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Getting Started

The easiest way to start using Oboe is to build it from source by adding a few steps to an existing Android Studio project.

Adding Oboe to your project

1. Clone the github repository

Start by cloning the Oboe repository:

git clone

Make a note of the path which you cloned oboe into - you will need it shortly

2. Update CMakeLists.txt

Open your app's CMakeLists.txt. This can be found under External Build Files in the Android project view. If you don't have a CMakeLists.txt you will need to add C++ support to your project.

CMakeLists.txt location in Android Studio

Now add the following commands to the end of CMakeLists.txt. Remember to update **PATH TO OBOE** with your local Oboe path from the previous step:

# Set the path to the Oboe directory.
set (OBOE_DIR ***PATH TO OBOE***) 

# Add the Oboe library as a subdirectory in your project.
add_subdirectory (${OBOE_DIR} ./oboe) 

# Specify the path to the Oboe header files.
include_directories (${OBOE_DIR}/include)  

In the same file find the target_link_libraries command. Add oboe to the list of libraries which your app's library depends on. For example:

target_link_libraries(native-lib oboe)

Here's a complete example CMakeLists.txt file:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.4.1)

# Build our own native library
add_library (native-lib SHARED src/main/cpp/native-lib.cpp )

# Specify the libraries which our native library is dependent on, including Oboe
target_link_libraries (native-lib log oboe)

# Build the Oboe library
set (OBOE_DIR ../../../oboe)  
add_subdirectory (${OBOE_DIR} ./oboe) 

# Make the Oboe public headers available to our app
include_directories (${OBOE_DIR}/include)

Now go to Build->Refresh Linked C++ Projects to have Android Studio index the Oboe library.

Verify that your project builds correctly. If you have any issues building please report them here.

Using Oboe

Once you've added Oboe to your project you can start using Oboe's features. The simplest, and probably most common thing you'll do in Oboe is to create an audio stream.

Creating an audio stream

Include the Oboe header:

#include <oboe/Oboe.h>

Streams are built using an AudioStreamBuilder. Create one like this:

oboe::AudioStreamBuilder builder;

Use the builder's set methods to set properties on the stream (you can read more about these properties in the full guide):


Define an AudioStreamCallback class to receive callbacks whenever the stream requires new data.

class MyCallback : public oboe::AudioStreamCallback {
    onAudioReady(oboe::AudioStream *audioStream, void *audioData, int32_t numFrames){
        generateSineWave(static_cast<float *>(audioData), numFrames);
        return oboe::DataCallbackResult::Continue;

Supply this callback class to the builder:

MyCallback myCallback;

Open the stream:

oboe::AudioStream *stream;
oboe::Result result = builder.openStream(&stream);

Check the result to make sure the stream was opened successfully. Oboe has a convenience method for converting its types into human-readable strings called oboe::convertToText:

if (result != Result::OK){
    LOGE("Failed to create stream. Error: %s", oboe::convertToText(result));

Note that this sample code uses the logging macros from here.

Check the properties of the created stream. The format is one property which you should check. This will dictate the audioData type in the AudioStreamCallback::onAudioReady callback.

oboe::AudioFormat format = stream->getFormat();
LOGI("AudioStream format is %s", oboe::convertToText(format));

Now start the stream.


At this point you should start receiving callbacks.

When you are done with the stream you should close it:


Note that close() is a blocking call which also stops the stream.

Obtaining optimal latency

One of the goals of the Oboe library is to provide low latency audio streams on the widest range of hardware configurations. On some devices (namely those which can only use OpenSL ES) the "native" sample rate and buffer size of the audio device must be supplied when the stream is opened.

Oboe provides a convenient way of setting global default values so that the sample rate and buffer size do not have to be set each time an audio stream is created.

Here's a code sample showing how the default values for built-in devices can be passed to Oboe:

    AudioManager myAudioMgr = (AudioManager) context.getSystemService(Context.AUDIO_SERVICE);
    String sampleRateStr = myAudioMgr.getProperty(AudioManager.PROPERTY_OUTPUT_SAMPLE_RATE);
    int defaultSampleRate = Integer.parseInt(sampleRateStr);
    String framesPerBurstStr = myAudioMgr.getProperty(AudioManager.PROPERTY_OUTPUT_FRAMES_PER_BUFFER);
    int defaultFramesPerBurst = Integer.parseInt(framesPerBurstStr);



Java_com_google_sample_oboe_hellooboe_MainActivity_native_1setDefaultSampleRate(JNIEnv *env,
                                                                                  jclass type,
                                                                                  jint sampleRate) {
    oboe::DefaultStreamValues::SampleRate = (int32_t) sampleRate;

Java_com_google_sample_oboe_hellooboe_MainActivity_native_1setDefaultFramesPerBurst(JNIEnv *env,
                                                                                      jclass type,
                                                                                      jint framesPerBurst) {
    oboe::DefaultStreamValues::FramesPerBurst = (int32_t) framesPerBurst;

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