Building ANGLE for Android is heavily dependent on the Chromium toolchain. It is not currently possible to build ANGLE for Android without a Chromium checkout. See http://anglebug.com/2344 for more details on why.
From a Linux platform (the only platform that Chromium for Android supports), follow the steps in Checking out and building Chromium for Android.
Name your output directories
out/Release, because Chromium GPU tests look for browser binaries in these folders. Replacing ‘[Debug|Release]’ with other names seems to be OK when working with multiple build configurations.
The following command will open a text editor to populate GN args for a Debug build:
gn args out/Debug
Once the editor is up, paste the following GN args to generate an Android build, and save the file.
target_os = "android" target_cpu = "arm64" android32_ndk_api_level = 26 android64_ndk_api_level = 26 angle_libs_suffix = "_angle" is_component_build = false
More targeted GN arg combinations can be found below.
If you run into any problems with the above, you may be able to pull newer GN args from an official Android bot on GPU.FYI waterfall.
generate_build_filesstep output of that bot.
Build an ANGLE target using the following command:
autoninja -C out/Debug <target>
The following ANGLE build targets are supported:
angle angle_apks angle_deqp_gles2_tests angle_deqp_khr_gles2_tests angle_deqp_gles3_tests angle_deqp_khr_gles3_tests angle_deqp_gles31_tests angle_deqp_khr_gles31_tests angle_deqp_egl_tests angle_end2end_tests angle_perftests angle_unittests angle_white_box_perftests angle_white_box_tests
ANGLE tests will be in your out/ directory, and can be run with various options. For instance, angle perftests can be run with:
./out/Debug/angle_perftests --use-angle=vulkan --verbose --local-output --gtest_filter="*foo*"
Additional details are in Android Test Instructions.
Additional Android dEQP notes can be found in Running dEQP on Android.
If you are targeting WebGL and want to run GPU telemetry tests, build
chrome_public_apk target. Then follow GPU Testing doc, using
--browser=android-chromium argument. Make sure to set your
CHROMIUM_OUT_DIR environment variable, so that your browser is found, otherwise the stock one will run. Also, follow How to build ANGLE in Chromium for dev to work with Top of Tree ANGLE in Chromium.
Starting with Android 10 (Q), ANGLE can be loaded as the OpenGL ES driver.
To build the ANGLE APK, you must first bootstrap your build by following the steps above. The steps below will result in an APK that contains the ANGLE libraries and can be installed on any Android 10+ build.
Apps can be opted in to ANGLE one at a time, in groups, or globally, but they must be launched by the Java runtime since the libraries are discovered within an installed package. This means ANGLE cannot be used by native executables or SurfaceFlinger at this time.
Using 'gn args` from above, you can build the ANGLE apk using:
autoninja -C out/Debug angle_apks
adb install out/Debug/apks/AngleLibraries.apk
You can verify installation by looking for the package name:
$ adb shell pm path org.chromium.angle package:/data/app/org.chromium.angle-HpkUceNFjoLYKPbIVxFWLQ==/base.apk
For debuggable applications or root users, you can tell the platform to load ANGLE libraries from the installed package.
adb shell settings put global angle_debug_package org.chromium.angle
Remember that ANGLE can only be used by applications launched by the Java runtime.
There are multiple values you can use for selecting which OpenGL ES driver is loaded by the platform.
The following values are supported for
angle: Use ANGLE.
native: Use the native OpenGL ES driver.
default: Use the default driver. This allows the platform to decide which driver to use.
In each section below, replace
<driver> with one of the values above.
adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_selection_pkgs <package name> adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_selection_values <driver>
Similar to selecting a single app, you can select multiple applications by listing their package names and driver choice in comma separated lists. Note the lists must be the same length, one driver choice per package name.
adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_selection_pkgs <package name 1>,<package name 2>,<package name 3>,... adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_selection_values <driver 1>,<driver 2>,<driver 3>,...
adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_all_angle 1
adb shell settings put global angle_gl_driver_all_angle 0
Check to see that ANGLE was loaded by your application:
$ adb logcat -d | grep ANGLE V GraphicsEnvironment: ANGLE developer option for <package name>: angle I GraphicsEnvironment: ANGLE package enabled: org.chromium.angle I ANGLE : Version (2.1.0.f87fac56d22f), Renderer (Vulkan 1.1.87(Adreno (TM) 615 (0x06010501)))
Settings persist across reboots, so it is a good idea to delete them when finished.
adb shell settings delete global angle_debug_package adb shell settings delete global angle_gl_driver_all_angle adb shell settings delete global angle_gl_driver_selection_pkgs adb shell settings delete global angle_gl_driver_selection_values
If your application is not debuggable or you are not root, you may see an error like this in the log:
$ adb logcat -d | grep ANGLE V GraphicsEnvironment: ANGLE developer option for <package name>: angle E GraphicsEnvironment: Invalid number of ANGLE packages. Required: 1, Found: 0 E GraphicsEnvironment: Failed to find ANGLE package.
Double check that you are root, or that your application is marked debuggable.
The above GN args only modify default values to generate a Debug build for Android. Below are some common configurations used for different scenarios.
To determine what is different from default, you can point the following command at your target directory. It will show the list of gn args in use, where they came from, their current value, and their default values.
gn args --list <dir>
This config is designed to get maximum performance by disabling debug configs and validation layers. Note: The oddly named
is_official_build is a more aggressive optimization level than
Release. Its names is historical.
target_os = "android" target_cpu = "arm64" android32_ndk_api_level = 26 android64_ndk_api_level = 26 angle_libs_suffix = "_angle" is_component_build = false is_official_build = true is_debug = false
This config is useful for quickly ensuring Vulkan is running cleanly. It disables debug, but enables asserts and allows validation errors.
target_os = "android" target_cpu = "arm64" android32_ndk_api_level = 26 android64_ndk_api_level = 26 angle_libs_suffix = "_angle" is_component_build = false is_official_build = true is_debug = false dcheck_always_on = true