ViewPager Indicator Libraries you should know

November 13, 2016 0 Comments Android, ViewPager, Indicators, UI

When we used to work on View Pager Indicators some years ago, we had only one library that we should know: ViewPagerIndicator. It was an awesome job at the time, but we have to let it go. With four years of inactivity and Material Design that have taken over, we should look to better-suited libraries. The good news? There is plenty of them, and I will cover some of them and show you how they look in this, "I have no time to loose to check them all" blog post.

As usual, try to contribute to the libraries you use daily. It will help us all in the end.

ViewPagerIndicator (Jake Wharton)

8150 stars, 127 issues, 80 Pull Requests, no activity for 4 years. Github, Sample code.

Grandfather of all of them, this library haven't changed for the last four years. I would avoid it for the lack of material ripple effect, and the hard time for theming the TitlePageIndicator. The simple indicators still work well, are easily customizable but no commits for the last years makes me think twice before using it.

compile 'com.github.JakeWharton:ViewPagerIndicator:2.4.1'

Title

Tab clickable but without ripple effect
ViewPagerIndicator Titles

Simple Indicators

ViewPagerIndicator Simple Indicators

Icon

ViewPagerIndicator Icons

PagerSlidingTabStrip (Andreas Stuetz)

5500 stars, 153 issues, 53 Pull Requests, no activity for 3 years. Github, Sample Code.

Same as the previous library, with three years without updates, it doesn't support Material Ripple effect, and you will have to create it by hand. I would prefer the Delight NavigationTabStrip (below) instead.

compile 'com.astuetz:pagerslidingtabstrip:1.0.1'

Title

Tab clickable but without ripple effect
PagerSlidingTabStrip Title

SpringIndicator (Chenupt)

1650 stars, 15 issues, 3 Pull Requests. Github, Sample Code.

I didn't know this one, and I was impressed. Works flawlessly, really easy to configure. I love the sliding effect. Use it for simple indicators like picture libraries (without titles) where it shines.

compile 'com.github.chenupt.android:springindicator:[email protected]'

Simple Indicator

Simple Spring Indicator

Title

Spring Indicator
Spring Indicator

RubberIndicator (Lyndon Chin)

1315 stars, 6 issues, 1 Pull Request. Github

Rubber indicator is a nice discovery too. Inspired by a web version it has a beautiful animation with rebound. I would love to use this library, but it has some drawback. One major bug is unsolved, and there is no activity for some time. If you want theming, only colors are available for now, and you will have a hard time for resizing this view. To finish, you can't find it on JCenter. Jitpack can help you there if you still want to use the gradle compile.

allprojects {  
    repositories {
        [...]
        maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }

compile 'com.github.LyndonChin:AndroidRubberIndicator:ea734614d3'

Design

AndroidRubberIndicator

DevLight NavigationTabTrip

1109 stars, 4 issues, Github

My favorite, I was looking for a material, good looking library for our last product. It's easy to configure in XML. It has some drawbacks; you need to send the title using their setTitle(String... args) method and you can't notifyDataSetChanged(). But I prefer it this way instead of returning a getPageTitle in the adapter (and handling a Context to use the getString()). It can be a problem if your ViewPager titles tend to change often.

allprojects {  
    repositories {
        [...]
        maven { url 'http://dl.bintray.com/gigamole/maven/' }

compile 'com.github.devlight.navigationtabstrip:navigationtabstrip:1.0.4'

Title

Navigation Tab Strip

Stepper Indicator

830 Stars, 6 issues, 2 Pull Requests, Github

Stepper Indicator is the perfect fit for your Onboarding. This library is still young but very promising. Animations are perfect, well executed. Congrats to the developer.

allprojects {  
    repositories {
        [...]
        maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }

compile 'com.github.badoualy:stepper-indicator:1.0.6'

Design

Android Stepper Indicator

Magic Indicator

1000 stars, 2 issues, Github

The most impressive of all the ViewPager Indicator libraries. Simple, it groups all the previous one in a single library. The saddest thing? All commits are in Chinese... I have to be able to see what is changing in the commits without reviewing the code. If you can speak Chinese, don't look further it's the library you need.

allprojects {  
    repositories {
        [...]
        maven { url "https://jitpack.io" }

compile 'com.github.hackware1993:MagicIndicator:1.4.0'

Designs

Magic Indicator

Pager Indicator View (Roman Danylyk)

1017 stars, 0 issues, Github

Circle Indicator library that si the perfect alternative to the ViewPagerIndicator.CircleIndicator. The developer is very reactive, it can be configured easily via XML and the documentation is well written. Just Use It

compile 'com.romandanylyk:pageindicatorview:0.0.7'

Designs

AnimationType.NONE added in 0.0.1
anim<em>prev</em>none

AnimationType.COLOR added in 0.0.1
anim<em>prev</em>color

AnimationType.SCALE added in 0.0.1
anim<em>prev</em>scale

AnimationType.SLIDE added in 0.0.1
anim<em>prev</em>slide

AnimationType.WORM added in 0.0.1
anim<em>prev</em>worm

AnimationType.FILL added in 0.0.6
anim<em>prev</em>worm

AnimationType.THIN_WORM added in 0.0.7
anim<em>prev</em>thin_worm

Ink Page Indicator (David Pacioianu)

200 stars, 8 issues, 1 Pull Request, Github

Very similar to SpringIndicator, the only difference is that the plain circle move last in the animation. Some issues not solved and no activity for the past four months. It stills look like a possible candidate if you need this animation instead of Spring Indicator or PagerIndicatorView library.

compile 'com.pacioianu.david:ink-page-indicator:1.2.0'

Design

Ink Page Indicator

Pod Slider

60 stars, Github

Pod Slider is a little library (not well known but promising) with no issues and a reactive developer. Used for paging and one letter titles.

compile 'com.github.bhargavms:PodSLider:1.2.0'

Design

Pod Slider

Conclusion

We have taken a look at the most used libraries for ViewPager Indicators. It should cover all your needs and if you want to know how to implement it, take a look at this little app I've done for this purpose here on github.

Vincent Dubedout
Montreal
Android developer that settled down in Montreal three years ago. Passionate about Technology, Code, Architecture, Mobile Platforms. Avid cyclist and polo player, enjoying the outdoors.