensible to scroll and touch events.

Step 1: Installation

Install it from jitpack:

allprojects {
  repositories {
    maven { url "" }


implementation 'com.github.PierfrancescoSoffritti:ShrinkingImageLayout:0.4'

Step 2: Layout

Add XML Layout:

    android:layout_height="match_parent" />

Step 3: Code

Then in your code:

shrinkingImageLayout.setupRecyclerView(new RecyclerView(this), new LinearLayoutManager(this), new Adapter(getData()));

To add a header on your recyclerview call the method below:


The header can be any View object.

To get a reference to the header imageview:


On API 21+ the ImageView automatically handles its Z animation when scrolled and touched.


  1. Download code here.
  2. Follow library author here.

(c). StickyHeaders

Adapter and LayoutManager for Android RecyclerView which enables sticky header positioning. StickyHeaders are section headers in a RecyclerView which are positioned "stickily" to the top of the scrollview during scrolling. A common use-case is an address book where the list of people's last names are grouped into sections by the first letter of the last name, and the header for each section shows that letter..

StickyHeaders uses androidx.recyclerview.* You can use sectioning adapter with a normal androidx.recyclerview.widget.LinearLayoutManager. it works fine, and could be a good way to implement a list like at the root of Android's Settings app.

Step 1: Installation

Install the library using the following statement:

implementation 'org.zakariya.stickyheaders:stickyheaders:0.7.10'

Step 2: Code

To use StickyHeaders, you need to do two things.

  1. Implement an adapter by subclassing org.zakariya.stickyheaders.SectioningAdapter.
  2. Assign a org.zakariya.stickyheaders.StickyHeaderLayoutManager to your recyclerview.
  3. When handling modifications to your dataset, never call theRecyclerView.Adapter::notify methods, instead, call the corresponding methods in org.zakariya.stickyheaders.SectioningAdapter::notifySection. The reason for this is SectioningAdapter maintains internal state, and the notifySection methods are tailored for adding and removing sections, adding and removing items from sections, etc.


  1. Download code here.
  2. Follow library author here.