Enable Android DataBinding in Android Studio 4.1.1

Open your module’s build.gradle and add the following code:

First make sure you are using Kotlin Annotation Processing and have that added in your project.

At the top of your build.gradle, you’ll see plugins. Add

  id 'kotlin-kapt'

to the bottom.

Next, we’re actually going to enable DataBinding.

android {
  buildFeatures {
    dataBinding true

And that’s it. You should be able to add layout tags to your xml files, and use DataBindingUtil in your classes where you need it.

If you need to make a custom view using DataBinding, check out my post.

Happy Coding.