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How to call embedded Xamarin from NDK and C++

mbelewmbelew Member ✭✭

Hi, I was wondering if there is a sample showing how to embed Xamarin in an Android C++ project? I'm using Android Studio with a CMake project. I've patterned my project similar to the code found here:

It looks like I'm linking correctly, but I'm not sure what assemblies need to be included, or where they are expected. My sample app just dies in the emulator a the mono_init() step. The mono_get_runtime_build_info() returns "5.10.1 (tarball)".

I've pulled the Xamarin source, and I'm using the .so files found after bulding. My java static initializer looks like this:

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    // Used to load the 'native-lib' library on application startup.
    static {
    System.loadLibrary("native-lib"); // the hello world app

    // Xamarin libraries

My C++ call looks like this:

extern "C" JNIEXPORT void
Java_com_hellondk_MainActivity_startMono(JNIEnv *env, jobject /* this */)
    char *pStr = mono_get_runtime_build_info(); // this works

    MonoDomain *domain = mono_jit_init_version("RootDomain", "v4.0.30319");  // we die here


  • mbelewmbelew Member ✭✭

    I've gotten a little farther with my project, but I'm still stuck. It appears when you build a C# app using Xamarin in Visual Studio, the .apk file contains 'classes.dex' with the required mono runtime. However, my app is C++, and I would like to host the mono runtime. Perhaps someone here knows the steps to building a mono/Xamarin filled classes.dex the same way visual studio is doing it?

    The next step is how does mono_init know to find it there?

  • vanprovanpro Member ✭✭

    Did you eventually find the solution? I'm trying to do the same thing now.

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