Introduction: A fully customizable Android Expandable Selection Drop-down View that pushes views down
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License: MIT MinSdk: 17 write: Kotlin

Expandable selection view is a dropdown selection view that unlike Android Spinners, pushes views down providing a better user experience.

iOS version

Why use it?

  • For a better user and developer experience.
  • You might also be running away from Android spinners, cause you know 💩


Note: This library is only compatible with AndroidX, I'll add compatibility support later on.


In your project level gradle file

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url 'https://jitpack.io' }

In your module level gradle file

dependencies {
    implementation 'com.github.ashrafDoubleO7:ExpandableSelectionView:1.0.1'

Basic Usage

The library provides two views, the ExpandableSingleSelectionView and the ExpandableMultiSelectionView, they both can be used in xml like:


The component requires an ExpandableItemAdapter in order to work, for basic usage you can use an already defined BasicStringAdapter like this:

val genders = listOf(
    "Prefer not to specify"
// Provide a list of strings and an optional hint
val expandableAdapter = BasicStringAdapter(genders, "Select Gender..")

// Set the adapter to the component

// Listen for selections
singleSelectionView.selectionListener = { index: Int? ->
    Toast.makeText(this, "SelectedIndex is $index", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()
// Or in case of the ExpandableMultiSelectionView
multiSelectionView.selectionListener = { indices: List<Int>? ->
    Toast.makeText(this, "SelectedIndices are $indices", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show()

You can also programmatically control the following:

// To get the selected index at any time
val selectedIndex = singleSelectionView.selectedIndex

// Or in case of the ExpandableMultiSelectionView
val selectedIndices = multiSelectionView.selectedIndices

// To clear your selection

// Or in case of the ExpandableMultiSelectionView
// Or
// Or
multiSelectionView.unSelectIndices(listOf(1, 2, 3))

// To select an index programmatically
// Or in case of the ExpandableMultiSelectionView
// Or
multiSelectionView.selectIndices(listOf(1, 2, 3))
/** Note: 
* All selectIndex/Indices functions have an optional parameter that controls notifying the listener
* (notifyListener: Boolean = true)

// Set the component's state

// Set an error to be shown at the bottom of the component (useful in form validation)
singleSelectionView.setError("Please select your gender")
// Or clear it

For a more detailed code example to use the library, please refer to the /sample app.

Design Customizations

You can customize how the component should look and behave through xml using one or more of these attributes:

To change the style of the component, use the following attributes:
Name Type Description Default
background reference Component's background The shape shown in the GIFs
dividerVisibility boolean Controls whether dividers should be shown under each item or not true
scrollBarsVisibility boolean Controls whether the vertical scrollbars should be shown or not true
animationDuration integer The expanding/collapsing animation duration 300 milliseconds
maximumHeight integer Lets you specify the maximum height of the scrollable part of the component INT_MAX (meaning it will by default expand to it's full size)
dividerColor color Allows you to specify a color for the divider if shown #668b999f

And of course it reacts normally to all android: prefix view attributes.

Advanced Usage

If the default look of the component isn't what you're really looking for, you can still use the component but will need to provide your own implementation for the ExpandableItemAdapter like:

(A little bit similar to a header recycler view adapter)

class CustomExpandableItemAdapter : ExpandableItemAdapter {
    override fun inflateHeaderView(parent: ViewGroup): View {
        TODO("Inflate your own header view, and maybe set a hint or a placeholder or something?")

    override fun inflateItemView(parent: ViewGroup): View {
        TODO("Inflate your item view")

    override fun bindItemView(itemView: View, position: Int, selected: Boolean) {
        TODO("This is where you bind your item using it's position and it's selection state," +
                "maybe bind it's info and show/hide it's selection mark?")

    override fun bindHeaderView(headerView: View, selectedIndices: List<Int>) {
        TODO("This is where you bind your header view," +
                "maybe using the selectedIndices to replace the placeholder/hint?")

    override fun onViewStateChanged(headerView: View, state: ExpandableSelectionView.State) {
        TODO("This is where you react to a state change," +
                "maybe you want to toggle a collapsed/expanded drawable?")

    override fun getItemsCount(): Int {
        TODO("This is where you provide the exact number of items expected to be shown.")

You can also check out the BasicStringAdapter as an example implementation.


  • [x] Add select silently parameter to the different select functions.
  • [x] Scroll to first item after expanding.
  • [x] Have more control over auto collapsing the component when a choice is selected.
  • [ ] Add a sample app for the advanced usage of the component.
  • [ ] Allow component height to be customized using the number of items as input.
  • [ ] Allow different types of expanding/collapsing animations.
  • [ ] Allow different interactions to dismiss the component.
  • [ ] Add compatibility support for pre-AndroidX usage.
  • [ ] Add CI/CD to fasten things up.


Pull requests are welcome. For major changes, please open an issue first to discuss what you would like to change.


ExpandableSelectionView is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

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