Android Create dependencies between Views


You can use the CoordinatorLayout.Behavior to create dependencies between views. You can anchor a View to another View by:

For example, in order to create a Behavior for moving an ImageView when another one is moved (example Toolbar), perform the following steps:

  • Create the custom Behavior:

    public class MyBehavior extends CoordinatorLayout.Behavior<ImageView> {...}
  • Override the layoutDependsOn method returning true. This method is called every time a change occurs to the layout:

    public boolean layoutDependsOn(CoordinatorLayout parent, 
            ImageView child, View dependency) {
        // Returns true to add a dependency.
        return dependency instanceof Toolbar;
  • Whenever the method layoutDependsOn returns true the method onDependentViewChanged is called:

    public boolean onDependentViewChanged(CoordinatorLayout parent, ImageView child, View dependency) {
        // Implement here animations, translations, or movements; always related to the provided dependency.
        float translationY = Math.min(0, dependency.getTranslationY() - dependency.getHeight());