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Building JNI for OpenCV in Android

asked 2013-05-11 20:35:01 -0500

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updated 2013-05-11 20:36:06 -0500

Bear with me - this is a long description, but I wanted to include all details. I'm trying use android NDK and JNI for building OpenCV Android apps. I've also tried posting on SO with no avail.

I'm following this tutorial to get everything installed:

The following installed just fine:


Contents of my .bashrc file:

export  NDK=/Users/Me/Code/Android/android-ndk-r4-crystax
export  SDK=/Users/Me/Code/Android/adt-bundle-mac-x86_64-20130219/
export  OPCV=/Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv
export  PATH=$NDK:$SDK/tools:$SDK/platform-tools:$PATH
export NDK_ROOT=$NDK

Making OpenCV libraries went just fine.

Due to complaint in using make, I had to make a small edit in /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/ which looked like so:


Then upon trying again to make in the android-jni, directory, disaster struck:

/Users/Me/Code/Android/android-ndk-r4-crystax/ndk-build OPENCV_CONFIG=../build/ \
    PROJECT_PATH= ARM_TARGETS="armeabi armeabi-v7a" V= 
Gdbserver      : [arm-eabi-4.4.0] /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/libs/armeabi/gdbserver
Gdbsetup       : /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/libs/armeabi/gdb.setup
Gdbsetup       : + source directory /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/jni
Gdbserver      : [arm-eabi-4.4.0] /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/libs/armeabi-v7a/gdbserver
Gdbsetup       : /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/libs/armeabi-v7a/gdb.setup
Gdbsetup       : + source directory /Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/jni
SharedLibrary  :
/Users/Me/Code/Android/android-ndk-r4-crystax/build/prebuilt/darwin-x86/arm-eabi-4.4.0/bin/../lib/gcc/arm-eabi/4.4.0/../../../../arm-eabi/bin/ld: cannot find -lopencv_calib3d
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[1]: *** [/Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/android/android-jni/obj/local/armeabi/] Error 1
make: *** [libs/armeabi-v7a/] Error 2

I thought perhaps this was a pkg-config error, but that appears to be set up as well, though in my old install of OpenCV. Below is the output of pkg-config --cflags --libs opencv:

-I/usr/include/opencv  /usr/lib/libopencv_calib3d.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_contrib.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_core.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_features2d.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_flann.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_gpu.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_highgui.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_imgproc.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_legacy.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_ml.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_nonfree.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_objdetect.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_photo.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_stitching.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_ts.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_video.dylib /usr/lib/libopencv_videostab.dylib

The install built by this particular tutorial has placed an opencv.pc file at this location:


BUT Running the below and trying make again doesn't fix the problem:

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/Users/Me/Code/OpenCV/opencv/build/unix-install

Any ideas on how I can complete this build?

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answered 2013-05-12 04:59:00 -0500

Andrey Pavlenko gravatar image

The official up-to-date tutorials are here:

  1. Introduction into Android Development
  2. OpenCV4Android SDK
  3. Android Development with OpenCV

Try them please.

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the tutorial I linked should work just fine, it is used by stanford as recent as last month. it's also not really an answer to my question. do you have any specific recommendations given the build error I have above?

cvforall gravatar imagecvforall ( 2013-05-12 21:17:14 -0500 )edit

the answer is that there are official tutorials that are tested and supported by OpenCV dev team; so if some 3rd-party tutorial doesn't work it makes sense to try the official ones!

as for specific recommendations - I'm not sure the recent OpenCV4Android supports such an old NDK as r4, at least we don't test it with NDK older than r8.

Andrey Pavlenko gravatar imageAndrey Pavlenko ( 2013-05-13 03:18:53 -0500 )edit
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