Learning Android: Getting android-support jar/compatability package as a Maven dependency

In the app I’m working on I make use of the ViewPager class which is only available in the compatibility package from revisions 3 upwards.

Initially I followed the instructions on the developer guide to get hold of the jar but now that I’m trying to adapt my code to fit the RobolectricSample, as I mentioned in my previous post, I needed to hook it up as a Maven dependency.

I added the dependency to my pom.xml like this:


But when I tried to resolve the dependencies (via ‘mvn test’) I ended up with this error:

Downloading: http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/android/support/compatibility-v4/r6/compatibility-v4-r6.pom
[WARNING] The POM for android.support:compatibility-v4:jar:r6 is missing, no dependency information available
Downloading: http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/android/support/compatibility-v4/r6/compatibility-v4-r6.jar
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 1.878s
[INFO] Finished at: Sun Jan 08 20:42:17 GMT 2012
[INFO] Final Memory: 8M/554M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal on project tweetboard: Could not resolve dependencies for project com.markhneedham:tweetboard:apk:1.0.0-SNAPSHOT: Could not find artifact android.support:compatibility-v4:jar:r6 in central (http://repo1.maven.org/maven2) -> [Help 1]

A bit of googling led me to a demo project showing how to hook up the compatibility package. It linked to the Maven Android SDK Deployer which is:

The Maven Android SDK Deployer is a helper maven project that can be used to install the libraries necessary to build Android applications with Maven and the Android Maven Plugin directly from your local Android SDK installation.

I had to first clone that git repository:

git clone git://github.com/mosabua/maven-android-sdk-deployer.git

And then find the compatability-v4 package and install it:

$ cd maven-android-sdk-deployer
$ cd extras/compatibility-v4
$ mvn clean install

I initially made the mistake of not setting $ANDROID_HOME to the location of the Android SDK on my machine, which led to the following error:

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 0.484s
[INFO] Finished at: Sun Jan 08 20:51:07 GMT 2012
[INFO] Final Memory: 3M/81M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.codehaus.mojo:properties-maven-plugin:1.0-alpha-2:read-project-properties (default) on project android-extras: Properties file not found: /Users/mneedham/github/maven-android-sdk-deployer/extras/${env.ANDROID_HOME}/extras/android/support/source.properties -> [Help 1]

Setting it solves the problem:

$ export ANDROID_HOME=/Users/mneedham/github/android/android-sdk-macosx

There are more detailed instructions on the home page of the github project.

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  • Anggun Gugun

    tq .. it works

  • Daniel

    Thank you!

  • http://coderoid.livejournal.com/ coderoid

    I also had to symlink some of the directories because Android SDK installer put them under different names than this project expects.

    ./android-sdk-mac_x86//add-ons/addon-google_apis-google-8 -> addon_google_apis_google_inc_8

    ./android-sdk-mac_x86//extras/android/support -> compatibility

    ./android-sdk-mac_x86//extras/google/play_licensing -> market_licensing

    See https://github.com/mosabua/maven-android-sdk-deployer/issues/23

  • Inigo Lheredia

    Many thanks!