WorldWind Android

How to build a basic WorldWind Android ‘app’

This tutorial sets up a project from scratch and inserts a WorldWind globe in a FrameLayout.

1. Create a new Android Studio Project

  1. Select File > New > New Project… to run the ne project wizard
  2. Configure your new project:
    • You can use the default values
  3. Select the form factors your app will run on:
    • Choose Phone/Tablet
    • Choose Minimum SDK: API 19: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  4. Add an Activity
    • Choose an Empty Activity
  5. Customize the Activity:
    • You can use the default values
    • Activity Name: MainActivity
    • Generate Layout File: checked
    • Layout Name: activity_main

2. Run the ‘app’ to verify it works

  1. Select Run > Run ‘app’
  2. Choose an Available Emulator or Device and select OK
  3. If Required, create a new emulator to run the ‘app’
    • Select hardware device: Default Nexus 5X
    • Select and download a System Image: Default: Marshmallow (wait for download to complete)
    • Configure Android Virtual Device (AVD)

3. Add the WorldWind library to your project

4. Add a WorldWindow globe to the MainActivity

We'll make three simple changes to your 'app' to add a basic globe.

First, edit the activity_main.xml layout file and replace the TextView with the following FrameLayout. The FrameLayout is assigned the globe id which will be referenced in the MainActivity.
<!--WorldWindow Globe panel-->
Second, create an instance of a WorldWindow in and attach to the FrameLayout. The following code snippet should be added to the MainActivity's onCreate() method.
// Create a WorldWindow (a GLSurfaceView)...
WorldWindow wwd = new WorldWindow(getApplicationContext());
// ... and add some map layers
wwd.getLayers().addLayer(new BackgroundLayer());
wwd.getLayers().addLayer(new BlueMarbleLandsatLayer());
// Add the WorldWindow view object to the layout that was reserved for the globe.
FrameLayout globeLayout = (FrameLayout) findViewById(;
And finally, add the following network access permissions to the AndroidManifest.xml so that the globe can download its imagery.
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>

5. Run the ‘app’ with the globe

  1. Select Run > Run ‘app’
  2. Choose an Available Emulator or Device and select OK