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Tadej Vengust Tadej Vengust - 6 months ago 46
Android Question

Android support multidex library implementation

I have hit the magic dex limit because my application uses a lot of jars (drive api, greendao, text to pdf, support.. ).

My current solution was that I literally created a second apk just for google drive wich I called from the main apk. But now I found out that android finally supports this with this library. My problem is just that I don't know how to implement it(preferably without gradle). I can't find any good tutorials for it.

Okey I am losing my mind trying to implement this.. I have found this:

And I added:


To my manifest file and

protected void attachBaseContext(Context base) {

To my

Also installed gradle plugin for eclipse, exported gradle to get build.gradle file wich I changed to:

apply plugin: 'android'

dependencies {
compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: '*.jar')
compile project(':android-support-v7-appcompat')
compile project(':Sync')
compile project(':gdrive:google-play-services_lib')

android {
compileSdkVersion 14
buildToolsVersion "21.1.1"

sourceSets {
main {
manifest.srcFile 'AndroidManifest.xml'
java.srcDirs = ['src-gen','src']
resources.srcDirs = ['src-gen','src']
aidl.srcDirs = ['src-gen','src']
renderscript.srcDirs = ['src-gen','src']
res.srcDirs = ['res']
assets.srcDirs = ['assets']

// Move the tests to tests/java, tests/res, etc...

// Move the build types to build-types/<type>
// For instance, build-types/debug/java, build-types/debug/AndroidManifest.xml, ...
// This moves them out of them default location under src/<type>/... which would
// conflict with src/ being used by the main source set.
// Adding new build types or product flavors should be accompanied
// by a similar customization.

dexOptions {
preDexLibraries = false

afterEvaluate {
tasks.matching {'dex')
}.each { dx ->
if (dx.additionalParameters == null) {
dx.additionalParameters = ['--multi-dex']
} else {
dx.additionalParameters += '--multi-dex'

But The error is still the same :(


The Blog was the old solution.

With Android Studio 0.9.2 & Gradle Plugin 0.14.1, you only need to:

  1. android:name="" or add MultiDex.install(this) in your custom Application's attachBaseContext method or your custom Application extend MultiDexApplication

  2. add multiDexEnabled = true in your build.gradle android { defaultConfig { ... multiDexEnabled = true } }


Sorry for my poor English

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