Chock Norris Facts Android App on Kotlin

Original author: Sylvain Saurel
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Chock Norris Facts Android App on Kotlin

Facts about Chuck Norris is an internet phenomenon with humorous “facts” about martial arts master and actor Chuck Norris. “Facts” are jokes about Norris’s stamina, his masculinity and alpha male status.

In this tutorial, we will create our own Android application with facts about Chuck Norris using Kotlin. As an IDE we will use Android Studio. In this example, you can learn how to perform network requests on Kotlin and how to use the OkHttp 3 library.

The facts will be obtained from a database of facts about Chuck Norris, which offers a simple API for obtaining random facts.

Add dependency for OkHttp

To make network calls, we will use the OkHttp library. So, we need to add the OkHttp 3.10 dependency to our file build.gradle:

apply plugin: ''
apply plugin: 'kotlin-android'
apply plugin: 'kotlin-android-extensions'
android {
    compileSdkVersion 27
    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.ssaurel.chucknorrisfacts"
        minSdkVersion 15
        targetSdkVersion 27
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), ''
dependencies {
    implementation fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    implementation "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib-jre7:$kotlin_version"
    implementation ''
    implementation ''
    implementation 'com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:3.10.0'

Customize Android Manifest

Also, to make network calls, we need to add permission INTERNETto the manifest of our application:

User Interface Creation

The next step is to create the user interface of our application. We will use ConstraintLayout as the root component of layout.

At the top of our user interface will be ImageViewwith the face of Chuck Norris:

Chuck Norris

Then we add TextViewin which we will display the fact of Chuck Norris. To TextViewdetermine the dependence, which has it a little lower ImageView. After that, add a button that will allow users to download a new fact, requesting it from the database. Finally, add ProgressBarwhich will be centered on the screen.

As a result, we get the following layout for our user interface:

API Testing

Before writing the code in, MainActivitywe test the response returned by the database API. We will contact the following address: .

This web service randomly returns a new fact about Chuck Norris on every call. By entering the URL into a web browser, you will get the following result:

API call result

So, we will need to parse the JSON response to get to the joke property , which contains the fact we need.

Writing Kotlin Code for MainActivity

Now it's time to write code for MainActivity. We define a variable in which we store the API endpoint URL that we are going to call. Then we instantiate the object OkHttpClient.

In the method, onCreateMainActivitywe just need to set OnClickListenera button that allows users to download new facts about Chuck Norris.

Access to the API is performed in a special method loadRandomFact. We display ProgressBarimmediately before accessing the network. Then we create an object Requestwith the endpoint URL in the parameter.

After that, we call the method newCallon OkHttpClient, passing it Requestas a parameter. To process the response, we call the method enqueuewith an instance Callbackin the parameter.

In the method, onResponsewe get the answer and then create JSONObject. The final step is to get the joke property of the value object . After that, we can display the fact of Chuck Norrim in TextViewby encapsulating everything in a block runOnUiThreadto ensure that the user interface is updated in the user interface thread.

As a result, we get the following code for MainActivityour Android application:

package com.ssaurel.chucknorrisfacts
import android.os.Bundle
import android.text.Html
import android.view.View
import okhttp3.*
import org.json.JSONObject
class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {
    val URL = ""
    var okHttpClient: OkHttpClient = OkHttpClient()
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        nextBtn.setOnClickListener {
    private fun loadRandomFact() {
        runOnUiThread {
            progressBar.visibility = View.VISIBLE
        val request: Request = Request.Builder().url(URL).build()
        okHttpClient.newCall(request).enqueue(object: Callback {
            override fun onFailure(call: Call?, e: IOException?) {
            override fun onResponse(call: Call?, response: Response?) {
                val json = response?.body()?.string()
                val txt = (JSONObject(json).getJSONObject("value").get("joke")).toString()
                runOnUiThread {
                    progressBar.visibility = View.GONE
                    factTv.text = Html.fromHtml(txt)

Launch the application

The best part of the lesson. When you start the application, you will get the following result:

Ready application

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