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Support for using Spring when developing native Android applications.

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Spring for Android

Spring for Android is an extension of the Spring Framework that aims to simplify the development of native Android applications.

Downloading artifacts

The Android Maven Plugin makes it possible to build Android applications utilizing the power of Maven dependency management. See downloading Spring artifacts for Maven repository information. Unable to use Maven or other transitive dependency management tools? See building a distribution with dependencies.


Spring for Android consists of three modules: Core, Rest Template, and Auth.





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See the current Javadoc and reference docs.

Sample Applications

Several example projects are available in the samples repository.

Issue Tracking

Report issues via the Spring Android JIRA. While JIRA is preferred, GitHub issues are also welcome. Understand our issue management process by reading about the lifecycle of an issue.

Build from Source

  1. Clone the repository from GitHub:

    $ git clone git://

    Note: If you are unfamiliar with Git, you may want to try GitHub for Windows or GitHub for Mac.

  2. Navigate into the cloned repository directory:

    $ cd spring-android
  3. The project uses [Gradle] to build:

    $ ./gradlew build
  4. Install jars into your local Maven cache (optional)

    $ ./gradlew install

Import Source into your IDE


  1. To generate Eclipse metadata (.classpath and .project files):

    $ ./gradlew eclipse
  2. Once complete, you may then import the projects into Eclipse as usual:

    File -> Import -> Existing projects into workspace

    Note: Spring Tool Suite includes support for [Gradle], and you can simply import as Gradle projects.


Generate IDEA metadata (.iml and .ipr files):

$ ./gradlew idea


There are three Android Test Projects located in the "test" folder of the repository that correspond to the three Spring for Android Modules (Core, Rest Template, and Auth). To run the suite of tests, perform the following steps. The parent POM located in the root of the "test" folder will execute each test project on all attached devices and emulators. The tests will fail if there is no device or emulator attached.

Run the Android tests:

$ ./gradlew testAndroid

Note: To view the output, use the --info parameter when running Gradle

Gradle runs the tests using the Android Maven Plugin. Alternatively the test suite can be executed using the following Maven command:

$ mvn clean install -f ./test/pom.xml

Test results are available in the following directory for each test project:



Pull requests are welcome. See the contributor guidelines for details.


Spring for Android is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License.

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