A robust native library loader for Android.
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A robust native library loader for Android. More information can be found in our blog post

Min SDK: 9



The Android PackageManager's native library loading is unreliable. Occasionally when using native libraries, you will encounter a stack trace like this:

java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Couldn't load stlport_shared from loader dalvik.system.PathClassLoader: findLibrary returned null
at java.lang.Runtime.loadLibrary(Runtime.java:365)
at java.lang.System.loadLibrary(System.java:535)
at com.your.app.NativeClass.<clinit>(Native.java:16)
... 63 more

Caused by: java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Library stlport_shared not found
at java.lang.Runtime.loadLibrary(Runtime.java:461)
at java.lang.System.loadLibrary(System.java:557)
at com.your.app.NativeClass.<clinit>(Native.java:16)
... 5 more

ReLinker fixes these issues by replacing the standard System.loadLibrary call with a more reliable implementation.

Note that this library fixes intermittent link errors; if you get an error every time you use your app, you may have a configuration issue. See this StackOverflow question for more information.


ReLinker is distributed using jcenter.

   repositories { 
   dependencies {
         compile 'com.getkeepsafe.relinker:relinker:1.2.3'

If you wish, you may also use ReLinker with jitpack


Simply replace a call to System.loadLibrary like this:


With a call to ReLinker.loadLibrary like this:

ReLinker.loadLibrary(context, "mylibrary");

Advanced Usage

Asynchronous loading

ReLinker can load libraries asynchronously. Simply pass a LoadListener instance to the loadLibrary call:

ReLinker.loadLibrary(context, "mylibrary", new ReLinker.LoadListener() {
    public void success() { /* Yay */ }

    public void failure(Throwable t) { /* Boo */ }

Recursive loading

On older versions of Android, the system's library loader may fail to resolve intra-library dependencies. In this instance, ReLinker can resolve those dependencies for you. This will recursively load all libraries defined as "needed" by each library.

For example, if you have a library libchild that relies on libparent, then libchild will have an entry in its shared object file defining that. ReLinker will parse the shared object file and determine that libchild needs libparent. ReLinker will then proceed to load libparent (and any dependencies it may have) and then libchild.

To allow ReLinker to recursively load and resolve intra-library dependencies simply modify your loadLibrary call with the recursively modifier, like so:

ReLinker.recursively().loadLibrary(context, "mylibrary");


To help facilitate debugging, ReLinker can log messages to a Logger instance you provide:

ReLinker.log(myLogger).loadLibrary(context, "mylibrary");

Which will log the following messages during a normal / successful execution:

D/ReLinker: Beginning load of mylibrary...
D/ReLinker: mylibrary was not loaded normally, re-linking...
D/ReLinker: Looking for lib/x86/libmylibrary.so in APK...
D/ReLinker: Found lib/x86/libmylibrary.so! Extracting...
D/ReLinker: mylibrary was re-linked!


In the event that your library's code is changed, it is a good idea to specify a specific version. Doing so will allow ReLinker to update the workaround library file successfully. In the case that the system handles the library loading appropriately, the version specified is not used as all library files are extracted and replaced on update or install.

To specify a version for your library simply provide it as an additional parameter for loadLibrary like:

ReLinker.loadLibrary(context, "mylibrary", "1.0");

This will cause ReLinker to look for, and load libmylibrary.so.1.0. Subsequent version updates will automatically clean up all other library versions.

Sample application

See the sample application under sample/ for a quick demo.


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