Building SnoopSnitch on Ubuntu 16.10 64bit

Step A: Update the system and install all necessary packages

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386;
sudo apt-get update;
sudo apt-get upgrade -y;
sudo apt-get install git openjdk-8-jdk dh-autoreconf ant libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 zlib1g:i386 -y;
cd ~/;
mkdir Android;
cd Android;

Step B: Download the Android SDK and install all required packages

The following download link we got it from this page

tar -xf android-sdk_r24.4.1-linux.tgz;
cd android-sdk-linux/tools;
#To list all available packages, including the obsolete extra-android-support
#./android list sdk --all –extended;
./android update sdk --no-ui --all --filter extra-android-support,tools,platform-tools,build-tools-19.1.0,android-19;

You will get a prompt for a license agreement, you need to type Y to proceed

November 20, 2015
Do you accept the license 'android-sdk-license-c81a61d9' [y/n]: y
cd ../..;
export ANDROID_HOME=`pwd`/android-sdk-linux;

Step C: Once the installation is complete, we need to install the Android NDK.

The following link we got it from

unzip -q;
export NDK_DIR=`pwd`/android-ndk-r13b;
#If we do not update the PATH we will get the following error: ../libtool: line 1719: arm-linux-androideabi-ranlib: command not found
mkdir Projects;
cd Projects;

Step D: Afterwards, we can download SnoopSnitch and all of the git submodules of it using the following command.

git clone --recursive;

Step E: Then we need to compile two separate parts of the project.

We will start by compiling contrib/ projects, that are the supplementary projects needed for SnoopSnitch to get data.

cd snoopsnitch/contrib/;
./ -t android -u;
cd ..;

Step F: Finally, we can proceed to compile the android project of SnoopSnitch.

cd ./SnoopSnitch;

We need to update and add APP_ABI := armeabi to it.
We do this to make sure that we compile  diag-helper.c only for armeabi as the rest of the packages will be available only on that architecture.
If we do not do this and we have a processor that supports armeabi-v7a (or different), then it will only install and it will ignore the rest. Which will of course cause the application to fail.

echo "APP_ABI := armeabi" >> jni/;
ant debug;
~/Android/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb start-server

Once the compilation is complete, we can upload our apk to a device using the following commands:

#First we make sure that the adb server is running
$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools/adb start-server;
#Then we check that our device is visible to the adb
$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools/adb devices;
#Finally, we install the application to the device.
$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools/adb install bin/SnoopSnitch-debug.apk;

This guide was tested on freshly installed Ubuntu 16.10 64bit.


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