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Android ScreenCapture Sample

This sample demonstrates how to use Media Projection API to capture device screen in real time and show it on a SurfaceView.


Media Projection API lets you capture the current screen through Surface.

To start media projection, you need to get an instance of MediaProjection. For this, you have to call startActivityForResult with an Intent from MediaProjectionManager.createScreenCaptureIntent(). This shows a confirmation dialog to the user. When user confirms it, you will get a result code and data in onActivityResult, so pass those to [getMediaProjection][3].

Once you get a MediaProjection, use [createVirtualDisplay][4] and bind it to a Surface.

[3]:, android.content.Intent) [4]:, int, int, int, int, android.view.Surface, android.hardware.display.VirtualDisplay.Callback, android.os.Handler)


  • Android SDK 26
  • Android Build Tools v26.0.1
  • Android Support Repository



Getting Started

This sample uses the Gradle build system. To build this project, use the "gradlew build" command or use "Import Project" in Android Studio.


If you've found an error in this sample, please file an issue:

Patches are encouraged, and may be submitted by forking this project and submitting a pull request through GitHub. Please see for more details.


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A simple launcher activity containing a summary sample description, sample log and a custom {@link} which can display a view.

For devices with displays with a width of 720dp or greater, the sample log is always visible, on other devices it's visibility is controlled by an item on the Action Bar.

Create a chain of targets that will receive log data