Compiling for Android¶
Compiling from Windows¶
You need a complete Android development environment, including the Android SDK and Android NDK.
- The ant tool from ant.apache.org
- OpenJDK or Oracle JDK
- Cygwin (base settings for Bash scripts)
Install ant in the location your prefer, then add that new bin/ PATH to the route. Remember declare %JAVA_HOME% before, or on the top of the scripts on /bin/ JDK base dir Path.
Installing OpenJDK or Oracle JDK¶
Download the setup tool from the official webpage and install the base distribution.
You can install Windows git or add the cygwin git version from the cygwin installer.
Next step: From here, follow the instructions for compiling Android from Linux.¶
Compiling from Linux¶
You need a complete android development environment ready to develop native apps. That means you have:
Use Google to figure out how to install that and make sure the appropriate executables from the above are in your path variable. These instructions have been tested under Linux (Fedora 20). They may also work in windows with cygwin.
Getting the code¶
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git clone https://github.com/libretro/libretro-super.git cd libretro-super ./libretro-fetch.sh
./libretro-fetch.sh can fail on
fork() calls, repeat until all are up to date. For
./libretro-build-android-mk.sh, some cores may fail to compile (g++ "Argument list too long" error).
Building the cores¶
You can omit
NOCLEAN=1 if you'd like to perform make clean on every core's repo before building each.
The RetroArch repo is fetched into the libretro-super folder by
You first need to fetch the submodules for it.
cd retroarch git submodule update --init
Then set up the android projects.
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cd pkg/android/phoenix android update project --path . android update project --path libs/googleplay/ android update project --path libs/appcompat/ # this doesn't seem to exist anymore
local.properties to point to the location of your ndk directory by adding a line like this:
Finally, copy the cores, assets and overlays to the right place and build it.
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mkdir -p assets/cores mkdir assets/overlays cp ../../../../dist/android/armeabi-v7a/* assets/cores/ #replace armeabi-v7a here by mips or x86 for those targets cp -r ../../../../dist/info/ assets/ cp -r ../../../../retroarch/media/overlays/* assets/overlays/ ant clean ant debug
If all goes well, this will spit out an .apk:
bin/retroarch-debug.apk. Put it on your device with
adb install -r bin/retroarch-debug.apk