Android quickstart

To get started with TensorFlow Lite on Android, we recommend exploring the following example.

Android image classification example

For an explanation of the source code, you should also read TensorFlow Lite Android image classification.

This example app uses image classification to continuously classify whatever it sees from the device's rear-facing camera. The application can run either on device or emulator.

Inference is performed using the TensorFlow Lite Java API. The demo app classifies frames in real-time, displaying the top most probable classifications. It allows the user to choose between a floating point or quantized model, select the thread count, and decide whether to run on CPU, GPU, or via NNAPI.

Build in Android Studio

To build the example in Android Studio, follow the instructions in

Create your own Android app

To get started quickly writing your own Android code, we recommend using our Android image classification example as a starting point.

The following sections contain some useful information for working with TensorFlow Lite on Android.

Use the TensorFlow Lite AAR from JCenter

To use TensorFlow Lite in your Android app, we recommend using the TensorFlow Lite AAR hosted at JCenter.

You can specify this in your build.gradle dependencies as follows:

dependencies {
    implementation 'org.tensorflow:tensorflow-lite:0.0.0-nightly'

This AAR includes binaries for all of the Android ABIs. You can reduce the size of your application's binary by only including the ABIs you need to support.

We recommend most developers omit the x86, x86_64, and arm32 ABIs. This can be achieved with the following Gradle configuration, which specifically includes only armeabi-v7a and arm64-v8a, which should cover most modern Android devices.

android {
    defaultConfig {
        ndk {
            abiFilters 'armeabi-v7a', 'arm64-v8a'

To learn more about abiFilters, see NdkOptions in the Android Gradle documentation.

Build TensorFlow Lite locally

In some cases, you might wish to use a local build of TensorFlow Lite. For example, you may be building a custom binary that includes operations selected from TensorFlow.

In this case, follow the custom AAR build instructions to create your own AAR and include it in your app.