ExoPlayer is an application level media player for Android. It provides an alternative to Android’s MediaPlayer API for playing audio and video both locally and over the Internet. ExoPlayer supports features not currently supported by Android’s MediaPlayer API, including DASH and SmoothStreaming adaptive playbacks. Unlike the MediaPlayer API, ExoPlayer is easy to customize and extend, and can be updated through Play Store application updates.


Using ExoPlayer

ExoPlayer modules can be obtained from JCenter. It’s also possible to clone the repository and depend on the modules locally.

From JCenter

The easiest way to get started using ExoPlayer is to add it as a gradle dependency. You need to make sure you have the JCenter and Google repositories included in the build.gradle file in the root of your project:

gradle repositories { jcenter() google() }

Next add a gradle compile dependency to the build.gradle file of your app module. The following will add a dependency to the full library:

gradle compile 'com.google.android.exoplayer:exoplayer:2.X.X'

where 2.X.X is your preferred version. Alternatively, you can depend on only the library modules that you actually need. For example the following will add dependencies on the Core, DASH and UI library modules, as might be required for an app that plays DASH content:

gradle compile 'com.google.android.exoplayer:exoplayer-core:2.X.X' compile 'com.google.android.exoplayer:exoplayer-dash:2.X.X' compile 'com.google.android.exoplayer:exoplayer-ui:2.X.X'

The available library modules are listed below. Adding a dependency to the full library is equivalent to adding dependencies on all of the library modules individually.

In addition to library modules, ExoPlayer has multiple extension modules that depend on external libraries to provide additional functionality. Some extensions are available from JCenter, whereas others must be built manually. Browse the extensions directory and their individual READMEs for details.

More information on the library and extension modules that are available from JCenter can be found on Bintray.


Cloning the repository and depending on the modules locally is required when using some ExoPlayer extension modules. It’s also a suitable approach if you want to make local changes to ExoPlayer, or if you want to use a development branch.

First, clone the repository into a local directory and checkout the desired branch:

sh git clone https://github.com/google/ExoPlayer.git git checkout release-v2

Next, add the following to your project’s settings.gradle file, replacing path/to/exoplayer with the path to your local copy:

gradle gradle.ext.exoplayerRoot = 'path/to/exoplayer' gradle.ext.exoplayerModulePrefix = 'exoplayer-' apply from: new File(gradle.ext.exoplayerRoot, 'core_settings.gradle')

You should now see the ExoPlayer modules appear as part of your project. You can depend on them as you would on any other local module, for example:

gradle compile project(':exoplayer-library-core') compile project(':exoplayer-library-dash') compile project(':exoplayer-library-ui')

Developing ExoPlayer

Project branches

Using Android Studio

To develop ExoPlayer using Android Studio, simply open the ExoPlayer project in the root directory of the repository.