The Best Native Application Development Tools for Android

Setting up an Android development environment can be a complex and frustrating experience. NVIDIA CodeWorks for Android simplifies this for all Android developers with a single installer that manages this complexity for you.

NVIDIA CodeWorks for Android 1R5 is a professional grade solution providing a comprehensive set of GPU and CPU tools with debugging, profiling and system trace capabilities and accompanying SDKs and libraries for Android development - not only on Tegra powered devices. Release 1R5 adds full tools, libraries, samples support for the latest Android M (Marshmallow) release.

CodeWorks for Android is offered free of charge, but requires NVIDIA GameWorks™ Registered Developer Program membership.

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NVIDIA CodeWorks for Android installs all software tools required to develop for Android and reduces the complex process of configuring an Android development system down to a single click.

Available for All Android Platforms!

This suite of developer tools will configure a development environment that will work with most Android devices (Compatible devices). CodeWorks for Android is available for Windows, OSX, Ubuntu Linux 32-bit and Ubuntu Linux 64-bit platforms.

"With functionality that extends beyond Tegra, NVIDIA CodeWorks for Android is a valuable part of EA’s mobile game development tools. CodeWorks for Android helps us bring players incredible mobile experiences on a variety of Android devices and chipsets,"

Lewis Strudwick, Studio Technology Director at EA Melbourne

"Epic’s use of Nsight Tegra has been crucial for the efficient development of Unreal Engine 4’s Android features. We’re delighted to see CodeWorks for Android extend support beyond Tegra so Unreal Engine developers can remain in their favorite authoring tools during all development scenarios. NVIDIA’s tool advancements are refining Android to a level matching game console development."

Niklas Smedberg, Senior Graphics Programmer at Epic Games

Release (1R5)

This release includes the latest versions of Developer Tools (Tegra Graphics Debugger 2.3, Tegra System Profiler 3.1, Nsight Tegra 3.4, Visual Studio Edition, PerfKit 4.5), IncrediBuild 7.1 for Visual Studio, the latest Android NDK (r12b), SDK (24.4.1), Platform Tools (24.0.1), and Build Tools (24.0.1) and PhysX support, NVIDIA GameWorks OpenGL sample source code and device drivers. The included tools, APIs and SDKs provide developers support to build, debug, analyze and profile for Java, native C/C++, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenGL ES 3.1 Android Extension Pack, and OpenGL 4.x on ARM based SOCs.


  • Updated suite of Android NDK, SDK, Build/Platform Tools to latest available version.
  • Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition 3.4
    • Support for Android NDK64 12b.
    • Support for API 24.
    • Various performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Tegra Graphics Debugger 2.3
    • The Range Profiler view can help you determine how sections of your frame utilize the GPU, and give you direction to optimize the rendering of your application.
    • Added the Disable Depth Test and Disable Cull Face experiments.
    • Better support for multi-draw.
    • Added support for launching an APK from a non-rooted device.
  • Tegra System Profiler 3.1
    • OpenGL API and GPU workload batch trace.
    • Improved support for attach by PID (cleaner workflow).
    • Bottom-up view not dynamically builds the tree as it is opened, reducing memory usage for situations where large amounts of call-stack entries are unresolved symbols.
    • Vertical zoom slider.
    • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements.
  • PerfKit 4.5 support for Android-M.
  • IncrediBuild 7.1 for Visual Studio with full Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 integration.
  • NVIDIA GameWorks OpenGL Samples with Android-M support.


To provide feedback, request additional features or report support issues, please use the NVIDIA Developer Forums.


Android Development:

  • Android SDK r24.4.1
  • Android APIs
  • Android NDK r12b
  • Android Build Tools r24.0.1
  • Android Platform Tools r24.0.1
  • Android Support Library r23.2.1
  • Android Support Repository Lbrary r35
  • Google USB Driver r11
  • JDK 1.8.0_77
  • Eclipse 4.4, CDT 8.2.0, ADT 24.0.2
  • Apache Ant 1.8.2
  • Gradle 2.9

GameWorks Libraries and Tools:

GameWorks Samples and Documentation

Third Party Middleware and Tools

Compatible Devices

Android ABI (ARM v7, ARM v8, x86, x64) support, including but not limited to:

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Ubuntu Linux x64 (v14.04)

Developer Webinars

Instructional Videos and Webinars can be found here.

To access older versions of CodeWorks for Android (formerly AndroidWorks/Tegra Android Development Pack), please visit CodeWorks for Android Archive.