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android – RecyclerView inside ScrollView is not working

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I’m trying to implement a layout which contains RecyclerView and ScrollView at the same layout.

Layout template:

    <ScrollView android:id="@+id/myScrollView">
       <unrelated data>...</unrealated data>



Problems: i can scroll until the last element of ScrollView

Things i tried:

  1. card view inside the ScrollView (now ScrollView contains RecyclerView) – can see the card up until the RecyclerView
  2. initial thought was to implement this viewGroup using RecyclerView instead of ScrollView where one of it’s views type is the CardView but i got the exact same results as with the ScrollView
How to&Answers:

use NestedScrollView instead of ScrollView

Please go through NestedScrollView reference document for more information.

and add recyclerView.setNestedScrollingEnabled(false); to your RecyclerView


I know I am late it the game, but the issue still exists even after google has made fix on the android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView

The issue I get now is RecyclerView with layout_height=wrap_content not taking height of all the items issue inside ScrollView that only happens on Marshmallow and Nougat+ (API 23, 24, 25) versions.
(UPDATE: Replacing ScrollView with android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView works on all versions. I somehow missed testing accepted solution. Added this in my github project as demo.)

After trying different things, I have found workaround that fixes this issue.

Here is my layout structure in a nutshell:

  <LinearLayout> (vertical - this is the only child of scrollview)
     <RecyclerView> (layout_height=wrap_content)

The workaround is the wrap the RecyclerView with RelativeLayout. Don’t ask me how I found this workaround!!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />


Complete example is available on GitHub project – https://github.com/amardeshbd/android-recycler-view-wrap-content

Here is a demo screencast showing the fix in action:



Although the recommendation that

you should never put a scrollable view inside another scrollable view

Is a sound advice, however if you set a fixed height on the recycler view it should work fine.

If you know the height of the adapter item layout you could just calculate the height of the RecyclerView.

int viewHeight = adapterItemSize * adapterData.size();
recyclerView.getLayoutParams().height = viewHeight;


In case setting fixed height for the RecyclerView didn’t work for someone (like me), here is what I’ve added to the fixed height solution:

mRecyclerView.addOnItemTouchListener(new RecyclerView.OnItemTouchListener() {
    public boolean onInterceptTouchEvent(RecyclerView rv, MotionEvent e) {
        int action = e.getAction();
        switch (action) {
            case MotionEvent.ACTION_MOVE:
        return false;

    public void onTouchEvent(RecyclerView rv, MotionEvent e) {


    public void onRequestDisallowInterceptTouchEvent(boolean disallowIntercept) {



The new Android Support Library 23.2 solves that problem, you can now set wrap_content as the height of your RecyclerView and works correctly.

Android Support Library 23.2


RecyclerViews are fine to put in ScrollViews so long as they aren’t scrolling themselves. In this case, it makes sense to make it a fixed height.

The proper solution is to use wrap_content on the RecyclerView height and then implement a custom LinearLayoutManager that can properly handle the wrapping.

Copy this LinearLayoutManager into your project: https://github.com/serso/android-linear-layout-manager/blob/master/lib/src/main/java/org/solovyev/android/views/llm/LinearLayoutManager.java

Then wrap the RecyclerView:


And set it up like so:

    RecyclerView list = (RecyclerView)findViewById(R.id.list);
    list.setLayoutManager(new com.example.myapp.LinearLayoutManager(list.getContext()));
    list.setAdapter(new MyViewAdapter(data));

Edit: This can cause complications with scrolling because the RecyclerView can steal the ScrollView’s touch events. My solution was just to ditch the RecyclerView in all and go with a LinearLayout, programmatically inflate subviews, and add them to the layout.


For ScrollView, you could use fillViewport=true and make layout_height="match_parent" as below and put recycler view inside:


No further height adjustment needed through code.


Calculating RecyclerView‘s height manually is not good, better is to use a custom LayoutManager.

The reason for above issue is any view which has it’s scroll(ListView, GridView, RecyclerView) failed to calculate it’s height when add as a child in another view has scroll. So overriding its onMeasure method will solve the issue.

Please replace the default layout manager with the below:

public class MyLinearLayoutManager extends android.support.v7.widget.LinearLayoutManager { private static boolean canMakeInsetsDirty = true; private static Field insetsDirtyField = null; private static final int CHILD_WIDTH = 0; private static final int CHILD_HEIGHT = 1; private static final int DEFAULT_CHILD_SIZE = 100; private final int[] childDimensions = new int[2]; private final RecyclerView view; private int childSize = DEFAULT_CHILD_SIZE; private boolean hasChildSize; private int overScrollMode = ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_ALWAYS; private final Rect tmpRect = new Rect(); @SuppressWarnings("UnusedDeclaration") public MyLinearLayoutManager(Context context) { super(context); this.view = null; } @SuppressWarnings("UnusedDeclaration") public MyLinearLayoutManager(Context context, int orientation, boolean reverseLayout) { super(context, orientation, reverseLayout); this.view = null; } @SuppressWarnings("UnusedDeclaration") public MyLinearLayoutManager(RecyclerView view) { super(view.getContext()); this.view = view; this.overScrollMode = ViewCompat.getOverScrollMode(view); } @SuppressWarnings("UnusedDeclaration") public MyLinearLayoutManager(RecyclerView view, int orientation, boolean reverseLayout) { super(view.getContext(), orientation, reverseLayout); this.view = view; this.overScrollMode = ViewCompat.getOverScrollMode(view); } public void setOverScrollMode(int overScrollMode) { if (overScrollMode < ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_ALWAYS || overScrollMode > ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_NEVER) throw new IllegalArgumentException("Unknown overscroll mode: " + overScrollMode); if (this.view == null) throw new IllegalStateException("view == null"); this.overScrollMode = overScrollMode; ViewCompat.setOverScrollMode(view, overScrollMode); } public static int makeUnspecifiedSpec() { return View.MeasureSpec.makeMeasureSpec(0, View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED); } @Override public void onMeasure(RecyclerView.Recycler recycler, RecyclerView.State state, int widthSpec, int heightSpec) { final int widthMode = View.MeasureSpec.getMode(widthSpec); final int heightMode = View.MeasureSpec.getMode(heightSpec); final int widthSize = View.MeasureSpec.getSize(widthSpec); final int heightSize = View.MeasureSpec.getSize(heightSpec); final boolean hasWidthSize = widthMode != View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED; final boolean hasHeightSize = heightMode != View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED; final boolean exactWidth = widthMode == View.MeasureSpec.EXACTLY; final boolean exactHeight = heightMode == View.MeasureSpec.EXACTLY; final int unspecified = makeUnspecifiedSpec(); if (exactWidth && exactHeight) { // in case of exact calculations for both dimensions let's use default "onMeasure" implementation super.onMeasure(recycler, state, widthSpec, heightSpec); return; } final boolean vertical = getOrientation() == VERTICAL; initChildDimensions(widthSize, heightSize, vertical); int width = 0; int height = 0; // it's possible to get scrap views in recycler which are bound to old (invalid) adapter entities. This // happens because their invalidation happens after "onMeasure" method. As a workaround let's clear the // recycler now (it should not cause any performance issues while scrolling as "onMeasure" is never // called whiles scrolling) recycler.clear(); final int stateItemCount = state.getItemCount(); final int adapterItemCount = getItemCount(); // adapter always contains actual data while state might contain old data (f.e. data before the animation is // done). As we want to measure the view with actual data we must use data from the adapter and not from the // state for (int i = 0; i < adapterItemCount; i++) { if (vertical) { if (!hasChildSize) { if (i < stateItemCount) { // we should not exceed state count, otherwise we'll get IndexOutOfBoundsException. For such items // we will use previously calculated dimensions measureChild(recycler, i, widthSize, unspecified, childDimensions); } else { logMeasureWarning(i); } } height += childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT]; if (i == 0) { width = childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH]; } if (hasHeightSize && height >= heightSize) { break; } } else { if (!hasChildSize) { if (i < stateItemCount) { // we should not exceed state count, otherwise we'll get IndexOutOfBoundsException. For such items // we will use previously calculated dimensions measureChild(recycler, i, unspecified, heightSize, childDimensions); } else { logMeasureWarning(i); } } width += childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH]; if (i == 0) { height = childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT]; } if (hasWidthSize && width >= widthSize) { break; } } } if (exactWidth) { width = widthSize; } else { width += getPaddingLeft() + getPaddingRight(); if (hasWidthSize) { width = Math.min(width, widthSize); } } if (exactHeight) { height = heightSize; } else { height += getPaddingTop() + getPaddingBottom(); if (hasHeightSize) { height = Math.min(height, heightSize); } } setMeasuredDimension(width, height); if (view != null && overScrollMode == ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_IF_CONTENT_SCROLLS) { final boolean fit = (vertical && (!hasHeightSize || height < heightSize)) || (!vertical && (!hasWidthSize || width < widthSize)); ViewCompat.setOverScrollMode(view, fit ? ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_NEVER : ViewCompat.OVER_SCROLL_ALWAYS); } } private void logMeasureWarning(int child) { if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) { Log.w("MyLinearLayoutManager", "Can't measure child #" + child + ", previously used dimensions will be reused." + "To remove this message either use #setChildSize() method or don't run RecyclerView animations"); } } private void initChildDimensions(int width, int height, boolean vertical) { if (childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH] != 0 || childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT] != 0) { // already initialized, skipping return; } if (vertical) { childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH] = width; childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT] = childSize; } else { childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH] = childSize; childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT] = height; } } @Override public void setOrientation(int orientation) { // might be called before the constructor of this class is called //noinspection ConstantConditions if (childDimensions != null) { if (getOrientation() != orientation) { childDimensions[CHILD_WIDTH] = 0; childDimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT] = 0; } } super.setOrientation(orientation); } public void clearChildSize() { hasChildSize = false; setChildSize(DEFAULT_CHILD_SIZE); } public void setChildSize(int childSize) { hasChildSize = true; if (this.childSize != childSize) { this.childSize = childSize; requestLayout(); } } private void measureChild(RecyclerView.Recycler recycler, int position, int widthSize, int heightSize, int[] dimensions) { final View child; try { child = recycler.getViewForPosition(position); } catch (IndexOutOfBoundsException e) { if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) { Log.w("MyLinearLayoutManager", "MyLinearLayoutManager doesn't work well with animations. Consider switching them off", e); } return; } final RecyclerView.LayoutParams p = (RecyclerView.LayoutParams) child.getLayoutParams(); final int hPadding = getPaddingLeft() + getPaddingRight(); final int vPadding = getPaddingTop() + getPaddingBottom(); final int hMargin = p.leftMargin + p.rightMargin; final int vMargin = p.topMargin + p.bottomMargin; // we must make insets dirty in order calculateItemDecorationsForChild to work makeInsetsDirty(p); // this method should be called before any getXxxDecorationXxx() methods calculateItemDecorationsForChild(child, tmpRect); final int hDecoration = getRightDecorationWidth(child) + getLeftDecorationWidth(child); final int vDecoration = getTopDecorationHeight(child) + getBottomDecorationHeight(child); final int childWidthSpec = getChildMeasureSpec(widthSize, hPadding + hMargin + hDecoration, p.width, canScrollHorizontally()); final int childHeightSpec = getChildMeasureSpec(heightSize, vPadding + vMargin + vDecoration, p.height, canScrollVertically()); child.measure(childWidthSpec, childHeightSpec); dimensions[CHILD_WIDTH] = getDecoratedMeasuredWidth(child) + p.leftMargin + p.rightMargin; dimensions[CHILD_HEIGHT] = getDecoratedMeasuredHeight(child) + p.bottomMargin + p.topMargin; // as view is recycled let's not keep old measured values makeInsetsDirty(p); recycler.recycleView(child); } private static void makeInsetsDirty(RecyclerView.LayoutParams p) { if (!canMakeInsetsDirty) { return; } try { if (insetsDirtyField == null) { insetsDirtyField = RecyclerView.LayoutParams.class.getDeclaredField("mInsetsDirty"); insetsDirtyField.setAccessible(true); } insetsDirtyField.set(p, true); } catch (NoSuchFieldException e) { onMakeInsertDirtyFailed(); } catch (IllegalAccessException e) { onMakeInsertDirtyFailed(); } } private static void onMakeInsertDirtyFailed() { canMakeInsetsDirty = false; if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) { Log.w("MyLinearLayoutManager", "Can't make LayoutParams insets dirty, decorations measurements might be incorrect"); } } } 


Try this. Very late answer. But surely help anyone in future.

Set your Scrollview to NestedScrollView

<android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView> <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView> </android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView> </android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView> 

In your Recyclerview

recyclerView.setNestedScrollingEnabled(false); recyclerView.setHasFixedSize(false); 


this answer is out dated now as there are widgets like NestedScrollView and RecyclerView that support nested scrolling.

you should never put a scrollable view inside another scrollable view !

i suggest you make your main layout recycler view and put your views as items of recycler view.

take a look at this example it show how to use multiple views inside recycler view adapter.
link to example


If you put RecyclerView inside NestedScrollView and enable recyclerView.setNestedScrollingEnabled(false);, scrolling will working well.
However, there is a problem

RecyclerView don’t recycle

For example, your RecyclerView (inside NestedScrollView or ScrollView) have 100 item.
When Activity launch, 100 item will create (onCreateViewHolder and onBindViewHolder of 100 item will called at same time).
Example, for each item, you will load a large image from API => activity created -> 100 image will load.
It make starting Activity slowness and lagging.
Possible solution:
– Thinking about using RecyclerView with multiple type.

However, if in your case, there are just a few item in RecyclerView and recycle or don’t recycle don’t affect performance a lot, you can use RecyclerView inside ScrollView for simple


You can use this way either :

Add this line to your recyclerView xml view :


try it ,recyclerview will be smoothly scrolled with flexible height

hope this helped .


It seems that NestedScrollView does solve the problem. I’ve tested using this layout:

<android.support.v4.widget.NestedScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools" android:id="@+id/activity_main" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" > <LinearLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:orientation="vertical" > <TextView android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/dummy_text" /> <android.support.v7.widget.CardView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginLeft="16dp" android:layout_marginRight="16dp" > <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView android:id="@+id/recycler_view" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"/> </android.support.v7.widget.CardView> </LinearLayout> 

And it works without issues


I was having the same problem. That’s what i tried and it works. I am sharing my xml and java code. Hope this will help someone.

Here is the xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 

<ScrollView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"> <LinearLayout android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"> <ImageView android:id="@+id/iv_thumbnail" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="200dp" /> <TextView android:id="@+id/tv_description" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Description" /> <Button android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Buy" /> <TextView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="Reviews" /> <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView android:id="@+id/rc_reviews" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"> </android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView> </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> 

Here is the related java code. It works like a charm.

LinearLayoutManager linearLayoutManager = new LinearLayoutManager(this); linearLayoutManager.setOrientation(LinearLayoutManager.VERTICAL); recyclerView.setLayoutManager(linearLayoutManager); recyclerView.setNestedScrollingEnabled(false); 


This does the trick:



I used CustomLayoutManager to disable RecyclerView Scrolling.
Also don’t use Recycler View as WrapContent, use it as 0dp, Weight=1

public class CustomLayoutManager extends LinearLayoutManager { private boolean isScrollEnabled; // orientation should be LinearLayoutManager.VERTICAL or HORIZONTAL public CustomLayoutManager(Context context, int orientation, boolean isScrollEnabled) { super(context, orientation, false); this.isScrollEnabled = isScrollEnabled; } @Override public boolean canScrollVertically() { //Similarly you can customize "canScrollHorizontally()" for managing horizontal scroll return isScrollEnabled && super.canScrollVertically(); } } 

Use CustomLayoutManager in RecyclerView:

CustomLayoutManager mLayoutManager = new CustomLayoutManager(getBaseActivity(), CustomLayoutManager.VERTICAL, false); recyclerView.setLayoutManager(mLayoutManager); ((DefaultItemAnimator) recyclerView.getItemAnimator()).setSupportsChangeAnimations(false); recyclerView.setAdapter(statsAdapter); 


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <ScrollView xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:background="@drawable/background_main" android:fillViewport="false"> <LinearLayout android:id="@+id/contParentLayout" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical"> <FrameLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"> <edu.aku.family_hifazat.libraries.mpchart.charts.PieChart android:id="@+id/chart1" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_marginBottom="@dimen/x20dp" android:minHeight="@dimen/x300dp"> </edu.aku.family_hifazat.libraries.mpchart.charts.PieChart> </FrameLayout> <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView android:id="@+id/recyclerView" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1"> </android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView> </LinearLayout> </ScrollView> 


Actually the main purpose of the RecyclerView is to compensate for ListView and ScrollView. Instead of doing what you’re actually doing: Having a RecyclerView in a ScrollView, I would suggest having only a RecyclerView that can handle many types of children.


First you should use NestedScrollView instead of ScrollView and put the RecyclerView inside NestedScrollView.

Use Custom layout class to measure the height and width of screen:

public class CustomLinearLayoutManager extends LinearLayoutManager { public CustomLinearLayoutManager(Context context, int orientation, boolean reverseLayout) { super(context, orientation, reverseLayout); } private int[] mMeasuredDimension = new int[2]; @Override public void onMeasure(RecyclerView.Recycler recycler, RecyclerView.State state, int widthSpec, int heightSpec) { final int widthMode = View.MeasureSpec.getMode(widthSpec); final int heightMode = View.MeasureSpec.getMode(heightSpec); final int widthSize = View.MeasureSpec.getSize(widthSpec); final int heightSize = View.MeasureSpec.getSize(heightSpec); int width = 0; int height = 0; for (int i = 0; i < getItemCount(); i++) { if (getOrientation() == HORIZONTAL) { measureScrapChild(recycler, i, View.MeasureSpec.makeMeasureSpec(i, View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED), heightSpec, mMeasuredDimension); width = width + mMeasuredDimension[0]; if (i == 0) { height = mMeasuredDimension[1]; } } else { measureScrapChild(recycler, i, widthSpec, View.MeasureSpec.makeMeasureSpec(i, View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED), mMeasuredDimension); height = height + mMeasuredDimension[1]; if (i == 0) { width = mMeasuredDimension[0]; } } } switch (widthMode) { case View.MeasureSpec.EXACTLY: width = widthSize; case View.MeasureSpec.AT_MOST: case View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED: } switch (heightMode) { case View.MeasureSpec.EXACTLY: height = heightSize; case View.MeasureSpec.AT_MOST: case View.MeasureSpec.UNSPECIFIED: } setMeasuredDimension(width, height); } private void measureScrapChild(RecyclerView.Recycler recycler, int position, int widthSpec, int heightSpec, int[] measuredDimension) { View view = recycler.getViewForPosition(position); recycler.bindViewToPosition(view, position); if (view != null) { RecyclerView.LayoutParams p = (RecyclerView.LayoutParams) view.getLayoutParams(); int childWidthSpec = ViewGroup.getChildMeasureSpec(widthSpec, getPaddingLeft() + getPaddingRight(), p.width); int childHeightSpec = ViewGroup.getChildMeasureSpec(heightSpec, getPaddingTop() + getPaddingBottom(), p.height); view.measure(childWidthSpec, childHeightSpec); measuredDimension[0] = view.getMeasuredWidth() + p.leftMargin + p.rightMargin; measuredDimension[1] = view.getMeasuredHeight() + p.bottomMargin + p.topMargin; recycler.recycleView(view); } } } 

And implement below code in the activity/fragment of RecyclerView:

 final CustomLinearLayoutManager layoutManager = new CustomLinearLayoutManager(this, LinearLayoutManager.VERTICAL, false); recyclerView.setLayoutManager(layoutManager); recyclerView.setAdapter(mAdapter); recyclerView.setNestedScrollingEnabled(false); // Disables scrolling for RecyclerView, CustomLinearLayoutManager used instead of MyLinearLayoutManager recyclerView.setHasFixedSize(false); recyclerView.addOnScrollListener(new RecyclerView.OnScrollListener() { @Override public void onScrolled(RecyclerView recyclerView, int dx, int dy) { super.onScrolled(recyclerView, dx, dy); int visibleItemCount = layoutManager.getChildCount(); int totalItemCount = layoutManager.getItemCount(); int lastVisibleItemPos = layoutManager.findLastVisibleItemPosition(); Log.i("getChildCount", String.valueOf(visibleItemCount)); Log.i("getItemCount", String.valueOf(totalItemCount)); Log.i("lastVisibleItemPos", String.valueOf(lastVisibleItemPos)); if ((visibleItemCount + lastVisibleItemPos) >= totalItemCount) { Log.i("LOG", "Last Item Reached!"); } } }); 


If RecyclerView showing only one row inside ScrollView. You just need to set height of your row to android:layout_height="wrap_content".


you can also override LinearLayoutManager to make recyclerview roll smoothly

@Override public boolean canScrollVertically(){ return false; } 


Sorry being late to the party, but it seems like there is another solution which works perfectly for the case you mentioned.

If you use a recycler view inside a recycler view, it seems to work perfectly fine. I have personally tried and used it, and it seems to give no slowness and no jerkyness at all. Now I am not sure if this is a good practice or not, but nesting multiple recycler views , even nested scroll view slows down. But this seems to work nicely. Please give it a try. I am sure nesting is going to be perfectly fine with this.


**Solution which worked for me
Use NestedScrollView with height as wrap_content

<br> RecyclerView android:layout_width="match_parent"<br> android:layout_height="wrap_content"<br> android:nestedScrollingEnabled="false"<br> app:layoutManager="android.support.v7.widget.LinearLayoutManager" tools:targetApi="lollipop"<br><br> and view holder layout <br> android:layout_width="match_parent"<br> android:layout_height="wrap_content" 

//Your row content goes here