Open URL from Android NDK application


There are two solutions for opening URL from Android NDK application: doing it from Java and doing it from the native code.

Open URL from Java

Opening URL from Java is a piece of cake:

Intent view = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse(""));

Open URL from C++ with JNI

JNI offers the same way but in a bit tricky manner:

android_app* android;
// ...
JNIEnv* env;
android->activity->vm->AttachCurrentThread(&env, nullptr);
jstring url_string = env->NewStringUTF("");
jclass uri_class = env->FindClass("android/net/Uri");
jmethodID uri_parse = env->GetStaticMethodID(uri_class, "parse", "(Ljava/lang/String;)Landroid/net/Uri;");
jobject uri = env->CallStaticObjectMethod(uri_class, uri_parse, url_string);
jclass intent_class = env->FindClass("android/content/Intent");
jfieldID action_view_id = env->GetStaticFieldID(intent_class, "ACTION_VIEW", "Ljava/lang/String;");
jobject action_view = env->GetStaticObjectField(intent_class, action_view_id);
jmethodID new_intent = env->GetMethodID(intent_class, "<init>", "(Ljava/lang/String;Landroid/net/Uri;)V");
jobject intent = env->AllocObject(intent_class);
env->CallVoidMethod(intent, new_intent, action_view, uri);
jclass activity_class = env->FindClass("android/app/Activity");
jmethodID start_activity = env->GetMethodID(activity_class, "startActivity", "(Landroid/content/Intent;)V");
env->CallVoidMethod(android->activity->clazz, start_activity, intent);
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