Martin Milesich edited this page Jul 24, 2016 · 47 revisions

Step by step installation of the ACRA library in an existing application project, with the simplest settings:

  • Add the dependency on acra-4.X.Y.aar to your application.
  • Configure your Application class either declaratively (recommended) or programmatically.
  • Update your AndroidManifest

Add the dependency

ACRA is available on Maven central and can, as such, easily be integrated as a dependency of your project using the usual dependency management of your favorite build system.




compile 'ch.acra:acra:4.9.0'

Configure your Application class

If you don't already have an Application class, then create one. Apply the configuration to your Application class.

Creating an Application class

  • Create a new class in your package root.
  • Give it a name like: MyApplication extending from (or another subclass of that)
  • Update the application element in your AndroidManifest to reference the new class.

Configuring ACRA - Declaratively

Add a @ReportsCrashes annotation to your Application class and then override the attachBaseContext() method to add ACRA.init(this);. In our newly created class, it looks like:

    import org.acra.*;
    import org.acra.annotation.*;

        formUri = ""
    public class MyApplication extends Application {
        protected void attachBaseContext(Context base) {

            // The following line triggers the initialization of ACRA

Configuring ACRA - Programmatically

You can also configure ACRA programmatically, or even partially declaratively and partially programmatically.

    import org.acra.ACRA;
    import org.acra.configuration.*;

    public class MyApplication extends Application {
        protected void attachBaseContext(Context base) {

            // Create an ConfigurationBuilder. It is prepopulated with values specified via annotation.
            // Set any additional value of the builder and then use it to construct an ACRAConfiguration.
            final ACRAConfiguration config = new ConfigurationBuilder(this)

            // Initialise ACRA
            ACRA.init(this, config);

NB if you are starting services or other tasks in Application.onCreate, you should test to see if the current process is the :acra process. If it is then you probably don't want to start your service.

In ACRA 4.9.0+ you can do that via ACRA.isACRASenderServiceProcess(Application), in prior versions you will need to check the name of the process yourself.

Update AndroidManifest

AndroidManifest needs to have the following modified

  • Application element needs to point to your Application class.
  • Internet permission needs to be declared if you are sending other than by email.

Configuring the Application element

Edit AndroidManifest.xml, it will have an application element. You need to configure the android:name attribute to point to your Application class (put the full name with package if the application class package is not the same as manifest root element declared package):

<application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name"

Declaring the internet permission

If any of your senders require internet permission to deliver reports then add that to the manifest. NB if you have specified a target URL then you will be using the HttpSender and will require the internet permission.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>

Please note that depending on the backend you selected, some additional parameters may be required. Please refer to the backend documentation.