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This is a high performance listview for React Native and Web with support for complex layouts. JS only with no native dependencies, inspired by both RecyclerView on Android and UICollectionView on iOS.

npm install --save recyclerlistview

For latest beta:
npm install --save recyclerlistview@beta

Note: Documentation will be upgraded soon, for now check code comments for clarity and exploring features. This component is actively tested with React Native Web as well.

Overview and features

RecyclerListView uses "cell recycling" to reuse views that are no longer visible to render items instead of creating new view objects. Creation of objects is very expensive and comes with a memory overhead which means as you scroll through the list the memory footprint keeps going up. Releasing invisible items off memory is another technique but that leads to creation of even more objects and lot of garbage collections. Recycling is the best way to render infinite lists that does not compromise performance or memory efficiency.

Apart from all performance benefits RecyclerListView comes with great features out of the box:

  • Cross Platform, works on Web
  • Supports staggered grid layouts
  • Instant layout switching like going from GridView to ListView and vice versa
  • End reach detections
  • Horizontal Mode
  • Viewability Events
  • Initial render offset/index support
  • Footer support
  • Reflow support on container size change with first visible item preservation
  • Scroll position preservation
  • Window scrolling support for web
  • Non deterministic rendering mode on demand (height cannot be determined before rendering)
  • (New) ItemAnimator interface added, customize to your will how RLV handles layout changes. Allows you to modify animations that move cells. You can do things like smoothly move an item to a new position when height of one of the cells has changed.
  • (New) Stable Id support, ability to associate a stable id with an item. Will enable beautiful add/remove animations and optimize re-renders when DataProvider is updated.
  • (New) Sticky recycler items that stick to either the top or bottom.


RecyclerListView was built with performance in mind which means no blanks while quick scrolls or frame drops. RecyclerListView encourages you to have deterministic heights for items you need to render. This does not mean that you need to have all items of same height and stuff, all you need is a way to look at the data and compute height upfront so that RecyclerListView can compute layout in one pass rather than waiting for the draw to happen. You can still do all sorts of GridViews and ListViews with different types of items which are all recycled in optimal ways. Type based recycling is very easy to do and comes out of the box.

In case you really need non deterministic rendering set forceNonDeterministicRendering prop to true on RecyclerListView. This increases layout thrashing and thus, will not be as fast.


Production Flipkart Grocery Demo Video (or try the app): https://youtu.be/6YqEqP3MmoU
Infinite Loading/View Change (Expo): https://snack.expo.io/@naqvitalha/rlv-demo
Mixed ViewTypes: https://snack.expo.io/B1GYad52b
extendedState,stableIDs and ItemAnimator (Expo): https://snack.expo.io/@arunreddy10/19bb8e
Sample project: https://github.com/naqvitalha/travelMate
Web Sample (Using RNW): https://codesandbox.io/s/k54j2zx977, https://jolly-engelbart-8ff0d0.netlify.com/
Context Preservation Sample: https://github.com/naqvitalha/recyclerlistview-context-preservation-demo

Other Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnv4HMmPgMc

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Prop Required Params Type Description
layoutProvider Yes BaseLayoutProvider Constructor function that defines the layout (height / width) of each element
dataProvider Yes DataProvider Constructor function the defines the data for each element
contextProvider No ContextProvider Used to maintain scroll position in case view gets destroyed, which often happens with back navigation
rowRenderer Yes (type: string | number, data: any, index: number) => JSX.Element | JSX.Element[] | null Method that returns react component to be rendered. You get the type, data, index and extendedState of the view in the callback
initialOffset No number Initial offset you want to start rendering from; This is very useful if you want to maintan scroll context across pages.
renderAheadOffset No number specify how many pixels in advance you want views to be rendered. Increasing this value can help reduce blanks (if any). However, keeping this as low as possible should be the intent. Higher values also increase re-render compute
isHorizontal No boolean If true, the list will operate horizontally rather than vertically
onScroll No rawEvent: ScrollEvent, offsetX: number, offsetY: number) => void On scroll callback function that executes as a user scrolls
onRecreate No (params: OnRecreateParams) => void callback function that gets executed when recreating the recycler view from context provider
externalScrollView No { new (props: ScrollViewDefaultProps): BaseScrollView } Use this to pass your on implementation of BaseScrollView
onEndReached No () => void Callback function executed when the end of the view is hit (minus onEndThreshold if defined)
onEndReachedThreshold No number Specify how many pixels in advance for the onEndReached callback
onVisibleIndicesChanged No TOnItemStatusChanged Provides visible index; helpful in sending impression events
onVisibleIndexesChanged No TOnItemStatusChanged (Deprecated in 2.0 beta) Provides visible index; helpful in sending impression events
renderFooter No () => JSX.Element | JSX.Element[] | null Provide this method if you want to render a footer. Helpful in showing a loader while doing incremental loads
initialRenderIndex No number Specify the initial item index you want rendering to start from. Preferred over initialOffset if both specified
scrollThrottle No number iOS only; Scroll throttle duration
canChangeSize No boolean Specify if size can change
distanceFromWindow No number (Depricated) Use applyWindowCorrection() API with windowShift. Usage?
applyWindowCorrection No (offset: number, windowCorrection: WindowCorrection) => void (Enhancement/replacement to distanceFromWindow API) Allows updation of the visible windowBounds to based on correctional values passed. User can specify windowShift; in case entire RecyclerListWindow needs to shift down/up, startCorrection; in case when top window bound needs to be shifted for e.x. top window bound to be shifted down is a content overlapping the top edge of RecyclerListView, endCorrection: to alter bottom window bound for a similar use-case. Usage?
useWindowScroll No boolean Web only; Layout Elements in window instead of a scrollable div
disableRecycling No boolean Turns off recycling
forceNonDeterministicRendering No boolean Default is false; if enabled dimensions provided in layout provider will not be strictly enforced. Use this if item dimensions cannot be accurately determined
extendedState No object In some cases the data passed at row level may not contain all the info that the item depends upon, you can keep all other info outside and pass it down via this prop. Changing this object will cause everything to re-render. Make sure you don't change it often to ensure performance. Re-renders are heavy.
itemAnimator No ItemAnimator Enables animating RecyclerListView item cells (shift, add, remove, etc)
optimizeForInsertDeleteAnimations No boolean Enables you to utilize layout animations better by unmounting removed items
style No object To pass down style to inner ScrollView
scrollViewProps No object For all props that need to be proxied to inner/external scrollview. Put them in an object and they'll be spread and passed down.

For full feature set have a look at prop definitions of RecyclerListView (bottom of the file). All ScrollView features like RefreshControl also work out of the box.

applyWindowCorrection usage

applyWindowCorrection is used to alter the visible window bounds of the RecyclerListView dynamically. The windowCorrection of RecyclerListView along with the current scroll offset are exposed to the user. The windowCorrection object consists of 3 numeric values:

  • windowShift - Direct replacement of distanceFromWindow parameter. Window shift is the offset value by which the RecyclerListView as a whole is displaced within the StickyContainer, use this param to specify how far away the first list item is from window top. This value corrects the scroll offsets for StickyObjects as well as RecyclerListView.
  • startCorrection - startCorrection is used to specify the shift in the top visible window bound, with which user can receive the correct Sticky header instance even when an external factor like CoordinatorLayout toolbar.
  • endCorrection - endCorrection is used to specify the shift in the bottom visible window bound, with which user can receive correct Sticky Footer instance when an external factor like bottom app bar is changing the visible view bound.

As seen in the example below

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Typescript works out of the box. The only execption is with the inherited Scrollview props. In order for Typescript to work with inherited Scrollview props, you must place said inherited Scrollview props within the scrollViewProps prop.

    refreshControl: (
        onRefresh={async () => {
          this.setState({ loading: true });
          await refetchQueue();
          this.setState({ loading: false });


  • Sample Code
  • Performance
  • Sticky Guide
  • Web Support: Works with React Native Web out of the box. For use with ReactJS start importing from recyclerlistview/web e.g., import { RecyclerListView } from "recyclerlistview/web". Use aliases if you want to preserve import path. Only platform specific code is part of the build so, no unnecessary code will ship with your app.
  • Polyfills Needed: requestAnimationFrame


Apache v2.0

Contact Us

Please open issues for any bugs that you encounter. You can reach out to me on twitter @naqvitalha or, write to cross-platform@flipkart.com for any questions that you might have.


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