I am using ButterKnife in my project, and as we know we have to write ButterKnife.bind(this); in all the activities, so I have just created BaseActivity like this:

public class BaseActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState, int layout) {

and I am calling it from other activity like this

public class SplashActivity extends BaseActivity {

    TextView txtName;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState, R.layout.activity_splash);

I want to know whether it is good practice to follow this approach.


Override setContentView instead of a different onCreate that receives the layout id.

public class BaseActivity {

    protected void setContentView(Int layoutResID) {


Overriding this makes it more consistent (no custom onCreate) with the android style, I think.

I dont see any problem of using it, its cool since everytime you create a new activity its already there so just add @BindView and it works.

Other alternative is not using ButterKnife but Kotlin and Kotlin Extensions, take a look.


  • \$\begingroup\$ I have created BaseActivity for many purposes, but i just want to know whether its good practice to write ButterKnife,bind() in BaseActivity, so that i can omit writing that line in all other activities \$\endgroup\$ Jan 4 '17 at 12:59
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ @RaviRupareliya check the updated answer \$\endgroup\$ Jan 4 '17 at 13:40

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