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margin – How to add a simple 8dp header/footer to Android's RecyclerView?

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


Is there a way to add a simple header/footer to a RecyclerView?

Here you can see what I’ve got. The first Card touches the Toolbar
This is what I've got

And here you can see what I want. 8dp Padding between the bottom and the Card.
This is what I want to have

Methods I tried so far:

  • Use a header view in my recyclerview. But I think it is very unefficient to do this for every recyclerview.
  • use a 8dp top margin which results in the problem that the recyclerview has white bars on top/bottom when scrolling.
  • add a padding to the list item which results in different margins between the outer and inner cards.
  • I’m sure that there is a simple solution which I don’t know so far.

    How to&Answers:

    Adding a top padding and setting clipToPadding to false will do the trick.
    Something like this:

        android:layout_height="match_parent" />


    If you are using a RecyclerView with a layout_weight, and paddingBottom is not working for you, making sure you set the layout_height to 0dp! Otherwise, strangely, paddingTop works but paddingBottom does not:

    <android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView android:id="@+id/recycler"
        android:layout_height="0dp" />