How to setup Cocos2d-x (Windows and Android)


This is a tutorial on how to setup Cocos2d-x for Windows and Android development on Windows.


Building cocos2d for windows is pretty straight forward:

  1. Get the source from GitHub:
  2. Use the provided solution files or run (recommended): build-win32.bat
  3. Binaries are placed in: “\Release.win32”
  4. More information can be found on the wiki



  1. Eclipse (with CDT plugin)
  2. Installed JDK (Java SE 6 Update 26) – I recommend downloading the x86 version. Please note that Java SE 7 won’t work.
  3. Android SDK
  4. Installed ADT Plugin for Eclipse
  5. Android NDK
  6. Android NDK r6b Windows (Note: If r7 fails to compile Cocos2d-x, try using the previous NDK, version r6b)

Install MinGW/MSYS

Install MinGW and MSYS according to this tutorial:
How to install MinGW, MSYS and Eclipse on windows
(Don’t forget to install the ADT plugin as well)

No need to install cygwin 😉

Building Cocos2d-x (MSYS/NDK)

My file locations (unzip the SDK and NDK to these locations)

  • NDK: C:\Development\android-ndk-r6b
  • SDK: C:\Development\android-sdk-windows
  • Source location (git): D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x

Set the NDK root and COCOS2DX root path

Open up these files:

  • D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\HelloLua\android\
  • D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\HelloWorld\android\
  • D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\tests\\

Change this:




Run buildscripts
Open up Msys and use the following commands in the terminal to build the projects:

Build HelloLua project

cd /d/projects/Github/cocos2d-x/HelloLua/android/

Build HelloWorld project

cd /d/projects/Github/cocos2d-x/HelloWorld/android

Build tests project

cd /d/projects/Github/cocos2d-x/tests/

It might take a while to build the tests example. On completion you should see this:

Importing projects (Eclipse/SDK)

Open up eclipse
Create a new workspace at D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\android

Create a new Android project

HelloWorld example

Create Android Project

  • Set projectname to: HelloWorld
  • Untick: default location
  • Click: Create project from existing source
  • Set location to: D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\HelloWorld\android
  • Click next>

Select Build Target

  • Set target to Android 2.1>
  • Click next>

Application Info

  • Set application: HelloWorld
  • Set package name: org.cocos2dx.helloworld
  • Click finish>

tests example

Create Android Project

  • Set projectname to: tests
  • Untick: default location
  • Click: Create project from existing source
  • Set location to: D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\tests\
  • Click next>

Select Build Target

  • Set target to Android 2.1>
  • Click next>

Application Info

  • Set application: tests
  • Set package name: org.cocos2dx.tests
  • Click finish

HelloLua example

Create Android Project

  • Set projectname to: HelloLua
  • Untick: default location
  • Click: Create project from existing source
  • Set location to: D:\projects\Github\cocos2d-x\HelloLua\android
  • Click next>

Select Build Target

  • Set target to Android 2.1>
  • Click next>

Application Info

  • Set application: HelloLua
  • Set package name: org.cocos2dx.hellolua
  • Click finish

Fixing some java code

All projects should now be available in the package explorer. However, HelloLua and HelloWorld might show some red crosses. You will need to modify a few .java files. All you need to do is remove all lines with @Override.

Build APK and run

  • Click on the project name in the package explorer (for example HelloWorld or tests).
  • Click the green arrow
  • Select Android Application
  • Click OK

If your device is connected to your computer, eclipse will build the APK and install it on your phone/tablet. If no device is found, it will launch the emulator.


Running Hello World

Running tests

30 responses

  1. Im getting an error when I try to compile, & mysys gives me an error on line 1 and line 2 with unexpected end of file. Followed the steps a few times to verify and everything look right. working in Windows 7. Thanks,

    Mike – December 22nd, 2011
  2. Hi Mike, I just tried the tutorial again and you’re right. Im getting the same errors when using the NDK r7. However, when using the previous NDK r6b it works just fine. I’ll see if I can figure out how to get it working under r7. For now I recommend just downloading

    Laurence Muller December 28th, 2011
  3. Help..How do I ‘Set the NDK root and COCOS2DX root path’? I set in Enviroment variables, but I think it is not correct.. Because it returns error when calling the using msys.. thanks..

    andres – January 21st, 2012
  4. Hi Andres, you don’t need to set those two values as Environment variables. You only need to modified the buildscripts ( and change the path in those files.

    Laurence Muller January 21st, 2012
  5. Hi Laurence, I cannot even open, do I need to install something?thanks.

    andres – January 22nd, 2012
  6. Marcio Andrey Oliveira January 23rd, 2012
  7. Thanks for posting the solution Marcio!

    Laurence Muller January 30th, 2012
  8. Hi, Can’t build the I keep getting “line 41: ./ndk-build: No such file or directory” Please advise. Thanks!

    Peter – February 23rd, 2012
  9. hi, I came across with these errors when building HelloLua on MinGW, using jni/../../Classes/../../lua/cocos2dx_support/CCLuaEngine.cpp: In member function ‘virtual int cocos2d::CCLuaEngine::executeFunctionByRefID(int, int)’: jni/../../Classes/../../lua/cocos2dx_support/CCLuaEngine.cpp:183: error: exception handling disabled, use -fexceptions to enable jni/../../Classes/../../lua/cocos2dx_support/CCLuaEngine.cpp:183: error: ‘…’ handler must be the last handler for its try block How should I explicitly add the -fexceptions flag? And if there some way to build native Win32 exe through mingw, rather than building to run on android emulator? Thanks

    Pomelo – March 26th, 2012
  10. I ran into a similar issue with a recent checkout, so I am guessing that something in the source code changed that triggered this error. I think I saw some updates related to LUA not too long ago, so it might’ve already been fixed. (If not, try reporting it on the Cocos-x forums). About the win32 native exe, I would recommend using Visual Studio (or Visual Studio Express which is free). If you want to use MinGW, you could try to use the Makefiles provided for the Linux build. I am just not sure if MinGW has the essential OpenGL ES header and library files required to compile and link the source.

    Laurence Muller March 30th, 2012
  11. Try using NDK_ROOT_LOCAL instead of ANDROID_NDK_ROOT when defining the NDK path.

    Laurence Muller May 7th, 2012
  12. Hi , I have tried the procedure that were mentioned above to install cocos2s-x for Android(Windows), but the sample project(HelloWorld and other) were unable to run. Some errors that were been detected: 1. After changing the path of “” NDK_ROOT_LOCAL=/cygdrive/e/android/android-ndk-r8 to “NDK_ROOT_LOCAL=/D/MY_WORKSPACE/android-ndk-r6b” & COCOS2DX_ROOT_LOCAL=/cygdrive/f/Project/dumganhar/cocos2d-x to “COCOS2DX_ROOT_LOCAL=/D/MY_WORKSPACE/cocos2d-x” , I get errror in “MINGW32” console, it can be seen from “”. I can any one please help me with any solution. Thanks

    Abhik – June 1st, 2012
  13. same error as Abhik s

    burak kara June 24th, 2012
  14. this tutorial is uncomplete… it allows you to just run the examples, but not tells anything about how to configure the NDK in order to be able to write c++ code from eclipse. This is unuseless…

    xus July 7th, 2012
  15. The tutorial explains everything you need to know to compile the examples. It covers setting up your build environment and how to compile projects in Eclipse. If you write your own apps, you usually just copy one of the examples and start modifying.

    Laurence Muller July 20th, 2012
  16. Hey Great Tutorial man, Just one thing, i am able to compile the programs but any changes that i make in the source code don’t get reflected in the simulator ..? can you help me with this? for example instead of “Hello World” i wrote “ FIrst Hello “ but the simulator would always show “Hello Word” .. Why is That?

    Rakshak Kalwani – July 26th, 2012
  17. After saving the file, you could try to clean the project and rebuild the project. See if that helps

    Laurence Muller August 2nd, 2012
  18. Great Man , I finally got my cocos2d-x tests working on my android device .

    Srikanth – August 15th, 2012
  19. hi , i am not able to compile , I edited and changed NDK_ROOT and COCOS2DX_ROOT as described above , but i am getting the below error :

    Compile++ thumb : hellocpp_shared <= main.cpp In file included from e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/base_nodes/CCNode.h:34, from e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/actions/CCActionInterval.h:30 , from e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/include/cocos2d.h:42, from e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/samples/hellocpp/ ./Classes/AppDelegate.h:4, from e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/samples/hellocpp/ ocpp/main.cpp:1: e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/platform/android/CCGL.h:48: error: 'PFNGLGENVERTEXA RRAYSOESPROC' does not name a type e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/platform/android/CCGL.h:49: error: 'PFNGLBINDVERTEX ARRAYOESPROC' does not name a type e:/GitHub/cocos2d-x/cocos2dx/platform/android/CCGL.h:50: error: 'PFNGLDELETEVERT EXARRAYSOESPROC' does not name a type make.exe: *** [/e/GitHub/cocos2d-x/samples/hellocpp/ bi/objs/hellocpp_shared/hellocpp/main.o] Error 1 make.exe: Leaving directory `/e/GitHub/cocos2d-x/samples/hellocpp/'

    Arif – August 19th, 2012
  20. Hi Laurence, Great tutorial. But I can’t get anything running. If I try with HelloLua, when I click on the HelloLua icon at the emulator, it do nothing and at LogCat it shows “don’t support gles2.0”, and if I try with helloWorld, it do nothing too, and a lot of messages on LogCat. Can you help me? Thanks

    Jack Savvier I August 24th, 2012
  21. Seems like a problem with the source code to me, did you try compiling the stable versions from their download page?

    Laurence Muller August 25th, 2012
  22. I’m not sure if the emulator actually supports gles2.0, are you using the new gles20 branch from github? I would try to connect a real device to see if it runs (and to be sure your apk binary is ok). Which android image do you use on your emulator? If you’re using gingerbread, you might want to try the ICS or Jellybean image. Edit: Its probably a bug:

    Laurence Muller August 25th, 2012
  23. Thank you Laurence for your reply. My problem now is that if I set emulator to use gpu, it crash, but I think maybe is because I don’t have a gpu at this computer. Can it be? Thanks.

    Jack Savvier I – August 27th, 2012
  24. Hi Laurence .. Great Tutorial .. :) And Thanks .. One Quick Question : After I have done everything you have said .. (creating android project from existing sample code) Eclipse show the error on the cocos2dx specific packages .. that “can not resolved as Type” .. Do I still have to import cocos2dxfo library ?? or did I miss something ? Best Regards

    Aung Pyae Phyo – September 26th, 2012
  25. Thanks for this tutorial. After much trial and error, your notes here helped the most! The latest eclipse is somewhat different from what’s indicated here, but I was able to experiment with it enough to get it working both on an AVD and NEXUS 7.

    Mikan – February 17th, 2013
  26. Hi laurence. I use the lastest cocos 2d-x and i dont find the hello-lua folder. and i need the new one for setup the cocos2d-x in windows. (sry i dunno how to fix it)

    Adit – February 21st, 2013
  27. The folder moves to “” I still need to update the guide at some point…

    Laurence Muller February 22nd, 2013
  28. Thx laurence.. i’m waiting for ur new guide. i really want use cocos2dx for my project.

    Adit – February 25th, 2013
  29. Me too. I tried delete in CCGL.h these line: extern PFNGLGENVERTEXARRAYSOESPROC glGenVertexArraysOESEXT; extern PFNGLBINDVERTEXARRAYOESPROC glBindVertexArrayOESEXT; extern PFNGLDELETEVERTEXARRAYSOESPROC glDeleteVertexArraysOESEXT; And it can compile smoothly at the beginning but in the end it results errors :(.

    hien – April 6th, 2013
  30. Hello. I came across this error. NDK_ROOT not defined: Please define NDK_ROOT in your environment or

    Hello – July 29th, 2013