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Get an overview of the key features and requirements for the Android SDK.

The JW Player SDK for Android is a media player for the Android operating system. Apps built with this SDK integrate with video hosting, streaming, and analytics services. These services allow you to incorporate media playback experiences, monetize your app, and discover ways to increase viewer engagement. You can also use this SDK with video content that is hosted with non-JW Player services.

Key Features


  • Google IMA
  • VAST
  • VMAP

Events Monitoring

  • Player, playlist, playback, and content state monitoring
  • Ability to monitor and set video and audio qualities
  • Analytics



  • Rich configuration options including playlists, content title and poster image
  • Recommendations to autogenerate playlists
  • Picture in Picture
  • Thumbnail previews
  • Caption support (.vtt, .srt, .ttml)
  • Modern, cross-platform API design
  • Out-of-the-box player controls implementation
  • Support for native custom player controls



Android Studio1. Download Android Studio.
2. Install Android Studio.

You can use other development tools to build your Android app. Our documentation demonstrates how to implement this SDK via Android Studio.
Android 5 (API level 21)Your app must be running at least this OS version.
JW Player Android SDKFollow these instructions to download the SDK.
JW Player license key1. From your Player Downloads & Keys page, scroll down to the Downloads section.

2. In the Downloads section, copy the LICENSE KEY for the Android SDK 4.

IMPORTANT: If you have more than one property in your account, select the property from the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Each property has a unique set of license keys.


Each version of this SDK has been built to work with a specific dependency version. Use the following table to ensure that you are referencing the correct dependency version in your app. The JW Player SDK for Android version listed shows when the minimum dependency support version was first updated.

JW Player SDK for AndroidGoogle IMAGoogle Cast SDKExoPlayerOMID SDK


This developer guide provides best practice approaches for implementing this SDK. We also provide comprehensive documentation for each class in our SDK reference.

Third-Party Libraries and Frameworks

The JW Player Android SDK supports Google IMA, Google DAI, Google Cast, and Open Measurement. At this time, the Android SDK neither supports nor maintains components for any frameworks, such as React Native, Cordova, Ionic, and Flutter.

Intended audience

This guide assumes that you have the necessary Android and Java development skills to work successfully with this SDK. You should know how to build and compile Android applications using Android Studio and the latest tools from the Android Developers Kit.

Terms of service

By adding the JW Player SDK for Android to your app, you agree to the JW Player Terms of Service.

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