Android Firebase DataSnapshot Cast to Class


I have a firebase database.
When I get value from the snapshot, I have HashMap in below:

HashMap from the snap

and I have a Snap class like below. How can I cast the DataSnapshot to List of the class such as
List<Snap> snapList = (HashMap<String,Object>) dataSnapshot.child(USER_PHONE).child("friends").getValue();

public class Snap {

    String key;
    String value;

    public  Snap(){

    public Snap(String key, String value) {
        this.key = key;
        this.value = value;

    public String getKey() {
        return key;

    public String getValue() {
        return value;


There is no way in Java in which you can cast a HashMap<String,Object> to a List<Snap>. What can you do instead, is to query your database and get all the Snap objects and then add them to a List<Snap>.

ValueEventListener eventListener = new ValueEventListener() {
    public void onDataChange(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {
        for(DataSnapshot ds : dataSnapshot.getChildren()) {
            Snap snap = ds.getValue(Snap.class);

    public void onCancelled(DatabaseError error) {
        Log.d("TAG", error.getMessage()); //Never ignore potential errors!

Answered By – Alex Mamo

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