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Quickstart for Android NDK

Set up your development environment

  • Install Android Studio version 3.1 or higher with Android SDK Platform version 7.0 (API level 24) or higher.

  • Prepare Android Studio for native development by installing Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and CMake with the SDK Manager. For more information, see Getting Started with the NDK.

  • You will need to get the ARCore SDK for Android. You can either:

    • Download the ARCore SDK for Android and extract it.


    • Clone the repository with the following command:

      git clone

Prepare your device or emulator

You can run AR apps on a supported device or in the Android Emulator:

Open the sample project

In Android Studio, open the HelloAR sample project in <ARCore SDK Folder>/samples/hello_ar_c.

The sample project has build dependencies on certain versions of software, such as Gradle and the Android SDK. If the required dependencies are not installed, Android Studio will ask you for permission to download and install them on your machine.

Run the sample

Make sure your Android device is connected to the development machine and click Run in Android Studio. Then, choose your device as the deployment target and click OK.

Android Studio builds your project into a debuggable APK, installs the APK, and then runs the app on your device. For more information, see Build and Run Your App.

As you move your device, the app automatically detects flat surfaces and draws a diamond grid. Tap the grid to place an Android robot on the surface.

Next steps