E/RecyclerView: No adapter attached; skipping layout for Recycler View in Kotlin Android Project

I am following this tutorial to create image gallery in an android project. I am trying to show the gallery in a fragment using a ReycyclerView with a grid layout. The fragment is linked to a bottom navigation bar, but the gallery isn’t showing anything when the fragment is displayed. Log says: E/RecyclerView: No adapter attached; skipping layout even though I instantiated an adapter and passed it to my recycler view.


class ImpressionsFragment : Fragment(), GalleryImageClickListener  {

    // gallery column count
    private val SPAN_COUNT = 3
    private val imageList = ArrayList<Image>()
    lateinit var galleryAdapter : GalleryImageAdapter

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {

    override fun onCreateView(
        inflater: LayoutInflater, container: ViewGroup?,
        savedInstanceState: Bundle?
    ): View? {
        // Inflate the layout for this fragment
        // init adapter
        galleryAdapter = GalleryImageAdapter(imageList)
        galleryAdapter.listener = this
        // init recyclerview
        var view = inflater?.inflate(R.layout.fragment_impressions, container, false)
        var recyclerView : RecyclerView = view.findViewById(R.id.recyclerView)
        recyclerView.layoutManager = GridLayoutManager(context, SPAN_COUNT)
        recyclerView.adapter = galleryAdapter
        // load images
        return inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_impressions, container, false)

    private fun loadImages() {
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/wBYDxLq/beach.jpg", "Beach Houses"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/gM5NNJX/butterfly.jpg", "Butterfly"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/10fFGkZ/car-race.jpg", "Car Racing"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/ygqHsHV/coffee-milk.jpg", "Coffee with Milk"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/7XqwsLw/fox.jpg", "Fox"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/L1m1NxP/girl.jpg", "Mountain Girl"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/wc9rSgw/desserts.jpg", "Desserts Table"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/wdrdpKC/kitten.jpg", "Kitten"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/dBCHzXQ/paris.jpg", "Paris Eiffel"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/JKB0KPk/pizza.jpg", "Pizza Time"))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/VYYPZGk/salmon.jpg", "Salmon "))
        imageList.add(Image("https://i.ibb.co/JvWpzYC/sunset.jpg", "Sunset in Beach"))

    override fun onClick(position: Int) {
        // handle click of image

    companion object {
         * Use this factory method to create a new instance of
         * this fragment using the provided parameters.
         * @return A new instance of fragment ImpressionsFragment.
        fun newInstance() =
            ImpressionsFragment().apply {


class GalleryImageAdapter(private val itemList: List<Image>) : RecyclerView.Adapter<GalleryImageAdapter.ViewHolder>() {
    private var context: Context? = null
    var listener: GalleryImageClickListener? = null
    override fun onCreateViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): GalleryImageAdapter.ViewHolder {
        context = parent.context
        val view = LayoutInflater.from(parent.context).inflate(R.layout.item_gallery_image, parent,
        return ViewHolder(view)
    override fun getItemCount(): Int {
        return itemList.size
    override fun onBindViewHolder(holder: GalleryImageAdapter.ViewHolder, position: Int) {
    inner class ViewHolder(itemView: View) : RecyclerView.ViewHolder(itemView) {
        fun bind() {
            val image = itemList.get(adapterPosition)
            // load image
            // adding click or tap handler for our image layout
            itemView.container.setOnClickListener {

Thank you in advance!


The view used in creating the recycler view is not same as the view returned You created a view and that was used to initialize the recycler view,

  var view = inflater?.inflate(R.layout.fragment_impressions, container, false)

instead of returning this same view above you created another view and returned it.

 return inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_impressions, container, false)

so the view used in initializing the recycler view is invalid and the recycler view, therefore invalid also.