Getting Started with ARC
The App Runtime for Chrome (Beta), or ARC, lets you run your favorite Android apps on Chrome OS. By following these steps, you can try out the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) during this Developer Preview.
To test your app, you need three things:
- Your APK.
- PC, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook on Chrome Version 41+.
- Note: ARC is no longer supported on 32-bit x86 platforms and those platforms will no longer receive updates after October 13, 2015. All ARM platforms will continue to work and receive updates.
- The ARC Welder app.
Test your app
Open ARC Welder, attach your APK, and select your options. Click Launch App to test your app.
Upload your app
In ARC Welder, click Download ZIP. Upload your ZIP file to the Chrome Web Store. See Publishing Your App for more details.
When testing your APK on ARC, developers have passed along these helpful tips:
- Use Tablet or Maximized for your form factor and Landscape for your orientation.
- Be sure your app works well for touch and non-touch Chromebooks.
If you need to check if your app is running on Chrome OS, look for
chromium as the
- Getting logs:
On a PC, you can get logs from your app by running
adb pull /data/data/package_name/path/to/your/log.txtfrom the Android SDK tools.
On a Chromebook, where adb isn't available right now, run either
- If the app crashes and you can't get logs using logcat, try collecting stdout and stderr from Chrome/NaCl. On Chrome OS, you can get these logs from chrome://system/ and expanding ui_log.
- To enable Google Play services, read more.
- Since ARC is in Beta, it doesn't support all of Google Play Services yet. However, here are some available APIs:
- To ensure compatibility with all users, package and test your app on the Chromebook Stable channel.
- To use in-app payments, read more.