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

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 Qt5.1.0 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.


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

  • Nightly builds can be obtained at
  • Install the .apk
  • If you are installing Qorbiter for Qt4, the ministro box will pop up when you start the application.
  • When it is finished, it will ask you for to download Ministro II, which in turns might need additional libs which are automatically downloaded.

. Do this and let it finish.

  • Install the Ministro Config Tool, run it. Do not change the repo.
  • After closing the Ministro Config Tool, running qOrbiter will probably download some additional stuff.

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.

Previous Android Orbiters

Until the qOrbiter reaches perfection, there are a few other choices, the best of which is los93sol's TouchOrbiter (honed by tschak909). It downloadable from the Orbiter page in web admin, otherwise grab it here,13064.0.html

Don't forget to help put the qOrbiter through its paces!,13344.0.html