The Android source tree is located in a Git repository hosted by Google. The Git repository includes metadata for the Android source, including those related to changes to the source and the date they were made. This document describes how to download the source tree for a specific Android code-line.
To instead start with a factory image for a specific device, see Selecting a device build.
Repo is a tool that makes it easier to work with Git in the context of Android. For more information about Repo, see the Repo Command Reference.
To install Repo:
Make sure you have a
bin/directory in your home directory and that it is included in your path:
Download the Repo tool and ensure that it is executable:
curl https://storage.googleapis.com/git-repo-downloads/repo > ~/bin/repo
chmod a+x ~/bin/repo
For version 1.23, the SHA-256 checksum for repo is
For version 1.25, the SHA-256 checksum for repo is
Initializing a Repo client
After installing Repo, set up your client to access the Android source repository:
Create an empty directory to hold your working files. If you're using MacOS, this has to be on a case-sensitive filesystem. Give it any name you like:
Configure git with your real name and email address. To use the Gerrit code-review tool, you will need an email address that is connected with a registered Google account. Make sure this is a live address at which you can receive messages. The name that you provide here will show up in attributions for your code submissions.
git config --global user.name "Your Name"
git config --global user.email "firstname.lastname@example.org"
repo initto bring down the latest version of Repo with all its most recent bug fixes. You must specify a URL for the manifest, which specifies where the various repositories included in the Android source will be placed within your working directory.
repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest
To check out a branch other than "master", specify it with
-b. For a list of branches, see Source Code Tags and Builds.
repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1
A successful initialization will end with a message stating that Repo is
initialized in your working directory. Your client directory should now
.repo directory where files such as the manifest will
Downloading the Android source tree
To pull down the Android source tree to your working directory from the repositories as specified in the default manifest, run
The Android source files will be located in your working directory under their
project names. The initial sync operation will take an hour or more to
complete. For more about
repo sync and other Repo commands, see
By default, access to the Android source code is anonymous. To protect the servers against excessive usage, each IP address is associated with a quota.
When sharing an IP address with other users (e.g. when accessing the source repositories from beyond a NAT firewall), the quotas can trigger even for regular usage patterns (e.g. if many users sync new clients from the same IP address within a short period).
In that case, it is possible to use authenticated access, which then uses a separate quota for each user, regardless of the IP address.
The first step is to create a password with the password generator and follow the instructions on the password generator page.
The second step is to force authenticated access by using the following
Notice how the
/a/ directory prefix triggers mandatory
authentication. You can convert an existing client to use mandatory
authentication with the following command:
repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/a/platform/manifest
Troubleshooting network issues
When downloading from behind a proxy (which is common in some corporate environments), it might be necessary to explicitly specify the proxy that is then used by Repo:
More rarely, Linux clients experience connectivity issues, getting stuck in the middle of downloads (typically during "Receiving objects"). It has been reported that tweaking the settings of the TCP/IP stack and using non-parallel commands can improve the situation. You need root access to modify the TCP setting:
sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling=0
repo sync -j1
Using a local mirror
When using several clients, especially in situations where bandwidth is scarce, it is better to create a local mirror of the entire server content, and to sync clients from that mirror (which requires no network access). The download for a full mirror is smaller than the download of two clients, while containing more information.
These instructions assume that the mirror is created in
/usr/local/aosp/mirror. The first step is to create and sync the
mirror itself. Notice the
--mirror flag, which can be specified
only when creating a new client:
mkdir -p /usr/local/aosp/mirror
repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/mirror/manifest --mirror
Once the mirror is synced, new clients can be created from it. Note that it's important to specify an absolute path:
mkdir -p /usr/local/aosp/master
repo init -u /usr/local/aosp/mirror/platform/manifest.git
Finally, to sync a client against the server, the mirror needs to be synced against the server, then the client against the mirror:
It's possible to store the mirror on a LAN server and to access it over NFS, SSH or Git. It's also possible to store it on a removable drive and to pass that drive around between users or between machines.
Verifying Git tags
Load the following public key into your GnuPG key database. The key is used to sign annotated tags that represent releases.
Copy and paste the key below, then enter EOF (Ctrl-D) to end the input and process the keys.
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After importing the keys, you can verify any tag with
git tag -v TAG_NAME