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android – How to use my custom library apk file in other applications

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I have my own custom library apk file (say lib.apk) & i want make it
available to other applications.
How to provide the uses-library in the android manifest.xml file in
other apps so as to use my custom library.

How to&Answers:

The <uses-library> element is for add-ons supplied as extensions to the firmware. AFAIK, it will not be usable for your scenario.

Most likely, you will need to implement a service that exposes an API via AIDL, or uses a set of documented Intent actions to exchange data with other applications, or exposes a ContentProvider.

Otherwise, package your code as a JAR, not an APK. You can see many examples of this in my github repositories (all of the cwac- ones follow this pattern).


When converting from a jar library to and apk library make sure that the reference to the jar is removed from “Java Build Path” -> “Projects” and the library is added to “Android” -> “Library”.


I try to use a jar library in eclipse (I added an external jar library in the Java Build Path options of my project). The application compiles but I have a “Could not find class…” exception at runtime.


You can actually make a project that links to another project.

You have to do two things in Eclipse:

  • add uses-library = package name in the manifest.xml
  • open project properties -> Java Build Path -> Projects and add the project of the used library

But i haven’t managed to make it run. The sdk correcly uploads both packages, but I get an link error

WARN/dalvikvm(444): Link of class 'Lme/guillaumin/android/osmtracker/activity/DisplayTrackMap;' failed
ERROR/dalvikvm(444): Could not find class 'me.guillaumin.android.osmtracker.activity.DisplayTrackMap', referenced from method me.guillaumin.android.osmtracker.activity.TrackLogger.onOptionsItemSelected
WARN/dalvikvm(444): VFY: unable to resolve const-class 154 (Lme/guillaumin/android/osmtracker/activity/DisplayTrackMap;) in Lme/guillaumin/android/osmtracker/activity/TrackLogger;

The VM cannot load the class in my app that links into the libs app.


The lib.apk “application” should publish intents using Intent-Filters in the AndroidManifest.xml file.

The activity which requires to use the activity within the lib.apk, just needs to start an intent like below :

  Intent i = new Intent();
  i.setClass(this, libAPKActivity.class);