OpenCV with Android on Eclipse



If you haven’t already done it, get started with OpenCV from here. Also, OpenCV with Java tutorial is here.

Download opencv-android-sdk from here.

Download and install JDK from here

Download and Install Eclipse from here.

Download and extract Android NDK from

Now, edit the PATH in Environment Variables to add a new variable named NDKROOT and give its value as the NDK’s extracted folder destination.


  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help ‣ Install New Software…
  2. Click Add. In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter “ADT Plugin” for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
  3. In the Available Software dialog, select all and click Next and accept the License to install all the packages.

OpenCV integration with Eclipse:

In eclipse workspace, right click on the left window and click import.


General -> Existing Project into Workspace -> Browse to opencv-android-sdk folder

It should automatically load all the sample projects. If you have any errors, go to the end of the post to troubleshoot.

If you don’t have any errors, build the project and to run it,

First, connect your android device through USB. Go to phone settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging on

Then, go to play store and download OpenCV Manager app.


In the next window, select your Android device and the app runs on your mobile.

If you are having troubles with detecting your device, maybe you would have to install drivers from here.

If you want to set up a virtual device, go to here.


Adding C++ code to your Android Application:

Create a new Android Application and follow the defaults.


Now, after you’ve created the project,

Right click the project in Project Explorer -> New -> Other.. -> C++




Click Finish. Now go to Project Properties -> C/C++ Build,


Also, go to the Behavior tab and


copy the jni folder from other projects (Mixed Processing or Face detection) into the current project.

Next, go to the copied jni folder, open file and copy these 2 lines


Also, give the absolute path to the file which will be in your

Now, go to Project Properties -> C/C++ General -> Paths and Symbols and add the following


Note: The last path should be your path-to-Android-sdk/sdk/native/jno/include


First, if you get many errors, configuration problem might be the cause. For this, right click on each project Properties -> Android and click on any build targetUntitled

If you get the error “Program ‘make’ not found in the PATH”, then

Right click on the project. Go to C++ Build and paste ${NDKROOT}/ndk-build.cmd in builder as shown


Note: Make sure NDKROOT is in your environment variables

Next, go to Behavior and do as below


Now, right click on project and clean. If you still get an error, copy the jni folder from other projects (Mixed Processing or Face detection) into the current project.

If there’s an error generating R file. Like the one below,


The reason is that, if you included the generated appcompat_v7, this and your project should run the same version of android.


Change both appcompat_v7 and your project’s target platform to the latest android version (in my case API 23) and clean and build your project.

If you get any error in “appcompat“, like

Then, right click on its project properties and change the android apk to the latest version.

Then, Project -> Clean all

For OpenCV on Android Studio, go here.


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