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A search view that implements a floating search bar also known as persistent search

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Floating Search View Android Arsenal

An implementation of a floating search box with search suggestions, also called persistent search bar.

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This project is not being actively maintained. Have a look here for information that might help you make changes to your own copy of the code base.



  1. In your dependencies, add compile 'com.github.arimorty:floatingsearchview:2.1.1'
  2. Add a FloatingSearchView to your view hierarchy, and make sure that it takes up the full width and height of the screen
  3. Listen to query changes and provide suggestion items that implement SearchSuggestion


  mSearchView.setOnQueryChangeListener(new FloatingSearchView.OnQueryChangeListener() {
              public void onSearchTextChanged(String oldQuery, final String newQuery) {

                  //get suggestions based on newQuery

                  //pass them on to the search view

Left action mode:

The left action can be configured as follows:


   app:floatingSearch_leftActionMode="[insert one of the options from table below]"

Listen to hamburger button clicks:

        new FloatingSearchView.OnLeftMenuClickListener() { ...} );          

To quickly connect your NavigationDrawer to the hamburger button:


Listen to home (back arrow) button clicks:

         new FloatingSearchView.OnHomeActionClickListener() { ... });       

Configure menu items:

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Add a menu resource


In the menu resource, set items' app:showAsAction="[insert one of the options described in the table below]"

never Puts the menu item in the overflow options popup
ifRoom Shows an action icon for the menu if the following conditions are met: 1. The search is not focused. 2. There is enough room for it.
always Shows an action icon for the menu if there is room, regardless of whether the search is focused or not.

Listen for item selections

   mSearchView.setOnMenuItemClickListener(new FloatingSearchView.OnMenuItemClickListener() {
      public void onMenuItemSelected(MenuItem item) {                  


Configure suggestion item:

First, implement SearchSuggestion


Set a callback for when a given suggestion is bound to the suggestion list.

For the history icons to show, you would need to implement this. Refer to the sample app for an example implementation.

   mSearchView.setOnBindSuggestionCallback(new SearchSuggestionsAdapter.OnBindSuggestionCallback() {
            public void onBindSuggestion(View suggestionView, ImageView leftIcon, TextView textView, SearchSuggestion item, int itemPosition) {

                       //here you can set some attributes for the suggestion's left icon and text. For example,
                       //you can choose your favorite image-loading library for setting the left icon's image. 



Available styling:

   <style name="SearchView">
           <item name="floatingSearch_backgroundColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_viewSearchInputTextColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_viewSuggestionItemTextColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_hintTextColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_dividerColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_clearBtnColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_leftActionColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_menuItemIconColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_suggestionRightIconColor"></item>
           <item name="floatingSearch_actionMenuOverflowColor"></item>

RxBinding Extension

The RxBinding library allows you to listen for query changes using RxJava Obervables.

Observable<CharSequence> queryObservable = RxFloatingSearchView.queryChanges(view);
queryObservable.doOnNext { query -> Toast.makeText(this, "Query is %s".format(query), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }.subscribe();

The Kotlin Extension

The Kotlin extension adds an extension function to the view for more goodness.

view.queryChanges(5).doOnNext { query -> Toast.makeText(this, "Query is %s".format(query), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show() }.subscribe()


Copyright (C) 2015 Ari C.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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floatingsearchview open issues Ask a question     (View All Issues)
  • almost 3 years SuggestionRightIcon visibility in 2.0.3
  • almost 3 years onFocus get called every time the fragment created?
  • almost 3 years Help Needed
  • almost 3 years Visible Suggestions manipulation
  • almost 3 years Error when i rotate my device
  • almost 3 years to set focus in Search...
  • almost 3 years Do not want a margin, rounded corners and shadow
  • almost 3 years Content Description for menu itens
  • about 3 years search_suggestions_section should take content's height only
  • about 3 years Can I call swapSuggestions method with no animation?
  • about 3 years Navigation drawer open
  • about 3 years General questions regarding usage
  • about 3 years Set elevation of the searchBar
  • about 3 years search_bar_text_size is too big
  • about 3 years Requesting persistent clear (x) button
  • about 3 years Taking up entire view
  • about 3 years Pagination / listen for scroll to bottom
  • about 3 years Add ability to manipulate the overview menu's items
  • about 3 years Tag releases with git tags, optionally use GitHub releases
  • about 3 years Landscape Mode
  • about 3 years Is it possible to scroll?
  • about 3 years Crash on screen orientation change?
  • about 3 years How to store search suggestions?
  • about 3 years We use your awesome library ;)
  • about 3 years Improve accessibility
  • about 3 years Rendering Problem
  • about 3 years Margin/padding issue
  • over 3 years floatingsearchview disables the scrolling of Recycleview
  • over 3 years How does MenuItem and overflow item styling works?
  • over 3 years NullPointerException with MenuView.filter
floatingsearchview open pull requests (View All Pulls)
  • Fixing restoring search suggestions
  • Updated me.grantland:autofittextview version
  • Fixed crash when changing menu & there are no "ifRoom" items.
  • Highlight code snippets in Readme
  • Merging latest changes from develop into master
  • Add setting to enable/disable animation of right menu on focus
  • Handling back press
  • Fix graphical bugs
  • Fix graphical bugs
  • Feature/scrolling with keyboard opened
  • Add 'set' method to searchInputView's inputType .
  • Set content description in menu items for accessibility services.
  • Hints are visible in landscape mode
  • Updating support libraries
  • Removing idea project files from repo
  • Feature/clear search text callback
  • Improved READMORE to make clear about the history icons
  • Overflow menu improvements
  • Made the text size of the Search Bar configurable via the layout XML
  • Feature/Minor fixes: Add possibility to inflate a custom layout for SearchSuggestions
  • fix issue: #230
  • fix right buttons translations for rtl
  • Improve readability and add some restrictions
  • fixed #291
  • Add possibility to inflate a custom layout for SearchSuggestions
  • Wrong calculation of suggestions list height
  • Wrong suggestions order on restore instance state
  • Fix reversed suggestions
  • Sample crash on null pointer exception
  • Dismiss search on touch suggestions list margins
  • Set Color programmatically or with XML
  • Put selection cursor at the end of SearchInputView
floatingsearchview questions on Stackoverflow (View All Questions)
  • Android FloatingSearchView inside Toolbar
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