To help with starting work on including a new application, use
fdroid import to set up a new template project. It has two modes of
operation, starting with a cloned git repo:
git clone https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient cd fdroidclient fdroid import
Or starting with a URL to a project page:
fdroid import --url=http://address.of.project
When a URL is specified using the
fdroid import will
use that URL to find out information about the project, and if it finds
a git repo, it will also clone that. For this to work, the URL must
point to a project format that the script understands. Currently this is
limited to one of the following:
- GitLab -
- GitHub -
- Bitbucket -
- NotABug -
- Git -
Depending on the project type, more or less information may be gathered. A bare repo url, such as the git:// one, is the least preferable option of all, since you will have to enter much more information manually. While gradle based builds should be auto-detected for all types, links to issue trackers can not be set for plain git projects. You can also use one of the following arguments to pre-fill your metadata:
--url=<URL>: Project URL to import from.
--subdir=<DIR>: Path to main android project subdirectory, if not in root.
--categories=<CATEGORIES>: Comma separated list of categories.
--license=<LICENSE>: Overall license of the project.
--revision <REV>: Allows a different revision (or git branch) to be specified for the initial import
If the import is successful, a metadata file will be created. You will need to edit this further to check the information, and fill in the blanks.
If it fails, you’ll be told why. If it got as far as retrieving the
source code, you can inspect it further by looking in
where a full checkout will exist.
A frequent cause of initial failure is that the project directory is
actually a subdirectory in the repository. In this case, run the
importer again using the
--subdir option to tell it where. It will not
attempt to determine this automatically, since there may be several