Oct 13, 2019
Nov 3, 2019
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Gradle Plugin that will automate retrieving the Android OpenCV SDK and linking it to the project, making it easy to include OpenCV into Android applications.


Currently the plugin is not yet published on public repositories. To use the plugin, it requires to be compiled and published locally on the machine for projects to be able to resolve and use it:

git clone
cd AndroidOpenCVGradlePlugin

# Either (on Windows):
gradlew.bat :plugin:publishToMavenLocal
# or (on *nix):
./gradlew :plugin:publishToMavenLocal

Once commands above complete to succession, the plugin is now located in the local Maven repository of the machine (.m2) under com\ahasbini\tools\android-opencv-gradle-plugin.

For usage in an Android Project, the below changes are needed:

  1. In the project build.gradle (at the root directory of the project folder), modify the repositories and dependencies block as below:
buildscript {
    repositories {
        mavenLocal() // At the beginning of the block
        // ... google() or jcenter() others
        maven { // At the end of the block and after google()
           url ''
    dependencies {
        // ... the Android plugin and other classpath definitions
        classpath ''
  1. In the app module (or application/library module that you're developing) build.gradle file, add the android-opencv-gradle-plugin plugin and the androidOpenCV as below:
// apply plugin: '' or other Android plugin
apply plugin: '' // After the Android plugin

// ...

android {
    // ...

androidOpenCV { // After the android block

    // Required: Version of OpenCV to be used in the project
    version '3.3.0'

    // Optional: Custom url for downloading the
    // file located at
    url ''

// ...
  1. Optional: If the project did not contain any C++ code (usually located in jni or cpp folders under {project_app_module}/src/main/), perform the below changes:

    • Add the below in app module (or application/library module that you're developing) build.gradle file:
    android {
        // ...
        externalNativeBuild {
            cmake {
                path "CMakeLists.txt"
    • Create the CMakeLists.txt in app module (or application/library module that you're developing) directory and check the Android Guides for NDK or the sample for more info.
  2. Do a Gradle Sync , refresh linked C++ projects (Build > Refresh Linked C++ Projects) and compile to make sure the integration was successful.

Underlying Logic & Implementation

TL;DR The plugin downloads the, extracts the files, compiles the Java sources into AARs, and links them along with JNI binaries into the project using dependencies and externalNativeBuild configurations.

In detail, below are the steps it carries our (primarily in this order) which can be found mostly in

  • Set the OpenCV JNI directory and arguments of the externalNativeBuild in the android block.
  • Extract the requested version of OpenCV from the androidOpenCV block.
  • Check if existing or download the into the directory {user_home}/.androidopencv/{version} using the url template "" + version + "/opencv-" + version + "" or the value of url in androidOpenCV block.
  • Check if existing or extract the downloaded zip file.
  • Check if existing or copy the JNI directories (path used in the first step) into {project_module_directory}/build/androidopencv.
  • Compile AAR binaries from Java source and place outputs (debug and release builds) in {user_home}/.androidopencv/{version}/build-cache using the Gradle Tooling API.
  • Add flatDir repository with {user_home}/.androidopencv/{version}/build-cache/outputs path and add dependencies debugImplementation and releaseImplementation with the AARs to project dependencies.

Contributing & Future Plans

As this is still under development, testing and not yet published, feel free to share your contributions to the project with finding issues, code improvements and/or feature additions and requests. Below is a brief list of things (TODOs) that are in plan for the project:

  • Add Android NDK version checking and configuration for proper linking with compiled binaries of OpenCV
  • Add plugin clean task
  • Add more tests and assertions in test cases
  • CI/CD integration