Turn your Python application into an Android APK
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Special Edition for MobileInsight

The changes made to the original python-for-android project are:

  • added mobileinsight recipe.
  • added services for launching mobileInsight when starting Android

## Note

  • For developers: to debug the mobileInsight-desktop locally without

pushing to remote repo, go to python-for-android/pythonforandroid/recipes/mobileinsight/__init__.py, and change line 9 and line 10 according to the instructions. Then re-install python-for-android.


python-for-android is a packager for Python apps on Android. You can create your own Python distribution including the modules and dependencies you want, and bundle it in an APK along with your own code.

Features include:

  • Support for building with both Python 2 and Python 3.
  • Different app backends including Kivy, PySDL2, and a WebView with Python webserver.
  • Automatic support for most pure Python modules, and built in support for many others, including popular dependencies such as numpy and sqlalchemy.
  • Multiple architecture targets, for APKs optimised on any given device.

For documentation and support, see:

In 2015 these tools were rewritten to provide a new, easier to use and extend interface. If you are looking for the old toolchain with distribute.sh and build.py, it is still available at https://github.com/kivy/python-for-android/tree/old_toolchain, and issues and PRs relating to this branch are still accepted. However, the new toolchain contains all the same functionality via the built in pygame bootstrap.


Follow the quickstart instructions to install and begin creating APKs.

Quick instructions to start would be:

pip install python-for-android

or to test the master branch:

pip install git+https://github.com/kivy/python-for-android.git

The executable is called python-for-android or p4a (both are equivalent). To test that the installation worked, try:

python-for-android recipes

This should return a list of recipes available to be built.

To build any distributions, you need to set up the Android SDK and NDK as described in the documentation linked above.

If you did this, to build an APK with SDL2 you can try e.g.:

p4a apk --requirements=kivy --private /home/asandy/devel/planewave_frozen/ --package=net.inclem.planewavessdl2 --name="planewavessdl2" --version=0.5 --bootstrap=sdl2

For full instructions and parameter options, see the documentation.


If you need assistance, you can ask for help on our mailing list:

We also have an IRC channel:

  • Server: irc.freenode.net
  • Port: 6667, 6697 (SSL only)
  • Channel: #kivy


We love pull requests and discussing novel ideas. Check out our contribution guide and feel free to improve python-for-android.

The following mailing list and IRC channel are used exclusively for discussions about developing the Kivy framework and its sister projects:

IRC channel:

  • Server: irc.freenode.net
  • Port: 6667, 6697 (SSL only)
  • Channel: #kivy or #kivy-dev


python-for-android is released under the terms of the MIT License. Please refer to the LICENSE file.