Kotlin File vs Class. Whats the difference?

The only difference is that creating a file creates a file with no classes, and creating a class creates a file with one class. You can then add more classes to the file, or delete classes, or make any other changes - the end result doesn't depend on how the file was created.


icon Kotlin Class: Android Studio displays it with no extension if the file contains ONLY ONE class.

Unlike Java, Kotlin allows you to put certain things outside the class like:

If you, therefore, add any of the above or another class to the file, Android Studio will change it to "Kotlin File":

icon with extension .kt

Removing the above extras, will again show the file as "Kotlin Class"


Here is the answer from the official Documentation:

If a Kotlin file contains a single class (potentially with related top-level declarations), its name should be the same as the name of the class, with the .kt extension appended. If a file contains multiple classes, or only top-level declarations, choose a name describing what the file contains, and name the file accordingly. Use camel humps with an uppercase first letter (e.g. ProcessDeclarations.kt).

The name of the file should describe what the code in the file does. Therefore, you should avoid using meaningless words such as "Util" in file names.

so basically a file can -for instance- contains just (helper-)functions without any class declaration.

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