Android development

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Developing for Android


For Navit

  • Ensure that your system has the correct dependencies installed to build Navit.
  • Checkout the latest copy of Navit from svn. The instructions on this page assume you have checked-out a copy to ~/src/navit-svn/

cd ~/src
svn co  svn:// navit-svn

For Android

  • On Ubuntu you can accomplish this using the following command (assuming the SDK and NDK have been unzipped to ~/src):

export ANDROID_NDK=~/src/android-ndk-r8
export ANDROID_SDK=~/src/android-sdk-linux
export PATH=$PATH:$ANDROID_NDK/toolchains/arm-linux-androideabi-4.4.3/prebuilt/linux-x86/bin:$ANDROID_SDK/tools:$ANDROID_SDK/platform-tools

(double check the version numbers in the paths and adapt if required)

  • Prepare Android SDK:
    • run android in command line - this will show a GUI for preparing Android SDK
    • select Android 2.2 (API 8) and click 'Install N packages...' button - this will download SDK packages that support API 8


Assuming you've followed the previous steps, you're probably setup to start compiling. Using CMake is the recommended way of compiling Navit for Android. Ensure that:

  • You have a java-jdk installed on your system. On Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
  • On Ubuntu, ensure that ant1.8 is installed:
sudo apt-get install ant1.8
  • Make sure that you have saxonb-xslt installed:
sudo apt-get install libsaxonb-java

With cmake

  • Ensure that you have CMake 2.8 installed.
  • Create a build directory - this will be the directory into which the Android version of Navit will be built. Assume we've made one in ~/src as follows:
cd ~/src
mkdir android-build
  • Optional: Add a SOURCE_PATH environment variable to your system, pointing to the directory in which you checked out a copy of Navit. You can leave out this step, but make sure you change $SOURCE_PATH in the next steps to the actual path of the directory.
export SOURCE_PATH=~/src/navit-svn
  • Step into the build directory:
cd ~/src/android-build
  • Run CMake (ensure that you're in the build directory when you do this!):


  • Build the apk package:
make apkg
  • The previous commands have now created a package called Navit-debug.apk in the following directory:
  • Copy the package to your device (i.e. sd-card) and run it from there (through a file-manager, for example), or
  • If debug bridge (adb) is enabled run:
adb install navit/android/bin/Navit-debug.apk
  • Later, to reinstall already installed Navit app run:
adb install -r navit/android/bin/Navit-debug.apk

With autotools

  • Run ./ from the navit dir.
cd ~/src/navit-svn/
  • Make sure you have
    • $ANDROID_NDK pointing to your ndk installation
    • $ANDROID_API_LVL set to 4
    • $ANDROID_NDK/toolchains/arm-eabi-*/prebuilt/linux-x86/bin in your $PATH
    • $ANDROID_PLATFORM set to $ANDROID_NDK/platforms/android-$ANDROID_API_LVL/arch-arm
  • Run something like
./configure \
PKG_CONFIG=arm-eabi-pkgconfig \
RANLIB=arm-eabi-ranlib \
AR=arm-eabi-ar \
CC="arm-eabi-gcc -L$ANDROID_PLATFORM/usr/lib -L. -I$ANDROID_PLATFORM/usr/include" \
CXX=arm-eabi-g++ \
--host=arm-eabi-linux_android \
--enable-avoid-float \
--enable-avoid-unaligned \
--enable-cache-size=20971520 \
--enable-svg2png-scaling=8,16,32,48,64,96 \
--enable-svg2png-scaling-nav=59 \
--enable-svg2png-scaling-flag=32 \
--with-xslts=android,plugin_menu,pedestrian_button,pedestrian \
--with-saxon=saxonb-xslt \
--enable-transformation-roll \
--enable-plugin-pedestrian \
--with-android-permissions=CAMERA \
  • Run make
  • cd navit
  • Run make apkg

The result is in android/bin as Navit-debug.apk

Even easier is it to use this hopefully foolproof build script. Since r4507, it is part of navit. From the navit-main-directory, call it with ./contrib/ Good luck!

With cmake on Windows

  • install CMake 2.8 if you haven't already, add folder with exe to PATH
  • install MinGW or use MinGW included in the git windows folder (e.g. C:\msysgit\mingw\), add folder with exe to PATH
  • install saxon .NET version from,
  • rename transform.exe to saxon.exe, add folder with exe to PATH
  • create a build dir (i.e. "mkdir android-build")
  • run from build dir ( replace $SOURCE_PATH):


  • run MinGW32-make
  • run MinGW32-make apkg
  • install Navit-debug.apk (in <build path>/navit/android/bin) to your device
    • copy navit/android/bin/Navit-debug.apk to your device (i.e. sd-card) and run it from there or
    • if debug bridge (adb) is enabled run adb install navit/android/bin/Navit-debug.apk