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VK SDK for Android

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Library for working with VK API, authorization through VK app, using VK functions. Minimal version of Android is 4.1

Prepare for Using VK SDK

To use VK SDK primarily you need to create a new VK application here by choosing the Standalone application type. Choose a title and confirm the action via SMS and you will be redirected to the application settings page. You will require your Application ID (referenced as API_ID in the documentation). Fill in the "Batch name for Android", "Main Activity for Android" and "Certificate fingerprint for Android".

Certificate Fingerprint Receiving

To receive your certificate's fingerprint you can use one of the following methods.

Fingerprint Receiving via Keytool

  1. You need to find the keystore location for your app. The ''debug'' store is usually located in these directories:
  • ~/.android/ for OS X and Linux,
  • C:\Documents and Settings<user>.android\ for Windows XP,
  • C:\Users<user>.android\ for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The keystore for the release version is usually created by a programmer, so you should create it or recall its location.

  1. After the keystore's location has been found, use keytool utility (it is supplied with the Java SDK). You can get keys list with the following command:
keytool -exportcert -alias androiddebugkey -keystore path-to-debug-or-production-keystore -list -v
You will observe a similar result:
Certificate fingerprint: SHA1: DA:39:A3:EE:5E:6B:4B:0D:32:55:BF:EF:95:60:18:90:AF:D8:07:09
By deleting all the colons you'll get your key's fingerprint.

Fingerprint Receiving via SDK

If you've already added SDK to your project, you can use the following function in each Activity of your app.

String[] fingerprints = VKUtils.getCertificateFingerprint(this, this.getPackageName());

As a rule, fingerprints contains a single line. It's a fingerprint of your certificate (depends on the certificate used for your app's signing)

Fingerprint Receiving via Andriod Studio

Click in right menu on Gradle tab (or double shift and type Gradle). Open your project root folder, then open Tasks and after android. Run signingReport task. Find your SHA1 fingerprint in Run tab output.

You can add more than one fingerprint in your app settings, e.g., debug and release fingerprints.

Connecting VK SDK to Your Android Application

Connecting With Maven

You can add next maven dependency in your project:

You may also need to add the following to your project/build.gradle file.

implementation 'com.vk:androidsdk:2.0.0

For example, your app/build.gradle script will contains such dependencies:

dependencies {
    implementation 'com.vk:androidsdk:2.0.0

Older version

Older version of sdk can be found here

Using SDK

SDK Initialization

  1. Add permission to AndroidManifest.xml:
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
  1. Add this to the resource file (example strings.xml):
<integer name="com_vk_sdk_AppId">your_app_id</integer>

User Authorization

Use VK.login method:

VK.login(activity, arrayListOf(VKScope.WALL, VKScope.PHOTOS))

Override onActivityResult:

 override fun onActivityResult(requestCode: Int, resultCode: Int, data: Intent?) {
        val callback = object: VKAuthCallback {
            override fun onLogin(token: VKAccessToken) {
                // User passed authorization

            override fun onLoginFailed(errorCode: Int) {
                // User didn't pass authorization
        if (data == null || !VK.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data, callback)) {
            super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data)

Handling token authorization

Create instance of VKTokenExpiredHandler:

class SampleApplication: Application() {
    override fun onCreate() {

    private val tokenTracker = object: VKTokenExpiredHandler {
        override fun onTokenExpired() {
            // token expired

API Requests

Override VKRequest. For example: VKUsersRequest

class VKUsersRequest: VKRequest<List<VKUser>> {
    constructor(uids: IntArray = intArrayOf()): super("users.get") {
        if (uids.isNotEmpty()) {
            addParam("user_ids", uids.joinToString(","))
        addParam("fields", "photo_200")

    override fun parse(r: JSONObject): List<VKUser> {
        val users = r.getJSONArray("response")
        val result = ArrayList<VKUser>()
        for (i in 0 until users.length()) {
        return result

Run request with VK.execute:

VK.execute(VKUsersRequest(), object: VKApiCallback<List<VKUser>> {
    override fun success(result: List<VKUser>) {
    override fun fail(error: VKApiExecutionException) {

If you are using RxJava in your project, you can do something like this:

Observable.fromCallable {
        // response here
    }, {
        // throwable here

If you need more complex request, you should override ApiCommand. This approach allows you to make multiple requests at once For example: VKUsersRequest

class VKUsersCommand(private val uids: IntArray = intArrayOf()): ApiCommand<List<VKUser>>() {
    override fun onExecute(manager: VKApiManager): List<VKUser> {

        if (uids.isEmpty()) {
            // if no uids, send user's data
            val call = VKMethodCall.Builder()
                    .args("fields", "photo_200")
            return manager.execute(call, ResponseApiParser())
        } else {
            val result = ArrayList<VKUser>()
            val chunks = uids.toList().chunked(CHUNK_LIMIT)
            for (chunk in chunks) {
                val call = VKMethodCall.Builder()
                        .args("user_ids", chunk.joinToString(","))
                        .args("fields", "photo_200")
                result.addAll(manager.execute(call, ResponseApiParser()))
            return result

    companion object {
        const val CHUNK_LIMIT = 900

    private class ResponseApiParser : VKApiResponseParser<List<VKUser>> {
        override fun parse(response: String): List<VKUser> {
            try {
                val ja = JSONObject(response).getJSONArray("response")
                val r = ArrayList<VKUser>(ja.length())
                for (i in 0 until ja.length()) {
                    val user = VKUser.parse(ja.getJSONObject(i))
                return r
            } catch (ex: JSONException) {
                throw VKApiIllegalResponseException(ex)

VKUsersCommand supports dividing by chunks for working with api limits. This is main difference between VKUsersRequest and VKUsersCommand

Also you can check up VKWallPostCommand. This an example of complex api request with file uploading

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