Visit GitHub RepoOCR Engines


An Android Studio project which has a module that contains OpenCV SDK files ported and configured to use CMake and Gradle plugin 2.3.1 or above, making it easy to include OpenCV into Android applications.

Android Arsenal


Currently the doc contains details of integrating the opencv module into an exiting git repo of an Android Studio project using git submodule.

Note: if your project is not versioned by git, it will not work. You could enable git by running the following command in the project root directory, but careful not do so if your project is versioned by other VCS tools:

git init

Sooner or later I'll include steps to include the opencv module without using git submodule and for projects that are not versioned by git. It is better to understand how git submodule works via this link: Git - Submodules. For team managed git repositories, read the section Cloning a Project with Submodules carefully.

Within the project directory, open bash/cmd and run the following command:

git submodule add android-opencv

Then within the project directory, edit settings.gradle file and append the following and do Gradle Sync :

include ':android-opencv:opencv'

Within the Project View in Android Studio, right click and choose "Configure project subset" and check opencv. Then do a Gradle Sync Gradle Sync . You should see opencv as a module as the image below:

Project View

Then within the app module directory (or application module that you're developing), create or alter the CMakeLists.txt file and add the following lines (Note that if you you are not developing a native library, you can skip this step):

set(OpenCV_DIR "../android-opencv/opencv/src/sdk/native/jni")
find_package(OpenCV REQUIRED)
message(STATUS "OpenCV libraries: ${OpenCV_LIBS}")
target_link_libraries(YOUR_TARGET_LIB ${OpenCV_LIBS})

Then within the app module directory (or application module that you're developing), alter it's build.gradle file as such (Note that if you you are not developing a native library, only the compile line is needed):

apply plugin: ''
android {
    defaultConfig {
        externalNativeBuild {
            cmake {
                cppFlags "-frtti -fexceptions"
                //Choose the abi architectures that you would like to compile to
                abiFilters 'x86', 'x86_64', 'armeabi', 'armeabi-v7a', 'arm64-v8a', 'mips', 'mips64'
    buildTypes {
    externalNativeBuild {
        cmake {
            path "CMakeLists.txt"

dependencies {
    compile project(':android-opencv:opencv')

After final step, OpenCV would be included within the application and their APIs could be accessed from within the Java and Native C/C++ code. To check if OpenCV is working properly, add the following in an Application, Activity or any class to load OpenCV (make sure that the class will be accessed at runtime):

public class MyClass {

    static {
        if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) {


Then build and launch the application. Once the class is loaded, the logcat will display OpenCV messages as below (the first error is normal):

10-21 16:53:28.399 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: Trying to get library list
10-21 16:53:28.419 E/OpenCV/StaticHelper: OpenCV error: Cannot load info library for OpenCV
10-21 16:53:28.419 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: Library list: ""
10-21 16:53:28.419 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: First attempt to load libs
10-21 16:53:28.419 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: Trying to init OpenCV libs
10-21 16:53:28.420 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: Trying to load library opencv_java3
10-21 16:53:28.428 I/OpenCV: calling android_getCpuFeatures() ...
10-21 16:53:28.430 I/OpenCV: calling android_getCpuFeatures() ... Done (1f7ff)
10-21 16:53:28.441 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: Library opencv_java3 loaded
10-21 16:53:28.441 D/OpenCV/StaticHelper: First attempt to load libs is OK
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper: General configuration for OpenCV 3.3.0 =====================================
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:   Version control:               3.3.0
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:   Platform:
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Timestamp:                   2017-08-04T00:30:10Z
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Host:                        Linux 4.8.0-58-generic x86_64
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Target:                      Linux 1 armv7-a
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     CMake:             
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     CMake generator:             Ninja
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     CMake build tool:            /usr/bin/ninja
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Configuration:               Release
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:   CPU/HW features:
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Baseline:                    NEON NEON
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:       requested:                 DETECT
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:       required:                  NEON
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:       disabled:                  VFPV3
10-21 16:53:28.444 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:   C/C++:
10-21 16:53:28.445 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     Built as dynamic libs?:      NO
10-21 16:53:28.445 I/OpenCV/StaticHelper:     C++ Compiler:                /usr/bin/ccache /opt/android/android-ndk-r10e/toolchains/arm-linux-androideabi-4.8/prebuilt/linux-x86_64/bin/arm-linux-androideabi-g++ (ver 4.8)

Also, you could inspect the built apk under app_module_directory/build/outputs to see that the is included within the abi architecture folders (drag the apk onto the text editor tabs of Android Studio):

APK Inspection

Updating OpenCV

I'll be monitoring OpenCV's SDK and releases on their website in order to re-port it with their updated files. Please post an issue if I haven't done so within a day or two.

In order to update the OpenCV module to the latest version simply open a bash/cmd in project_root_directory/android-opencv/ and run the command:

git pull

Once the command finishes, the opencv module will be updated to the latest commit on the repo. Do a Gradle Sync , refresh linked C++ projects (Build > Refresh Linked C++ Projects) and compile to make sure the update was successful.

Checkout to a certain version of OpenCV

With each release of OpenCV SDK a tag with the OpenCV version will be created on the commit of the release. To checkout to a certain version of the OpenCV library, open a bash/cmd in project_root_directory/android-opencv/ and run the command:

git pull
git checkout version-number

Where version-number is the version of OpenCV you'd like to checkout to (example: 3.2.0). The minimum version of the OpenCV within the repo is 3.2.0.

Don't forget to do a Gradle Sync , refresh linked C++ projects (Build > Refresh Linked C++ Projects) and compile to make sure the checkout was successful.

Become a better Android Developer
Millions of developers are learning at MindOrks

Online Training Program

Featured Blogs

Our Team

MindOrks is Certainly one of the best online blog to stay on top of all the Android development news, coding and design patterns. Finally a blog I can count on to keep myself updated with latest and greatest things happening in Android world.

Vipul Shah
Android Developer

Become Pro in Android by watching videos