Catalog Android Sample App

(CASA or “Home” in Spanish)

A framework to bootstrap the creation of catalog samples apps by removing all the boilerplate and dynamically including all available samples into a single activity.

? Work in-progress: this is an experiment project and it is under heavy development, APIs might change frequently.

Shows the sample app of the framework in action

How to use it

Three main steps:

  1. Setup project structure
  2. Create catalog-app
  3. Create sample modules

Note: you can also check the app-catalog folder for an example.

Setup project structure

Create a project with the following structure (names can be changed):

  • app
  • samples/
    • first
    • second

Note: the framework supports nested folders too (e.g samples/folder/first, samples/folder/second..)

For example, the settings.gradle might look like this:

include ':app'
include ':samples:sampleOne'
include ':samples:sampleTwo'
// ...other samples

Create catalog-app

This will be the application module that wires all the samples under a single app. It requires three steps:

  1. Set up build.gradle
  2. Create the catalog activity and app classes
  3. Setup AndroidManifest.xml

In the app module’s build.gradle include the framework dependencies, Hilt and KAPT plugins:

plugins {
    id ''
    id ''
    id 'kotlin-kapt'
    id ''

android {
    // your app's configuration

dependencies {
    implementation "$version"

    implementation ""
    kapt ""

    // include all module samples.

Then, create a new Activity that extends CatalogActivity and add the Hilt wiring for the Application and Activity entry points:

class MainApp : Application()

class MainActivity : CatalogActivity()

Finally, don’t forget to declare them in the AndroidManifest.xml:

<application android:name=".MainApp" android:allowBackup="true">

    <activity android:name=".MainActivity" android:exported="true">
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />


Create sample modules

Place any new samples under the samples folder and for each new module add the framework dependencies and plugins in their build.gradle files:

plugins {
    id ''
    id 'kotlin-android'
    id 'kotlin-kapt'
    id ""
    id ''

android {
    // your configuration

dependencies {
    implementation "$version"
    ksp "$version"

    implementation ""
    kapt ""

    // other dependencies like compose

Then create as many entry points as desired by annotating any composable function, activity or fragment with the @Sample annotation:

@Sample(name = "Compose sample", "Shows how to add a compose target in the catalog")
fun ComposeSample() {
    Box(Modifier.fillMaxSize()) {
        Text(text = "Hi, I am a compose sample target!")

Each entry point will be automatically included in the main app and displayed for you.


Please contribute! We will gladly review any pull requests. Make sure to read the Contributing page first though.


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