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Felix Wiemuth edited this page Mar 5, 2019 · 73 revisions
  1. Prerequisites
  2. Dependenices
  3. Configuration

0. Prerequisites

This guide assumes you are using or later.

Acra requires java 8 (native, not RetroLambda or similar):

android {
    compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

1. Dependencies

Everything you find in this section belongs into the dependencies block in your build.gradle:

dependencies {

Define ACRA Version

Add the following snippet (with the latest version)

def acraVersion = '5.1.3'

Choose sender

  • Http:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-http:$acraVersion"
  • Email:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-mail:$acraVersion"
  • Custom:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-core:$acraVersion"

More info: Report Destinations

Choose interaction

  • Dialog:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-dialog:$acraVersion"
  • Notification:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-notification:$acraVersion"
  • Toast:
implementation "ch.acra:acra-toast:$acraVersion"
  • Silent:

Add nothing.

More info: Interactions

Optional Plugins

  • Limiter: (limits how many reports acra sends from one device)
implementation "ch.acra:acra-limiter:$acraVersion"
  • Advanced Scheduler: [since 5.2.0-rc1] (controls when reports are sent (e.g. only on wifi) and can restart an application after a crash)
implementation "ch.acra:acra-advanced-scheduler:$acraVersion"

2. Configuration

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 - Compile time

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

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

    @AcraCore(buildConfigClass = BuildConfig.class)
    public class MyApplication extends Application {
        protected void attachBaseContext(Context base) {

            // The following line triggers the initialization of ACRA

In addition to the @AcraCore annotation, each plugin you added in the dependencies step provides another annotation, which you have to add to activate and configure that plugin:

For an example configuration see annotation example

Configuring ACRA - Runtime (Application start)

Construct a CoreConfigurationBuilder and pass it to ACRA.init:

CoreConfigurationBuilder builder = new CoreConfigurationBuilder(this);
ACRA.init(this, builder);

Please note that plugins are disabled if their respective annotation is not present. You can activate them by calling:


For an example configuration see builder example

If you use both run- and compile-time configuration, compile-time values will serve as defaults for runtime configuration.

Available plugin builders:

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