kivy-ios VS python-for-android

Compare kivy-ios vs python-for-android and see what are their differences.


Toolchain for compiling Python / Kivy / other libraries for iOS (by kivy)


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kivy-ios python-for-android
15 30
599 6,980
0.5% 1.0%
5.9 7.5
23 days ago 4 days ago
Python Python
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of kivy-ios. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-13.
  • App compiles successfully but crashes on Launch. Any clue?
    2 projects | | 13 Mar 2022
    ios.kivy_ios_url =
  • kivy-ios error compiling/creating w toolchain- following instructions from github page
    1 project | | 9 Feb 2022
    Hi - very sorry for any bother but I am totally stuck here, scouring online I see others have had this issue, but no luck with response. I'm following instructions from kivy documentation and more specifically
  • Using kivy, I created an app. I then packaged that into an Xcode app, purchased an apple developer ID, and have thus far been able to successfully run the app on my phone. When I try to validate my app (to be able to distribute it) I get the below errors. Can I have some help, please?
    1 project | | 4 Feb 2022
    Try excluding numpy from archiving in the build settings.
  • (buildozer) AttributeError: 'pyrx' object has no attribute 'rx_slow_hash'
    1 project | | 22 Jan 2022
    [app] # (str) Title of your application title = Ugly Miner # (str) Package name = uglyminer # (str) Package domain (needed for android/ios packaging) package.domain = org.uglyminer # (str) Source code where the live source.dir = . # (list) Source files to include (let empty to include all the files) source.include_exts = py,png,jpg,kv,atlas # (list) List of inclusions using pattern matching #source.include_patterns = assets/*,images/*.png # (list) Source files to exclude (let empty to not exclude anything) #source.exclude_exts = spec # (list) List of directory to exclude (let empty to not exclude anything) #source.exclude_dirs = tests, bin, venv # (list) List of exclusions using pattern matching # Do not prefix with './' #source.exclude_patterns = license,images/*/*.jpg # (str) Application versioning (method 1) version = 0.1 # (str) Application versioning (method 2) # version.regex = __version__ = ['"](.*)['"] # version.filename = %(source.dir)s/ # (list) Application requirements # comma separated e.g. requirements = sqlite3,kivy requirements = python3,kivy,pyrx # (str) Custom source folders for requirements # Sets custom source for any requirements with recipes # requirements.source.kivy = ../../kivy # (str) Presplash of the application #presplash.filename = %(source.dir)s/data/presplash.png # (str) Icon of the application #icon.filename = %(source.dir)s/data/icon.png # (str) Supported orientation (one of landscape, sensorLandscape, portrait or all) orientation = portrait # (list) List of service to declare #services = NAME:ENTRYPOINT_TO_PY,NAME2:ENTRYPOINT2_TO_PY # # OSX Specific # # # author = © Copyright Info # change the major version of python used by the app osx.python_version = 3 # Kivy version to use osx.kivy_version = 1.9.1 # # Android specific # # (bool) Indicate if the application should be fullscreen or not fullscreen = 0 # (string) Presplash background color (for android toolchain) # Supported formats are: #RRGGBB #AARRGGBB or one of the following names: # red, blue, green, black, white, gray, cyan, magenta, yellow, lightgray, # darkgray, grey, lightgrey, darkgrey, aqua, fuchsia, lime, maroon, navy, # olive, purple, silver, teal. #android.presplash_color = #FFFFFF # (string) Presplash animation using Lottie format. # see for examples and # for general documentation. # Lottie files can be created using various tools, like Adobe After Effect or Synfig. #android.presplash_lottie = "path/to/lottie/file.json" # (str) Adaptive icon of the application (used if Android API level is 26+ at runtime) #icon.adaptive_foreground.filename = %(source.dir)s/data/icon_fg.png #icon.adaptive_background.filename = %(source.dir)s/data/icon_bg.png # (list) Permissions android.permissions = INTERNET # (list) features (adds uses-feature -tags to manifest) #android.features = # (int) Target Android API, should be as high as possible. #android.api = 27 # (int) Minimum API your APK will support. #android.minapi = 21 # (int) Android SDK version to use #android.sdk = 20 # (str) Android NDK version to use #android.ndk = 19b # (int) Android NDK API to use. This is the minimum API your app will support, it should usually match android.minapi. #android.ndk_api = 21 # (bool) Use --private data storage (True) or --dir public storage (False) #android.private_storage = True # (str) Android NDK directory (if empty, it will be automatically downloaded.) #android.ndk_path = # (str) Android SDK directory (if empty, it will be automatically downloaded.) # android.sdk_path = # (str) ANT directory (if empty, it will be automatically downloaded.) #android.ant_path = # (bool) If True, then skip trying to update the Android sdk # This can be useful to avoid excess Internet downloads or save time # when an update is due and you just want to test/build your package # android.skip_update = False # (bool) If True, then automatically accept SDK license # agreements. This is intended for automation only. If set to False, # the default, you will be shown the license when first running # buildozer. # android.accept_sdk_license = False # (str) Android entry point, default is ok for Kivy-based app #android.entrypoint = # (str) Full name including package path of the Java class that implements Android Activity # use that parameter together with android.entrypoint to set custom Java class instead of PythonActivity #android.activity_class_name = # (str) Extra xml to write directly inside the element of AndroidManifest.xml # use that parameter to provide a filename from where to load your custom XML code #android.extra_manifest_xml = ./src/android/extra_manifest.xml # (str) Extra xml to write directly inside the tag of AndroidManifest.xml # use that parameter to provide a filename from where to load your custom XML arguments: #android.extra_manifest_application_arguments = ./src/android/extra_manifest_application_arguments.xml # (str) Full name including package path of the Java class that implements Python Service # use that parameter to set custom Java class instead of PythonService #android.service_class_name = # (str) Android app theme, default is ok for Kivy-based app # android.apptheme = "@android:style/Theme.NoTitleBar" # (list) Pattern to whitelist for the whole project #android.whitelist = # (str) Path to a custom whitelist file #android.whitelist_src = # (str) Path to a custom blacklist file #android.blacklist_src = # (list) List of Java .jar files to add to the libs so that pyjnius can access # their classes. Don't add jars that you do not need, since extra jars can slow # down the build process. Allows wildcards matching, for example: # OUYA-ODK/libs/*.jar #android.add_jars = foo.jar,bar.jar,path/to/more/*.jar # (list) List of Java files to add to the android project (can be java or a # directory containing the files) #android.add_src = # (list) Android AAR archives to add #android.add_aars = # (list) Put these files or directories in the apk assets directory. # Either form may be used, and assets need not be in 'source.include_exts'. # 1) android.add_assets = source_asset_relative_path # 2) android.add_assets = source_asset_path:destination_asset_relative_path #android.add_assets = # (list) Gradle dependencies to add #android.gradle_dependencies = # (bool) Enable AndroidX support. Enable when 'android.gradle_dependencies' # contains an 'androidx' package, or any package from Kotlin source. # android.enable_androidx requires android.api >= 28 #android.enable_androidx = False # (list) add java compile options # this can for example be necessary when importing certain java libraries using the 'android.gradle_dependencies' option # see for further information # android.add_compile_options = "sourceCompatibility = 1.8", "targetCompatibility = 1.8" # (list) Gradle repositories to add {can be necessary for some android.gradle_dependencies} # please enclose in double quotes # e.g. android.gradle_repositories = "maven { url '' }" #android.add_gradle_repositories = # (list) packaging options to add # see # can be necessary to solve conflicts in gradle_dependencies # please enclose in double quotes # e.g. android.add_packaging_options = "exclude 'META-INF/common.kotlin_module'", "exclude 'META-INF/*.kotlin_module'" #android.add_packaging_options = # (list) Java classes to add as activities to the manifest. #android.add_activities = com.example.ExampleActivity # (str) OUYA Console category. Should be one of GAME or APP # If you leave this blank, OUYA support will not be enabled #android.ouya.category = GAME # (str) Filename of OUYA Console icon. It must be a 732x412 png image. #android.ouya.icon.filename = %(source.dir)s/data/ouya_icon.png # (str) XML file to include as an intent filters in tag #android.manifest.intent_filters = # (str) launchMode to set for the main activity #android.manifest.launch_mode = standard # (list) Android additional libraries to copy into libs/armeabi #android.add_libs_armeabi = libs/android/*.so #android.add_libs_armeabi_v7a = libs/android-v7/*.so #android.add_libs_arm64_v8a = libs/android-v8/*.so #android.add_libs_x86 = libs/android-x86/*.so #android.add_libs_mips = libs/android-mips/*.so # (bool) Indicate whether the screen should stay on # Don't forget to add the WAKE_LOCK permission if you set this to True #android.wakelock = False # (list) Android application meta-data to set (key=value format) #android.meta_data = # (list) Android library project to add (will be added in the # automatically.) #android.library_references = # (list) Android shared libraries which will be added to AndroidManifest.xml using tag #android.uses_library = # (str) Android logcat filters to use android.logcat_filters = *:S python:D # (bool) Android logcat only display log for activity's pid #android.logcat_pid_only = False # (str) Android additional adb arguments #android.adb_args = -H host.docker.internal # (bool) Copy library instead of making a #android.copy_libs = 1 # (str) The Android arch to build for, choices: armeabi-v7a, arm64-v8a, x86, x86_64 android.arch = armeabi-v7a # (int) overrides automatic versionCode computation (used in build.gradle) # this is not the same as app version and should only be edited if you know what you're doing # android.numeric_version = 1 # (bool) enables Android auto backup feature (Android API >=23) android.allow_backup = True # (str) XML file for custom backup rules (see official auto backup documentation) # android.backup_rules = # (str) If you need to insert variables into your AndroidManifest.xml file, # you can do so with the manifestPlaceholders property. # This property takes a map of key-value pairs. (via a string) # Usage example : android.manifest_placeholders = [myCustomUrl:\"org.kivy.customurl\"] # android.manifest_placeholders = [:] # (bool) disables the compilation of py to pyc/pyo files when packaging # = True # # Python for android (p4a) specific # # (str) python-for-android URL to use for checkout #p4a.url = # (str) python-for-android fork to use in case if p4a.url is not specified, defaults to upstream (kivy) #p4a.fork = kivy # (str) python-for-android branch to use, defaults to master #p4a.branch = master # (str) python-for-android specific commit to use, defaults to HEAD, must be within p4a.branch #p4a.commit = HEAD # (str) python-for-android git clone directory (if empty, it will be automatically cloned from github) #p4a.source_dir = # (str) The directory in which python-for-android should look for your own build recipes (if any) #p4a.local_recipes = # (str) Filename to the hook for p4a #p4a.hook = # (str) Bootstrap to use for android builds # p4a.bootstrap = sdl2 # (int) port number to specify an explicit --port= p4a argument (eg for bootstrap flask) #p4a.port = # Control passing the --use-setup-py vs --ignore-setup-py to p4a # "in the future" --use-setup-py is going to be the default behaviour in p4a, right now it is not # Setting this to false will pass --ignore-setup-py, true will pass --use-setup-py # NOTE: this is general setuptools integration, having pyproject.toml is enough, no need to generate # if you're using Poetry, but you need to add "toml" to source.include_exts. #p4a.setup_py = false # (str) extra command line arguments to pass when invoking pythonforandroid.toolchain #p4a.extra_args = # # iOS specific # # (str) Path to a custom kivy-ios folder #ios.kivy_ios_dir = ../kivy-ios # Alternately, specify the URL and branch of a git checkout: ios.kivy_ios_url = ios.kivy_ios_branch = master # Another platform dependency: ios-deploy # Uncomment to use a custom checkout #ios.ios_deploy_dir = ../ios_deploy # Or specify URL and branch ios.ios_deploy_url = ios.ios_deploy_branch = 1.10.0 # (bool) Whether or not to sign the code ios.codesign.allowed = false # (str) Name of the certificate to use for signing the debug version # Get a list of available identities: buildozer ios list_identities #ios.codesign.debug = "iPhone Developer: ()" # (str) The development team to use for signing the debug version #ios.codesign.development_team.debug = # (str) Name of the certificate to use for signing the release version #ios.codesign.release = %(ios.codesign.debug)s # (str) The development team to use for signing the release version #ios.codesign.development_team.release = # (str) URL pointing to .ipa file to be installed # This option should be defined along with `display_image_url` and `full_size_image_url` options. #ios.manifest.app_url = # (str) URL pointing to an icon (57x57px) to be displayed during download # This option should be defined along with `app_url` and `full_size_image_url` options. #ios.manifest.display_image_url = # (str) URL pointing to a large icon (512x512px) to be used by iTunes # This option should be defined along with `app_url` and `display_image_url` options. #ios.manifest.full_size_image_url = [buildozer] # (int) Log level (0 = error only, 1 = info, 2 = debug (with command output)) log_level = 2 # (int) Display warning if buildozer is run as root (0 = False, 1 = True) warn_on_root = 1 # (str) Path to build artifact storage, absolute or relative to spec file # build_dir = ./.buildozer # (str) Path to build output (i.e. .apk, .ipa) storage # bin_dir = ./bin # ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- # List as sections # # You can define all the "list" as [section:key]. # Each line will be considered as a option to the list. # Let's take [app] / source.exclude_patterns. # Instead of doing: # #[app] #source.exclude_patterns = license,data/audio/*.wav,data/images/original/* # # This can be translated into: # #[app:source.exclude_patterns] #license #data/audio/*.wav #data/images/original/* # # ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Profiles # # You can extend section / key with a profile # For example, you want to deploy a demo version of your application without # HD content. You could first change the title to add "(demo)" in the name # and extend the excluded directories to remove the HD content. # #[[email protected]] #title = My Application (demo) # #[app:[email protected]] #images/hd/* # # Then, invoke the command line with the "demo" profile: # #buildozer --profile demo android debug
  • Unable to load music
    3 projects | | 3 Jan 2022
    I'm guessing this options.h and other files are from sdl2_mixer recipe which probably builds libtimidity, which have been extracted into the directory you are talking about. This is likely from the sdl2_mixer recipe or perhaps sdl2 recipe.
  • toolchain build kivy
    1 project | | 29 Dec 2021
  • Xcode Executable not found
    1 project | | 18 Dec 2021
    Post complete build log, there can be good clues that someone familiar will catch. Unfortunately I don't know about iOS, but there is an issue here which seems similar, not really much of a solution provided though.
  • Error Loading Image
    1 project | | 5 Dec 2021
    This is almost certainly the reason - note that it says img_sdl2 was ignored, this is the standard image provider. There is a sdl2_image recipe for kivy-ios but I would be kind of surprised if you're supposed to specify that manually.. ? Maybe it's a sign something else is off, I dunno. Seems like something is preventing this recipe from working as intended - maybe it's a compile issue and there is some info in the build output
  • Can someone help me get past this error so that I can run my app in an Xcode simulator? Thanks in advance
    1 project | | 19 Nov 2021
    The first thing I'd try is to create a new project from scratch following instructions in documentation and see if that changes anything. Use a dummy file to rule out any potential issues with the existing code (although it's most likely unrelated)
  • I programmed an app using only python and python packages and published it to the app store take a look!!!
    1 project | | 29 Oct 2021
    github i mainly used:


Posts with mentions or reviews of python-for-android. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-10.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing kivy-ios and python-for-android you can also consider the following projects:

buildozer - Generic Python packager for Android and iOS

KivyMD - KivyMD is a collection of Material Design compliant widgets for use with Kivy, a framework for cross-platform, touch-enabled graphical applications.

PyJNIus - Access Java classes from Python

kivy - Open source UI framework written in Python, running on Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS

PlaystoreDownloader - A command line tool to download Android applications directly from the Google Play Store by specifying their package name (an initial one-time configuration is required)

tito - A tool for managing rpm based git projects.

gplaydl - Command Line Google Play APK downloader. Download APK files to your PC directly from Google Play Store.

KivMob - AdMob support for Kivy

HappyLighting-py - I was blown away seeing how shoddy and malfunctioning mobile application "HappyLighting" was so i decided to reverse and create my own pc controlled app using BLE

freepats - FreePats General MIDI sound set