Hunting down good libraries can be a pretty tedious chore for developers. Sometimes we know what we want, but can't find the right keywords for a search. Other times we're already familiar with one option but want to find alternatives that might work better for our project. And sometimes, we just need a little inspiration. Take a look at The Android Arsenal, a large categorized directory of Android-oriented projects that can go a long way toward speeding up your development.

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Android Arsenal is only a few days old and it's already up to 254 links (at the time of this writing). Most of the libraries are open source projects hosted on Github or Google Project Hosting, but there are a few paid and closed source outliers. The list is pretty varied, including a fairly even split of user interface controls, libraries for processing different types of data and protocols, and tools for different stages of app design and development. If you notice a project missing from the list, the author encourages submissions by forking the original project on Github and sending a pull request with the update.

Alright, your break is over. Get back to coding!


Thanks, Nick Butcher

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Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

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  • Jays2Kings

    Does it contain any libraries for a compass :P

    • Android Developer

      Doesn't the API demos already contain a sample for it?

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    • VladBauer

      It does, please check "Sensors" section.
      It will be also great if you suggest something new. :)

  • ih8legal

    This gonna be so useful

  • Alexander Terry

    might want to link to the arsenal directly.


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Grr. That's the second link that disappeared recently when I published a post.
      Fixed. Thanks!

  • kachya

    Cool, libgdx is on the list

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    Ooo yeah, dis gon b gud!

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  • vict90

    I'm dreamin

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  • redsnowfox

    They should add a [paid] tag with the links.

    • VladBauer

      I added special menu item for paid projects.

  • h4rr4r

    It just hosts links?
    Something like CPAN would be a million times better.

  • Mark

    Does 'lots of things are over' include his Barca career?

  • Pinai Veni

    No mention of Devappsdirect? The app even lets you try out the library with a click. In fact there are many great alternatives,




  • http://www.linenstrader.co.uk/ Ravikaleova

    Android Arsenal is just a couple of days old and its now up to 254 connections (at the time of this written work). The majority of the libraries are open source tasks facilitated on Github or Google Project Hosting, however there are a couple of paid and shut source outliers.