Simple Android Library, that provides easy way to start the Activities with arguments.

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Android Library that provides simpler way to start the Activities with multiple arguments.

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Library bindes fields to Actity, Fragment, Service or Receiver arguments and generates simple starters. Thanks to that you can:

  • Eliminate all putExtra and getXXXExtra methods
  • Forget about all keys that were used to pass arguments (unless you want to define custom onces)
  • Start liking starting flags and intent creation


Full documentation is located here. Here is TOC:

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With ActivityStarter, to pass arguments to Activity, Fragment, Service or BroadcastReceiver, all you need is @Arg annotation before parameters that needs to be passed:

public class MainActivity extends BaseActivity {

    @Arg String name;
    @Arg int id;
    @Arg char grade;
    @Arg boolean passing;

And ActivityStarter.fill(this, savedInstanceState); in BaseActivity:

class BaseActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        ActivityStarter.fill(this, savedInstanceState);

    @Override // This is optional, only when we want to keep arguments changes in case of rotation etc.
    protected void onSaveInstanceState(Bundle outState) {
        super.onSaveInstanceState(outState);, outState);

Then, you can start Activity using generated starter:

MainActivityStarter.start(context, name, id, grade, passing);

Similar way, you can take Intent or start activity with flags:

MainActivityStarter.getIntent(context, name, id, grade, passing);
MainActivityStarter.startWithFlags(context, name, id, grade, passing, FLAG_ACTIVITY_SINGLE_TOP);

Arguments can be passed to Activities, Fragments, Services or BroadcastReceiver. Arguments can also be Optional.


You can make optional arguments:

public class MainActivity extends BaseActivity {

    @Arg(optional = true) String name;
    @Arg(optional = true) long id = -1;

Then additional generators with not all arguments will be created

MainActivityStarter.start(context, name);
MainActivityStarter.start(context, id);
MainActivityStarter.start(context, name, id);

Further reading here.


ActivityStarter is supporting Kotlin to allow properties that are not-null and both read-write or read-only:

class StudentDataActivity : BaseActivity() {

    @get:Arg(optional = true) var name: String by argExtra(defaultName)
    @get:Arg(optional = true) val id: Int by argExtra(defaultId)
    @get:Arg var grade: Char  by argExtra()
    @get:Arg val passing: Boolean by argExtra()

Values are taken lazily and kept as fields, but there are still saved if is called inonSaveInstanceState. When all properties are provided by delegate, then there is no need to call ActivityStarter.fill(this, savedInstanceState) in onCreate.


Since version 0.70, there is native support for Parceler library. To wrap and unwrap parameter using Parceler, use Arg annotation with parceler property set to true:

@Arg(parceler = true) StudentParcel studentParceler;

See example here.


For Java project add in build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    compile 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter:1.10'
    apt 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter-compiler:1.10'

For Kotlin project add in build.gradle file:

apply plugin: 'kotlin-kapt'

dependencies {
    compile 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter:1.10'
    kapt 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter-compiler:1.10'

If you want to use Kotlin-specific elements (property delegate argExtra), then add in build.gradle file:

apply plugin: 'kotlin-kapt'

dependencies {
    compile 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter:1.10'
    compile 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter-kotlin:1.10'
    kapt 'com.marcinmoskala.activitystarter:activitystarter-compiler:1.10'

And while library is located on JitPack, remember to add on module build.gradle (unless you already have it):

repositories {
    maven { url '' }

More information on Installation page.

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Copyright 2017 Marcin MoskaƂa

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