Android Orbiter

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LinuxMCE QOrbiter for Android

This wiki page serves 2 purposes: To serve as an intermediate install guide for the Android LinuxMCE QOrbiter, and to serve as a point of reference for future developers.


Original Implementation using Qt4

This version is being retired and you should use the Qt5 version

The Android qorbiter is the result of a very tricky process. We utilize the LinuxMCE libraries, qt libraries, and wrap them inside java for execution on the Android device. Besides using vanilla Qt Creator, we also utilize Neccesitas, a cross platform compiler that takes the Native c++ and wraps it for executing inside the Android JNI.

Latest Implementation using Qt5

As a result of Digia aquiring Qt, they have made an effort to extend Qt to both iOS and Android. The result of this effort so far is Qt5.2.0 for Android. This release brings the advances gained in Qt5 to the android platform, as well as some other features, not the least of which is no longer needing ministro to download qt libraries. Release will be available soon, there is just much porting to QtQuick2 that needs to be done.


Please note, you will need 30mb of storage space on the devices internal storage. NOT the sd card. You will also need to install via wifi!!


You will need to prepare for the addition of the device to your system before it can be used by following these steps.

  • Navigate to the 'Orbiters' page in the LinuxMCE Admin website. Create a new QOrbiter device from the dropdown box at the bottom. Make sure you fill in all the information there like:
    • User
    • Room
    • Size - This is a remnant of the old orbiter, choose the smallest one, so that any regen it does is fast.
    • Make a note of the device number
  • When done, choose update.
  • When the core is ready, it will ask you to do a quick reload. MAKE SURE to set the default user and location.
  • Quick Reload the router when asked.
  • When you start the android QOrbiter, it should pop up a list of orbiters. Select the appropriate one, and it should finish setup.

Now you will need to Install the skins. Eventually, this will be a cleaner process. For the moment, it isnt :) All skins live on the core and will be accessible from http://<your-route-ip>/lmce-admin/skins The following instructions are for the core machine. you may need to run these commands with 'sudo'. These commands will download a script written for your LinuxMCE core. It will setup and update the critical files needed while QOrbiter is in this beta state. Thank you for your patience.

wget -O /tmp/
sudo chmod u+x /tmp/
sudo /tmp/./

Now your skins are installed.

Install Qorbiter

QOrbiter is now installed!

Running the device

  • Assuming the previous steps were completed, you can now connect.
  • The default ip it connects to is
  • Enter the device number you previously made note of for the device number
  • If your core address is not standard, it will hang. you can kill the device and edit the config.xml at the location listed below.

The configuration file is located on the SDCard under /LinuxMCE

Remote Access

In order to use qOrbiter from outside your internal LMCE network, you need to:

  • Open ports 2757 & 3450 on your firewall via webadmin
  • Change the host line in LinuxMCE/config.xml on your Android device to your CORE's external IP address.
  • Please note this is an unsafe activity. It would be wiser to setup vpn support.

Beta Test

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