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Android Dependency Manager for libraries that aren't packaged as .jar or .aar - Paladin fells your dependencies like a boss.

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Paladin — v0.6.1

Android Dependency Manager for libraries that aren’t packaged as .jar or .aar — Paladin fells your dependencies like boss.

If you have any feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter [@jonathonstaff]( I’m still actively developing this, and I understand there are some limitations.


Paladin is designed to assist Android developers who use dependencies in their projects which aren’t packaged as .jar or .aar on Maven Central. This is strictly for developers using Android Studio and Gradle. Before adding a library using Paladin, I highly recommend searching the Maven Central repositories (check out Gradle, please), since this will often provide the best means of incorporating an external library.

That being said, uploading a library to Maven Central is no walk in the park, so developers frequently forgo the process altogether and simply host a public repo with their source code. The Facebook SDK for Android for example, (shame on you Facebook, you’re more than capable!) isn’t available on Maven Central, which forces developers to clone down and manually import the library.

Paladin works to do this for you, quite similar to CocoaPods for Objective-C development. An /armory folder is created in the root directory of your project and all Paladin libraries are stored there.



$ pip install paladin

or download the source and run:

$ python install


Paladin needs orders before he can carry them out. Commands can be run with either a -v, --verbose flag or -q, --quiet flag to change the level of output printed in the command line.

Create orders

Create a json file at the root of your project titled orders

$ vim orders

with the following format:

  "dependencies": [
      "name": "Android-SmoothSeekBar",
      "url": ""
      "name": "Android-SwipeControl",
      "url": ""

Required attributes:

  • "url" (The url to a git repo containing the dependency)

Future attributes:

  • "commit"
  • "tag"
  • "branch"

If you do not specifiy "name" in the orders, Paladin will do so for you.

Installing Dependencies

$ paladin install

You should see the progess displayed in your shell window. Once this has completed, open Android Studio and sync your Gradle project.

Removing Libraries

You can remove libraries by simply removing that dependency from the orders and re-running:

$ paladin install

If you wish to remove all dependencies installed by Paladin, run:

$ paladin removeall

Developed By

Jonathon Staff


Copyright 2014 Jonathon Staff

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