Jul 27, 2017
Sep 16, 2017
César Ferreira (cesarferreira)
César Ferreira (cesarferreira)
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The missing library manager for Android Developers


  • ⚡️ Blazing fast way to add libraries
  • 🎉 No need to search the web for that library
  • 🚀 Intuitive, easy-to-learn tool
  • 💎 Add multiple dependencies with a one liner
  • ✌️ Automated dependency and package management
  • 🔨 Automatic import custom urls (e.g. jitpack)

What is it?

As an android developer I was jealous of the node.js community for their fast and reliable dependency managers, it's so easy to write yarn add <library> and a library is imported into the project... So I made drone for android!

If you think about it there are like 50 libraries that are used in 95% of the apps (retrofit, rxjava, gson, picasso, roboletric, recyclerview-v7, etc.)

I made this because every time I want to add (lets say) butterknife I need to

  1. google butterknife
  2. go to the readme
  3. find the lines to copy
  4. notice that butterknife has 2 dependencies
  5. copy and paste in my gradle file
  6. OPTIONAL if it was not in jcenter, go to the main build gradle and put the custom URL


drone add jakewharton/butterknife

and everything will be done for you automatically


npm install -g drone


Simple usage:

drone add creator/library module


   $ drone <command> <params>

   $ drone install                            # Downloads the packages
   $ drone test <creator/library>             # Tests the library by fetching its version
   $ drone add <creator/library> <module>     # Adds a dependency to a module
   $ drone remove <creator/library> <module>  # Removes the dependency from a module
   $ drone info <creator/library>             # Retrieves the info for this package
   $ drone update                             # Get the latest packages
   $ drone list                               # List all of the packages
   $ drone stats                              # Get some stats regarding the hive
   $ drone hive                               # Opens the hive url
   $ drone open <creator/library>             # Opens the library's homepage
   $ drone new                                # Creates a new one if it's not in the server yet
   $ drone search <library>                   # Searches for the 'library' in the hive


   $ drone install                            # Downloads the packages
   $ drone info square/picasso                # Shows the info for square/picasso
   $ drone add square/retrofit app            # Adds retrofit to the 'app' module 
   $ drone rm square/retrofit app             # removes retrofit from the 'app' module 
   $ drone open google/gson                   # Opens GSONs homepage
   $ drone new                                # takes you throught the creation wizard
   $ drone search rxjava                      # Searches the hive for 'rxjava'
   $ drone test square/picasso                # Tests the library by fetching its version

Where are the libraries?

Instead of maintaining a server with all the possible libraries I'm going with a brew approach, the community will create a library once and it will be available to everyone else forever in the hive!

$ drone new

follow the wizard to generate the <library>.json file then open the pull request in the hive with this format:

hive/ <creator/library>.json

If you look closely, when you type square/retrofit, drone will autofill everything for you, and even if it takes a few hours for the pull request to be accepted you'll be able to do drone add square/retrofit because the drone new task will add it to your personal server/folder.

Created by

Cesar Ferreira


MIT © Cesar Ferreira


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