An Android custom ListView that implements multiple columns and variable sized elements.

Please note that this is currently in a preview state. This basically means that the API is not fixed and you should expect changes between releases.

Live Demo


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Version 2.0.0 includes a major breaking change to the AsymmetricGridViewAdapter. You now provide
your own adapter to the AsymmetricGridViewAdapter constructor instead of extending it.

In your build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    compile 'com.felipecsl.asymmetricgridview:library:2.0.1'

In your layout xml:


In your activity class:

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    listView = (AsymmetricGridView) findViewById(;

    // Choose your own preferred column width
    listView.setRequestedColumnWidth(Utils.dpToPx(this, 120));
    final List<AsymmetricItem> items = new ArrayList<>();

    // initialize your items array
    adapter = new ListAdapter(this, listView, items);
    AsymmetricGridViewAdapter asymmetricAdapter =
        new AsymmetricGridViewAdapter<>(this, listView, adapter);

Whenever your adapter changes (add or remove items), the grid will automatically reflect those
changes by subscribing to your adapter changes.

Toggle to enable/disable reordering of elements to better fill the grid

// Setting to true will move items up and down to better use the space
// Defaults to false.

listView.isAllowReordering(); // true

Snapshots of the development version are available in Sonatype's snapshots repository.

Works with Android 2.3.x and above.


  • Currently only has good support for items with rowSpan = 2 and columnSpan = 2.
    In the near future it will support different layout configurations.

  • It will work best if you don't have too many items with different sizes. Ideally less
    than 20% of your items are of special sizes, otherwise the library may not find the best
    way to accommodate all the items without leaving a lot of empty space behind.

  • Row layout is too complex, with many nested LinearLayouts. Move to a more flat layout
    with a custom ViewGroup possibly.


  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.