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Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Other Widget    
Latest version: v1.7.1

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DragListView can be used when you want to be able to re-order items in a list, grid or a board. It also supports horizontal swiping of items in a list.

YouTube demo video Android drag and drop list and board


  • Re-order items in a list, grid or board by dragging and dropping with nice animations.
  • Add custom animations when the drag is starting and ending.
  • Get a callback when a drag is started and ended with the position.
  • Disable and enable drag and drop
  • Swipe list items

Download lib with gradle

repositories {

dependencies {
    compile 'com.github.woxthebox:draglistview:1.7.2'

Add this to proguard rules, otherwise animations won't work correctly

-keep class com.woxthebox.draglistview.** { *; }


List and Grid layouts are used as example in the sample project.

For list and grid view use the DragListView.

    mDragListView = (DragListView) view.findViewById(R.id.drag_list_view);
    mDragListView.setDragListListener(new DragListView.DragListListener() {
        public void onItemDragStarted(int position) {
            Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "Start - position: " + position, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onItemDragEnded(int fromPosition, int toPosition) {
            if (fromPosition != toPosition) {
                Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "End - position: " + toPosition, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    mDragListView.setLayoutManager(new LinearLayoutManager(getActivity()));
    ItemAdapter listAdapter = new ItemAdapter(mItemArray, R.layout.list_item, R.id.image, false);

If you want to prevent to drag or drop items at certain positions the use these methods.

    // Prevents to drop an item in the top or bottom

    // Set a callback so you can decide exactly which positions that is allowed to drag from and drop to
    mDragListView.setDragListCallback(new DragListView.DragListCallbackAdapter() {
        public boolean canDragItemAtPosition(int dragPosition) {
            // Can not drag item at position 5
            return dragPosition != 5;

        public boolean canDropItemAtPosition(int dropPosition) {
            // Can not drop item at position 2
            return dropPosition != 2;

A custom drag item can be provided to change the visual appearance of the dragging item.

    mDragListView.setCustomDragItem(new MyDragItem(getActivity(), R.layout.list_item));

    private static class MyDragItem extends DragItem {
        public MyDragItem(Context context, int layoutId) {
            super(context, layoutId);

        public void onBindDragView(View clickedView, View dragView) {
            CharSequence text = ((TextView) clickedView.findViewById(R.id.text)).getText();
            ((TextView) dragView.findViewById(R.id.text)).setText(text);

If you don't want items to automatically reorder when dragging you can disable that with the following code. This will do so you can swap two items instead of reorder one item as you are dragging. You should add a drop target drawable when using this feature to make it clear which item you will swap with when dropping. You can add either a background or foreground drop target drawable, or both.

    mDragListView.setDropTargetDrawables(myBackgroundDrawable, myForeGroundDrawable);

To enable swiping of list items then just set a swipe listener on the DragListView.

    mDragListView.setSwipeListener(new ListSwipeHelper.OnSwipeListenerAdapter() {
        public void onItemSwipeStarted(ListSwipeItem item) {

        public void onItemSwipeEnded(ListSwipeItem item, ListSwipeItem.SwipeDirection swipedDirection) {

            // Swipe to delete on left
            if (swipedDirection == ListSwipeItem.SwipeDirection.LEFT) {
                Pair<Long, String> adapterItem = (Pair<Long, String>) item.getTag();
                int pos = mDragListView.getAdapter().getPositionForItem(adapterItem);

It is also possible to configure how the swiping should work on individual items by changing supported SwipeDirection and the SwipeInStyle.

    public enum SwipeDirection {

    public enum SwipeInStyle {


The swipe item is setup from xml like this. Check out the sample app to see the details. The important thing here is to set the swipeViewId, leftViewId and rightViewId.


For a board, which is a number of horizontal columns with lists, then use BoardView. For an example with custom animations check the sample code. A custom header view can also be used when adding a column. This can be any view and will be attached to the top of the column. There are many different features that you can toggle on the BoardView as seen below. You read about them in the java doc of each method.

    mBoardView = (BoardView) view.findViewById(R.id.board_view);
    mBoardView.setBoardListener(new BoardView.BoardListener() {
        public void onItemDragStarted(int column, int row) {
            Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "Start - column: " + column + " row: " + row, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onItemDragEnded(int fromColumn, int fromRow, int toColumn, int toRow) {
            if (fromColumn != toColumn || fromRow != toRow) {
                Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "End - column: " + toColumn + " row: " + toRow, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onItemChangedPosition(int oldColumn, int oldRow, int newColumn, int newRow) {
            Toast.makeText(mBoardView.getContext(), "Position changed - column: " + newColumn + " row: " + newRow, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onItemChangedColumn(int oldColumn, int newColumn) {
            TextView itemCount1 = (TextView) mBoardView.getHeaderView(oldColumn).findViewById(R.id.item_count);
            itemCount1.setText("" + mBoardView.getAdapter(oldColumn).getItemCount());
            TextView itemCount2 = (TextView) mBoardView.getHeaderView(newColumn).findViewById(R.id.item_count);
            itemCount2.setText("" + mBoardView.getAdapter(newColumn).getItemCount());

        public void onFocusedColumnChanged(int oldColumn, int newColumn) {
            Toast.makeText(getContext(), "Focused column changed from " + oldColumn + " to " + newColumn, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onColumnDragStarted(int position) {
            Toast.makeText(getContext(), "Column drag started from " + position, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onColumnDragChangedPosition(int oldPosition, int newPosition) {
            Toast.makeText(getContext(), "Column changed from " + oldPosition + " to " + newPosition, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        public void onColumnDragEnded(int position) {
            Toast.makeText(getContext(), "Column drag ended at " + position, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
    mBoardView.setBoardCallback(new BoardView.BoardCallback() {
        public boolean canDragItemAtPosition(int column, int dragPosition) {
            // Add logic here to prevent an item to be dragged
            return true;

        public boolean canDropItemAtPosition(int oldColumn, int oldRow, int newColumn, int newRow) {
            // Add logic here to prevent an item to be dropped
            return true;

To set custom column width you can use the method below. /** * @param width the width of columns in both portrait and landscape. This must be called before {@link #addColumn} is * called for the width to take effect. */ public void setColumnWidth(int width)

Methods addColumn and insert column which returns the column view are indicated as deprecated and will be removed in future versions. Instead of them, to add or insert a column you should use ColumnProperties instance, where you can set all necessary parameters to this column.

    LinearLayoutManager layoutManager = mGridLayout ? new GridLayoutManager(getContext(), 4) : new LinearLayoutManager(getContext());
    int backgroundColor = ContextCompat.getColor(getContext(), R.color.column_background);

    ColumnProperties columnProperties = ColumnProperties.Builder.newBuilder(listAdapter)


To add spacing between columns you can use BoardView parameter "columnSpacing" or indicate it programmatically via method "setColumnSpacing(int columnSpacing)" where the space should be indicated in pixels. The space before the first column and after the last one can be added by parameter "boardEdges" or programmatically via method "setBoardEdge(int boardEdge)" where space should be indicated in pixels as well.

To enable dragging and reordering of columns you need to provide a column drag view when adding the column. It is the view that will start the column drag process when long pressed on. You can also implement a custom column drag item to control the visuals and animations. Check out the sample app to see how it is done. If no custom drag item is used a screenshot of the column will be used instead.

mBoardView.setCustomColumnDragItem(new MyColumnDragItem(getActivity(), R.layout.column_drag_layout));
mBoardView.addColumn(listAdapter, header, columnDragView, false);

For your adapter, extend DragItemAdapter and call setItemList() with a List type. setItemList() can be called anytime later to change the list.

public class ItemAdapter extends DragItemAdapter<Pair<Long, String>, ItemAdapter.ViewHolder>
public ItemAdapter(ArrayList<Pair<Long, String>> list, int layoutId, int grabHandleId, boolean dragOnLongPress) {
    mLayoutId = layoutId;
    mGrabHandleId = grabHandleId;
    mDragOnLongPress = dragOnLongPress;

The adapter must provide unique ids for each item with the implementation of the abstract method below.

 * @return a unique id for an item at the specific position.
 public abstract long getUniqueItemId(int position);

Your ViewHolder should extend DragItemAdapter.ViewHolder and you must supply an id of the view that should respond to a drag. You also need to provide a boolean to the super constructor to decide if you want the drag to happen on long press or directly when touching the item. If you want to respond to clicks, long clicks or touch events on the itemView root layout you should not set your own click listeners. You should instead override onItemClick, onItemLongClicked and onItemTouch as these needs to be handled in the super class when disabling and enabling drag.

public class ViewHolder extends DragItemAdapter.ViewHolder {
    public TextView mText;

    public ViewHolder(final View itemView) {
        super(itemView, mGrabHandleId, mDragOnLongPress);
        mText = (TextView) itemView.findViewById(R.id.text);

    public void onItemClicked(View view) {
        Toast.makeText(view.getContext(), "Item clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

    public boolean onItemLongClicked(View view) {
        Toast.makeText(view.getContext(), "Item long clicked", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
        return true;


If you feel like it then drop me a mail at [email protected] and tell me what app you have included this lib in. It is always fun to hear!

Copyright 2014 Magnus Woxblom

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