ForgeRock Developer Experience

Step 1. Configure the development environment

In this step, you set up your environment to create Android applications using the freely-available Android Studio IDE.

You then create a new application project and configure it to use the ForgeRock SDK for Android.


Android Studio

Download and install Android Studio, which is available for many popular operating systems.

An Android emulator or physical device

To try the quick start application as you develop it, you need an Android device. To add a virtual, emulated Android device to Android Studio, refer to Create and manage virtual devices, on the Android Developers website.

Create a new project

  1. In Android Studio, select File  New  New Project.

  2. On the New Project screen, select Empty Activity, and then click Next.

  3. On the next screen:

    • In the Name field, enter ForgeRock SDK for Android Quick Start.

    • In the Package name field, enter com.example.quickstart.

    • In the Save location field, enter the location in which to create the project.

    • In the Language drop-down, select Java.

    • In the Minimum SDK drop-down, select API 23: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

    • Click Finish.

      Android Studio creates a simple application that you can now configure to use the ForgeRock SDK for Android.

Configure compile options

The ForgeRock SDK for Android uses Java 8 (v1.8). Configure compile options in your project to use this version of Java:

  1. In the Project tree view of your Android Studio project, open the Gradle Scripts/build.gradle file for the module.

  2. In the android section, make sure the file contains the following:

    compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

Add build dependencies

To use the ForgeRock SDK for Android, add the relevant dependencies to your project:

  1. In the Project tree view of your Android Studio project, open the Gradle Scripts/build.gradle file for the module.

  2. In the dependencies section, add the following:

    implementation 'org.forgerock:forgerock-auth:{latest_android_sdk_vers}'
    Example dependencies section after editing:
    dependencies {
        implementation 'org.forgerock:forgerock-auth:{latest_android_sdk_vers}'
        implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.5.1'
        implementation ''
        implementation 'androidx.constraintlayout:constraintlayout:2.1.4'
        testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.13.2'
        androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.ext:junit:1.1.4'
        androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.espresso:espresso-core:3.5.0'

Enable optional clear traffic and location support

If you are not using the ForgeRock Identity Cloud but rather a local AM server that does not use the HTTPS protocol, you can edit your project manifest file to allow cleartext connections.

You should only configure this property during development against a local AM server.

Do not configure this property in your production applications.

  1. Open the project manifest file.

    For example, app  manifests  AndroidManifest.xml.

  2. Add an android:usesCleartextTraffic="true" attribute to the <application> element.

If you intend for your application to use any of the Android location services; for example, the SDK’s location matching or geofencing features, add one of the relevant properties to the project manifest file

  1. Open the project’s manifest file.

    For example, app  manifests  AndroidManifest.xml.

  2. Add the relevant properties as a child of the <manifest> element:

    1. Coarse location access

        <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
    2. Fine location access (requires both permissions)

        <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
        <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>

      For information about which permission to use, see Location permissions in the Google Developer Documentation.

Example AndroidManifest.xml file after editing:

An example AndroidManifest.xml file with support for cleartext traffic and fine location access enabled:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="\"

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

                android:value="" />

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>


Check point

In Android Studio, select Run  Run 'app'.

Android Studio builds the application and runs it in the default emulator.

As you have not yet added any UI, the app displays only "Hello World!".

Hello World!

You have now configured your Android app development environment, created a new project, and configured it with the required dependencies and build options.

In the next step, you configure your application with the settings it needs to connect to your ForgeRock Identity Cloud or AM instance.

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