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How to Implement Jetpack View Binding in an Android Project

Android, Jetpack, View Binding1 min read

Jetpack View Binding is a relatively new feature in Android that allows developers to easily access views in their code, without the need for the traditional findViewById method. This can make code cleaner, more efficient, and easier to read.

To implement Jetpack View Binding in your Android project, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have Android Studio 4.2 or higher, as View Binding is only available in the latest version of the IDE.

  2. In your build.gradle file, add the viewBinding option to the buildFeatures section:

1android {
2 buildFeatures {
3 viewBinding = true
4 }
  1. In your XML layout files, give each view you want to bind to a unique ID. For example:
2 android:id="@+id/hello_world"
3 android:layout_width="wrap_content"
4 android:layout_height="wrap_content"
5 android:text="Hello, World!" />
  1. To access the views in your code, you need to create a ViewBinding object for each layout file. To do this, use the layoutNameBinding method, passing in the name of the layout file (without the .xml extension):
1// In MainActivity.kt
3private lateinit var binding: MainActivityBinding
5override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
6 super.onCreate(savedInstanceState)
7 binding = MainActivityBinding.inflate(layoutInflater)
8 setContentView(binding.root)
  1. Once you have a ViewBinding object, you can access the views in the layout by using the corresponding IDs you defined in the XML. For example, to access the hello_world TextView from the previous step, you would use binding.helloWorld.
1// In MainActivity.kt
3binding.helloWorld.text = "Hello, Jetpack View Binding!"

That's it! You have successfully implemented Jetpack View Binding in your Android project. This new feature makes it easier to access views in your code, and can make your code cleaner, more efficient, and easier to read.