Compiling for Android¶
This page describes how to compile Android export template binaries from source. If you're looking to export your project to Android instead, read Exporting for Android.
In most cases, using the built-in deployer and export templates is good enough. Compiling the Android APK manually is mostly useful for custom builds or custom packages for the deployer.
Also, you still need to follow the steps mentioned in the Exporting for Android tutorial before attempting to build a custom export template.
For compiling under Windows, Linux or macOS, the following is required:
SCons 3.0+ build system.
Android SDK (command-line tools are sufficient).
Required SDK components will be automatically installed.
- On Linux,
do not use an Android SDK provided by your distribution's repositories as it will often be outdated.
Gradle (will be downloaded and installed automatically if missing).
JDK 11 (either OpenJDK or Oracle JDK).
You can download a build from ojdkbuild.
Setting up the buildsystem¶
Set the environment variable
ANDROID_SDK_ROOTto point to the Android SDK. If you downloaded the Android command-line tools, this would be the folder where you extracted the contents of the ZIP archive.
Install the necessary SDK components in this folder:
Accept the SDK component licenses by running the following command where
android_sdk_pathis the path to the Android SDK, then answering all the prompts with
tools/bin/sdkmanager --sdk_root=<android_sdk_path> --licenses
Complete setup by running the following command where
android_sdk_pathis the path to the Android SDK.
tools/bin/sdkmanager --sdk_root=<android_sdk_path> "platform-tools" "build-tools;30.0.3" "platforms;android-29" "cmdline-tools;latest" "cmake;22.214.171.12488404"
To set the environment variable on Windows, press Windows + R, type "control system", then click on Advanced system settings in the left pane, then click on Environment variables on the window that appears.
To set the environment variable on Linux or macOS, use
export ANDROID_SDK_ROOT=/path/to/android-sdk where
/path/to/android-sdk points to
the root of the SDK directories.
Building the export templates¶
Godot needs two export templates for Android: the optimized "release"
android_release.apk) and the debug template (
As Google will require all APKs to include ARMv8 (64-bit) libraries starting
from August 2019, the commands below will build an APK containing both
ARMv7 and ARMv8 libraries.
Compiling the standard export templates is done by calling SCons from the Godot root directory with the following arguments:
Release template (used when exporting with Debugging Enabled unchecked)
scons platform=android target=template_release arch=armv7 scons platform=android target=template_release arch=arm64v8 cd platform/android/java # On Windows .\gradlew generateGodotTemplates # On Linux and macOS