j2emanue j2emanue - 23 days ago 5x
Android Question

Android Studio build flavors - How to have same source files in diverse flavors

I need to create a demo flavor in android studio for an app. In my app level gradle file i have created another flavor called demo and the default flavor of full of course. It looks like this:

apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

android {
compileSdkVersion 22
buildToolsVersion "21.1.2"

defaultConfig {
applicationId "com.example.uen229.myapplication"
minSdkVersion 17
targetSdkVersion 22
versionCode 1
versionName "1.0"
buildTypes {
release {
minifyEnabled false
proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'

productFlavors {
demo {
applicationId "com.buildsystemexample.app.demo"
versionName "1.0-demo"
full {
applicationId "com.buildsystemexample.app.full"
versionName "1.0-full"


dependencies {
compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:22.2.0'

and here is a image of my project structure in which I have created a demo flavor directory:

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Now onto the issue. I have two classes called Hello.java. Both are in there respective flavors and print different things. I'll show you both files now:

import android.util.Log;

/** this is from demo flavor directory**/

public class Hello {


Log.v("","hello from demo");

public String getName();
return "im from demo";



And here is the other Hello:

package com.example.uen229.myapplication;

import android.util.Log;

/** this is from full or main flavor directory**/
public class Hello {


Log.v("", "hello from main");

public String getName(){

return "im from main";


notice how the first hello.java does not have package, even if i had a package the IDE wont compile. look at this photo:

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Now finally lets look at mainActivity.java to see that when i switch build variants it only does a toast for "im from main" but i need it to print 'im from demo" if i use the demoDebug build variant. If i switch the build variant to demoDebug it still prints "im from main". can anyone help :

public class MainActivity extends ActionBarActivity {

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

Hello h = new Hello();
Toast.makeText(this, h.getName(), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();



From stackoverflow it says:

If you want to have a different version of the same class in the two
flavor you'll need to create it in both flavors.



And then your code in
can do:

import com.foo.A

depending on the flavor selected, the right version of

This is what I want to accomplish with the Hello class


I think you can't have same class in main flavor and your other flavor. you should just create another flavor, then move your Hello class from main flavor to that new flavor. this rule is just for .java files. I mean you can have an xml file in main flavor and another version in your custom flavor but you can't do this with java files.

here is a useful link with further explanation.