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Build Android APK

a multi-core X86 host with a minimum requirement of 16GB of RAM and a minimum disk size of 512GB.

1. Install Ubuntu and Run the Container

  • Install docker
sudo apt install
  • Pull ubuntu:22.04 from the docker repository
sudo docker pull ubuntu:22.04
  • Run ubuntu:22.04
sudo docker run -it --name ubuntu_build_apk ubuntu:22.04

2. Install cmdline tools和ndk

  • Update the list of package
apt update
  • Go to the home directory and install the related tools
cd ~ && apt install wget zip openjdk-11-jre git openjdk-17-jre -y
  • Install cmdline package
  • Unzip the file
  • Set PATEH environment variable
export PATH=$PATH:/root/cmdline-tools/bin/
  • Set ANDROID_SDK_ROOT environment variable
mkdir /root/sdk_root && export ANDROID_SDK_ROOT=/root/sdk_root/
  • Install android ndk21.1.6352462
sdkmanager --sdk_root=/root/sdk_root/ 'ndk;21.1.6352462'

If you encounter the prompt "Accept?(y/N):" during the command execution, please press 'y'.

3. Build Systemui APK

  • Get the source code and go to the boringdroidsystemui directory
git clone && cd boringdroidsystemui
  • Set JAVA_HOME environment variable
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/
  • Execute gradle and build the apk
./gradlew build

Note: Due to the requirement of sdkmanager to run on Java 17 and the limitation of compiling APKs on Java 11, it is necessary to reset JAVA_HOME to Java 11. Compiling with Java 17 will result in the following error.

Unable to make field private final java.lang.String accessible: module java.base does not "opens" to unnamed module @71cff6a8.

After compilation is complete, you can find the BoringdroidSystemUI.apk file in the app/build/outputs/apk/release directory.

4. Build FdeVNC APK

  • Back to the home directory and get the source code of fde-vnc
cd ~ && git clone 
  • Go tot the remote-desktop-clients directory and build bVNC-app
cd remote-desktop-clients && ./gradlew :bVNC-app:assembleRelease  -PVersionName="1.0.5"
  • Back to the home directory and get the source code of gallery-fde
cd ~ && git clone
  • Go to the gallery-fde and change its mode
cd gallery_fde && chmod +x gradlew
  • Build app
./gradlew  build -PappVersion=1.0.6

6. Copy APK to AOSP

Open a new Linux shell terminal and copy the compiled APK files from sections 3.3 and 3.4 out of the container.

docker cp ubuntu_build_apk:/root/boringdroidsystemui/app/build/outputs/apk/release/BoringdroidSystemUI.apk  $AOSP_TOP_DIR/vendor/prebuilts/bdapps/bin/BoringdroidSystemUI.apk
docker cp ubuntu_build_apk:/root/remote-desktop-clients/bVNC-app/build/outputs/apk/release/FdeVncClient.apk $AOSP_TOP_DIR/device/openfde/fde/fde_vnc/

$AOSP_TOP_DIR represents the top-level directory of the AOSP source tree.