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Crypto++ Android

This repository contains Android build files for Wei Dai's Crypto++ ( It supplies and for Crypto++ for those who want to use Android build tools. Android's build system is officialy unsupported, so use it at your own risk.

The purpose of Crypto++ Android build is three-fold:

  1. better support Android distributions
  2. supplement the GNUmakefile which is reaching its limits with repsect to GNUmake-based configuration
  3. utilize compiler feature probes that produce better results on x86, ARM, and MIPS

The initial and based on Alex Afanasyev's pull request at

There is a wiki page available that discusses the Android build system and the Crypto++ project files in more detail at

The Android build files are a work in progress, so use it at your own risk. The head notes in list some outstanding items. Please feel free to make pull requests to fix problems.


The general workflow is clone Wei Dai's crypto++, add Android as a submodule, and then copy the files of interest into the Crypto++ directory:

git clone
cd cryptopp
git submodule add android
git submodule update --remote

cp "$PWD/android/" "$PWD"
cp "$PWD/android/" "$PWD"

To update the library and the submodule perform the following. The make clean is needed because reconfigure'ing does not invalidate the previously built objects or artifacts.

cd cryptopp
git pull
git submodule update --remote

cp "$PWD/android/" "$PWD"
cp "$PWD/android/" "$PWD"

Despite our efforts we have not been able to add the submodule to Crypto++ for seamless integration. If anyone knows how to add the submodule directly to the Crypto++ directory, then please provide the instructions.

ZIP Files

If you are working from a Crypto++ release zip file, then you should download the same cryptopp-autotools release zip file. Both Crypto++ and this project use the same release tags, such as CRYPTOPP_8_0_0.

If you mix and match Master with a release zip file then things may not work as expected. You may find the build project files reference a source file that is not present in the Crypto++ release.


Before running the Autotools project please ensure you have the following installed:

  1. Android NDK
  2. Android SDK
  3. ANDROID_NDK_ROOT envar set
  4. ANDROID_SDK_ROOT envar set

ANDROID_NDK_ROOT and ANDROID_SDK_ROOT are NDK and SDK environmental variables used by the Android tools. They should be set whenever you use Android's command line tools. The project does not use environmental variables from Eclipse or Android Studio like ANDROID_HOME or ANDROID_SDK_HOME. Also see Recommended NDK Directory? on the Android NDK mailing list.


The Android build files require an unusal filesystem layout. Your Crypto++ source files will be located in a folder like <project root>/cryptopp-7.1. and will be located in a folder like <project root>/jni. You must set CRYPTOPP_ROOT in to a value like ../cryptopp-7.1/. The trailing slash is important because is uses GNU Make's addprefix which is a simple concatenation.

To run the script issue ndk-build with several NDK build variables set. NDK_PROJECT_PATH and NDK_APPLICATION_MK are required when not using Android default paths like jni/.

cd cryptopp

According to NDK Build you should set NDK_DEBUG=1 for debug builds and NDK_DEBUG=0 for release builds. You can also set NDK_LOG=1 and V=1 for verbose NDK builds which should help with diagnostics.


We would like all maintainers to be collaborators on this repo. If you are a maintainer then please contact us so we can send you an invite.

If you are a collaborator then make changes as you see fit. You don't need to ask for permission to make a change. Noloader is not an Android expert so there are probably lots of opportunities for improvement.

Keep in mind other folks may be using the files, so try not to break things for the other guy. We have to be mindful of different versions of the NDK and API versions.

Everything in this repo is release under Public Domain code. If the license or terms is unpalatable for you, then don't feel obligated to commit.


The Android project files are separate at the moment for several reason, like avoiding Git log pollution with Android branch experiments. We also need to keep a logical separation because GNUmake is the official build system, and not the Android project files.

Eventually we would like to do two things. First, we would like to move this project from Jeff Walton's GitHub to Wei Dai's GitHub to provide stronger assurances on provenance. Second, we would like to provide an and place it in the Crypto++ TestScripts/ directory to make it easier for folks to use Android.