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Compile openssl and curl for Android


Make sure you have Android NDK installed.

You may also need to install autoconf and libtool toolchains as well as build essentials.


If you do not want to compile them yourself, you can download pre-compiled static libraries from releases. They are in build.tar.gz.

Doing your own compilation is recommended, since the pre-compiled binary can become outdated soon.

Checkout newer versions in git submodules to compile newer versions of the libraries. For example, to build OpenSSL_1_1_1l and curl-7_78_0:

cd openssl
git fetch
git checkout OpenSSL_1_1_1l
cd ..

cd curl
git fetch
git checkout curl-7_78_0
cd ..


git clone
cd openssl-curl-android
git submodule update --init --recursive

export NDK=your_android_ndk_root_here # e.g. $HOME/Library/Android/sdk/ndk/23.0.7599858
export HOST_TAG=see_this_table_for_info # e.g. darwin-x86_64, see
export MIN_SDK_VERSION=23 # or any version you want

chmod +x ./

All compiled libs are located in build/openssl and build/curl directory.

Use NDK to link those libs, part of example:

include $(CLEAR_VARS)
LOCAL_SRC_FILES := build/curl/$(TARGET_ARCH_ABI)/libcurl.a


  • Change scripts' configure arguments to meet your own needs.

  • For now, using TLS (https) in Android would throw peer verification failed.

    Please explicitly set curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_CAINFO, CA_BUNDLE_PATH); where CA_BUNDLE_PATH is your ca bundle path in the device storage.

    You can download and copy cacert.pem to Android assets or the device internal storage to get TLS working for libcurl.

Working Examples

  • See this minimal example which calls curl from Android app, using JNI to use libcurl: AndroidCurlExample. It includes setup and JNI configurations.

  • Checkout this more complex repo to see how to integrate other compiled static libraries into an existing Android project, including setup and JNI configurations.