Using cURL in Android

I would like to use cURL library in my android application in native code (using NDK r5b, the latest). After researching online, it seems the only way to use cURL in android is to build the entire android source tree with curl in it, and somehow this generates a necessary config file for cURL to work on Android. I don't have any experience building the android sources from scratch and was wondering if there is a way to use cURL library in Android without having to rebuild android from source. Ideally, being able to just use cURL as a static or shared library would be perfect. I tried following the steps mentioned here...

but end up getting errors in the file curlrules.h like CURL_SIZEOF_LONG definition is missing!

I assume these errors are due to not having that config file I mentioned but the steps in the above link didn't mention any of that and reported success. Any ideas?


I'm on a similar quest! I'm working on an app right now that requires cURL and just tonight in my search I came across your post here, and what I believe to be the answer:

Unlike the link you referenced, there are several follow-up comments from other people who claim to have success also following the instructions. If you manage to get it compiled before me, and wouldn't mind sending me the library, post a follow up here! (I'm pretty new to stack overflow so I don't know if you can pm.) Hope this works out for both of us!

It seems that there are projects on github that automated both openssl and libcurl for NDK build:

Going to use those in my own app, so I can have single library to deal with backend communication for both iOS and Android...

After check all possibles post about this, I finally got a good compilation using a Linux x64 machine and Curl version 7.37.0 at path ${android-ndk-r10}.

Maybe this steps can help you:

${android-ndk-r10}/build/tools/ --platform=android-15 --arch=armv7-a --toolchain=arm-linux-androideabi-4.8 --install-dir=./tmp/android-15

export CC="${android-ndk-r10}/external/curl/tmp/android-15/bin/arm-linux-androideabi-gcc"

./configure --host=arm-linux --enable-cross-compile --enable-threaded-resolver --disable-shared --disable-ftp --disable-file --disable-ldap --disable-ldaps --disable-rtsp --disable-dict --disable-telnet --disable-tftp --disable-pop3 --disable-imap --disable-smtp --disable-gopher --disable-manual --enable-proxy --enable-ipv6 --enable-cookies --enable-symbol-hiding --disable-versioned-symbols --disable-soname-bump --disable-sspi --disable-ntlm-wb --prefix=${android-ndk-r10}/external/curl/build/curl-7.37.0

make -j4

make install

You will get a build version at ${android-ndk-r10}/external/curl/build/curl-7.37.0.

If you are using a 64bits machine to compile, maybe 2 defines are bad, and you get this error:

error: size of array '__curl_rule_01__' is negative

I solve redefining the variables in file ${CurlbuildAndroid}/include/curl/curlbuild.h (Its dangerous to do this, but it worked!):


I followid this link. And it works for me. I did not have to download the whole android repository in order to compile the libcurl

"CURL_SIZEOF_LONG definition is missing!"

there is a way for it .

change the curlbuild.h at line number 162 add like this,if you are arm32 platform.

#    define CURL_SIZEOF_LONG           4
#    define CURL_TYPEOF_CURL_OFF_T     long long
#    define CURL_FORMAT_CURL_OFF_T     "lld"
#    define CURL_FORMAT_CURL_OFF_TU    "llu"
#    define CURL_FORMAT_OFF_T          "%lld"
#    define CURL_SIZEOF_CURL_OFF_T     8
#    define CURL_SUFFIX_CURL_OFF_T     LL
#  define CURL_TYPEOF_CURL_SOCKLEN_T unsigned int
//#define __SYMBIAN32__

You can choose to download cURL for android at

I had a similar question which didn't get answered and thus was automatically removed :(

Anyway I've successfully used curl on android and have uploaded a compiled version to help the people still searching.

Download: libcurl_for_arm

I also required a typecheck-gcc.h file which I've amended and uploaded here too

Download: typecheck-gcc.h

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