AndroidUSBCamera | by jiangdongguo


by jiangdongguo


 Flexible and useful UVC camera engine on Android platform, you can use it to simply open your uvc camera without any system permissions . The only thing you should do is that confirming your Android device must support OTG function. So, welcom to use AUSBC3.0 and welcom to star & fork & issues!

@ Example showing


  • Support opening camera1、camera2 and uvc camera on Android 4.4 ~ 11;

  • Support previewing 480p、720p、1080p,etc;

  • Support adding effects with OpenGL ES 2.0;

  • Support capture photo(.jpg)、viedo(.mp4/.h264/yuv) and audio(pcm/mp3/aac)

  • Support rotating camera view;

  • Support showing camera offscreen;

  • Support recording media along with acquring h264/aac stream, you can push it to your media server;

  • Support acquring all resolutions and usb devices, etc


AUSBC 3.0 was refactored by kotlin and It is simpler to use and more feature-rich. So, I highly recommend you to use the current version and let's build it together.

  • Get AUSBC

 First, add it in your root build.gradle or settings.gradle at the end of repositories:

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url "" }

 Second, add the dependency in your app.gradle , latest tag is :

dependencies {
    implementation 'com.github.jiangdongguo.AndroidUSBCamera:libausbc:latest_tag'
  • Simply usage

  As for how to use this module correctly, just making your Fragment or Activity implement CameraFragment or CameraActivity.

class DemoFragment : CameraFragment() {
    private lateinit var mViewBinding: FragmentDemoBinding
    override fun initView() {
    override fun getCameraView(): IAspectRatio {
        return AspectRatioTextureView(requireContext())
    override fun initData() {

    override fun getCameraViewContainer(): ViewGroup {
        return mViewBinding.cameraViewContainer

    override fun getRootView(inflater: LayoutInflater, container: ViewGroup?): View {
        mViewBinding = FragmentDemoBinding.inflate(inflater, container, false)
        return mViewBinding.root

    override fun getGravity(): Int = Gravity.TOP

 The most important is that you should override getRootView()/getCameraViewContainer()/ getCameraView() at least which means fragment's root view 、texture or surface view and it's container。Of course, the same as CameraActivity and now you can see the uvc camera preview。

  • Advanced usage

 If you want some custom configurations, you can do like this:

class DemoFragment : CameraFragment() {
    override fun getCameraClient(): CameraClient? {
        return CameraClient.newBuilder(requireContext())
            .setEnableGLES(true)   // use opengl render 
            .setRawImage(true)     // capture raw or filter image
            .setDefaultEffect(EffectBlackWhite(requireContext())) // default effect
            .setCameraStrategy(CameraUvcStrategy(requireContext())) // camera type
            .setCameraRequest(getCameraRequest()) // camera configurations
            .setDefaultRotateType(RotateType.ANGLE_0) // default camera rotate angle
            .openDebug(true) // is debug mode
    private fun getCameraRequest(): CameraRequest {
        return CameraRequest.CameraRequestBuilder()
            .setFrontCamera(false) // only for camera1/camera2
            .setPreviewWidth(640)  // initial camera preview width
            .setPreviewHeight(480) // initial camera preview height

 There is no doubt that CameraClient is the core class in this library, you can use the default CameraClient object to preview your camera or custom it. By using CameraClient, you can capture a jpg image or a mp4 video or a mp3 audio file and update resolution or different uvc camera. You can even acquring the stream of H264/AAC/YUV. For example:

// capture jpg image
mCameraClient?.captureImage(callBack, savePath)

// capture mp4 video
mCameraClient?.captureVideoStart(callBack, path, durationInSec)

// capture mp3 audio
mCameraClient?.captureAudioStart(callBack, path)

// play mic in real time

// rotate camera
// base on opening opengl es

// switch different camera

// update resolution
mCameraClient?.updateResolution(width, height)

// get all preview sizes

// acquire encode data(h264 or aac)

// acquire raw data(yuv)

 For more advanced features, you can even add some filters to your camera.This library providers some default filters, sush as EffectBlackWhiteEffectSoul and EffectZoom, and more filters will be added in the future.Of coure, you can also relize your own filters by extending AbstractEffect. For example:

// First, extending AbstractEffect
class EffectBlackWhite(ctx: Context) : AbstractEffect(ctx) {

    override fun getId(): Int = ID

    override fun getClassifyId(): Int = CameraEffect.CLASSIFY_ID_FILTER

    override fun getVertexSourceId(): Int = R.raw.base_vertex

    override fun getFragmentSourceId(): Int = R.raw.effect_blackw_fragment

    companion object {
        const val ID = 100

// Second, adding or updating or removing filter
mCameraClient?.updateRenderEffect(classifyId, effect)
  • Debug online

 If you want to debug the project online or modify something, those steps you should do:

First, modifying the Settings.gradle file and making those to module.

include ':app'

// For debug online
include ':libausbc'
include ':libuvc'
include ':libpush'
include ':libnative'
include ':libuvccommon'

Second, let app.gradle dependenced on ':libausbc' .

dependencies {

    // For debug online
    implementation project(':libausbc')

    // demo
    //implementation 'com.github.jiangdongguo.AndroidUSBCamera:libausbc:3.1.7'

@ 中文文档


  • download by Scanning code


  • download by opening url



2020.01.15 version 2.3.2

  1. Support adding time overlay(attention: overlay only support armeabi-v7a & arm64-v8a);
  2. Support recording device mic;
  3. Update to androidx and update commonLibVersion from 2.14.2 to 4.1.1;
  4. Fix saving files failed.

2020.04.14 version 2.3.4

  1. Fix pull version 2.3.2 failed.
  2. Fix android 9.0 sometimes can not preview.
  3. Fix pull out crash 1.
  4. Update to all so files to new.

2021.03.16 version 2.3.5

  1. Fix stop preview crash.
  2. Open UVCCamera NDK Library project UVCCameraLib

2021.04.08 version 2.3.6

  1. Fix pull out crash 2.

2021.11.17 version 2.3.7

  1. Fix download common library failed, and use aar instead.

2022.01.28 version 2.3.8

  1. Detect multiple cameras.

2022.07.01 version 3.0

  1. Refactor the project with kotlin;
  2. Support effects with OpenGL ES 2.0;
  3. Support capture photo、viedo and audio;
  4. Support rotate camera view;
  5. Support show camera offscreen;
  6. Support versionTarget>=29;
  7. Fix call StopPreview() crash (may have others, please tell me);
  8. Fix open some device failed, resolution or not uvc device as usual;
  9. Fix acquire common library failed, see libuvc/libusbcommon_v4.1.1.aar;
  10. Merge NDK project into main project, see libuvc module.

2022.07.12 version 3.1.2

  1. Import usb common library instead of aar;
  2. Fix “pthread_mutex_lock called on a destroyed mutex” when call stop preview
  3. Fix build error.

2022.07.13 version 3.1.7

  1. Cancel supporting x86 & x86_64, If you need it, please downloading the project and build it;
  2. Release version 3.1.7 and support depend on it directly.

2022.07.15 version 3.1.8

  1. fix a native memory leak when repeat open close camera

Homepage & Help


2. CSDN(Update stopped)

 If you have any question or fun ideas, please issues to me.
 Of course, you can also send me a email[ [email protected] ].

 So, do not forget to send logs from location Android/data/com.jiangdg.ausbc/filestogether!




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July 18, 2022
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