This repo is an official mirror of Android Jetpack libraries that enables external contributions to a select number of libraries via GitHub pull requests.

Why this repository exists

The Android team has been exploring how we could make it easier to develop libraries that don’t rely on infrastructure from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This GitHub infrastructure has two benefits. First, it makes it easier to contribute to a small set of Jetpack libraries. Second, this parallel infrastructure makes it possible to build and test Jetpack libraries against non-Android target platforms.

What can you contribute to?

You can start contributing to any of the following library groups from GitHub:

Our tooling currently supports macOS and Linux. This new setup is a work-in-progress, so it might have some rough edges. Please bear with us while we streamline this workflow.

Getting Started

We have tried to make contributing to androidx a lot easier with this new setup. Just start by creating a fork of the AndroidX/androidx GitHub repository.

One Time Setup

  • Click on the Actions tab in the forked androidx repository, and enable the use of Workflows.

  • Download and install JDK 11, if you don’t have it already.

    Next, you need to set up the following environment variables:

    # You could also add this to your .{bash|zsh}rc file.
    export JAVA_HOME="location of JDK 11 folder"
    export ANDROID_SDK_ROOT="location of the Android SDK folder"

Checkout & Importing a Project

The list of folders that can be contributed to, using the GitHub repository are:

  -- paging
  -- room
  -- work

Note: For other projects, you will still need to use the Gerrit workflow used by the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). For more information, please look at the README.

Fork the AndroidX/androidx repository.

We recommend cloning using blob filter to reduce checkout size:

git clone --filter=blob:none

Let’s assume that you want to make a contribution to Room. The first step is to launch Android Studio and import the Room project.

First launch Android Studio using:

cd androidx/room
# This will automatically launch the `room` project in Android Studio.
./gradlew studio

The studio task automatically downloads the correct version of Android Studio that matches the Android Gradle Plugin version.

Making Changes

You can now start making changes to the Room project. Making changes is just like making changes to any other Android project. It’s a good idea to build consensus on the change you intend to make. Make sure there is a related issue on the AOSP issue tracker and start a conversation on that issue to ensure project maintainers are aware of it. It is best to start the conversation as early as possible to avoid duplicating work as other contributors might already be working on it.

Validating changes locally

Before you send out a pull request, it’s always a good idea to run tests locally to make sure that you have not accidentally introduced bugs. Also, given all AndroidX projects follow semantic versioning, it's also important for projects to not introduce breaking changes without changing the library’s major version.

Apart from this, there are checks that ensure developers follow the Android coding standards & guidelines.

To make sure that your code passes all the above checks & tests you can run:

# Switch to the `room` directory or the project you are working on.
cd room
# Run device side and host side tests
./gradlew test connectedCheck

# Run additional checks
./gradlew buildOnServer

# If you are testing on an emulator, you can disable benchmark tests as
# follows since they require a real device to run
./gradlew \
    test connectedCheck \
    -x :room:room-benchmark:cC \
    -x :room:integration-tests:room-incremental-annotation-processing:test

Once your changes look good, you can push them to your fork of the repository. Now you are ready to make a pull request.

Note: When you make changes to an API, you need to run:

./gradlew updateApi

If you are adding new APIs, then you might additionally need to update LibraryVersions.kt as well, before running the updateApi task. This is relevant when the library’s API is frozen (betas, rc’s and stable versions). For alpha versions, you don’t have to update this file.

This helps the AndroidX project keep track of API changes and avoid inadvertently adding APIs or introduce backwards incompatible changes.

Note: In case you make a valid violation of Lint, you can use @Suppress("Rule") in Kotlin, or @SuppressLint("Rule") in Java to suppress the rule.

Note: CI build will already check for these but it is best to run them locally to speedup the process.

Making a Pull Request

To create a pull request click on this link and then click on New Pull Request.

Then click on the compare across forks and select your forked repository as the HEAD repository. Then click Create.

All pull requests must follow the following conventions.

  1. The pull request includes a short description of the change, and a longer detailed description.
  2. Include a Test stanza in the pull request which describes the steps followed by the developer to test the changes.
  3. Include a Fixes stanza that describes the issue being fixed. That way the corresponding issue trackers can automatically be resolved once the change lands in AOSP.

Here is an example:

Short description for the change.

Longer explanation for the change.

Test: A test stanza. For e.g. /gradlew test connectedCheck
Fixes: b/<bugId> if applicable

The Pull Request Workflow

AndroidX is primarily developed in AOSP. This flow simply mirrors pull requests from GitHub into Gerrit, For all intents and purposes, AOSP is the single source of truth, all changes will be merged in Gerrit and mirrored back to GitHub.

Here is what a typical pull request workflow looks like:

  1. Create a GitHub pull request from your forked repository to the androidx-master-dev branch on GitHub.
  2. Sign the Contributor’s License Agreement at to get @googlebot to give you the cla: yes label.
  3. Your PR will be reviewed using the GitHub pull request flow. You can address the comments / suggestions in your forked repository and update the pull request as normal.
  4. Once the changes look good, a Googler will Approve your pull request on GitHub.
  5. Your PR will be tested using GitHub workflows. You can monitor these GitHub workflows by using the Actions tab in your forked repository.
  6. Once your pull request has been approved by a Googler, it will also be mirrored to AOSP Gerrit. You can find the link to Gerrit under the status check, import/copybara left by @copybara-service, by clicking details.
  7. Once all the checks in Gerrit and GitHub pass, your change will get merged in androidx-master-dev in AOSP and mirrored back to androidx-master-dev in GitHub. Congratulations, your change landed in AOSP!
  8. Currently, your pull request will not get automatically closed when your changes are merged. So you will have to close the pull request manually. We are working on improving the workflow to address this.

Running into problems?

  • If you see GitHub workflows failing, then look at the verbose logs under the Actions tab for more information. If you don’t understand why a test might be failing, then reach out to us by creating a new issue here.