Robolectric needs access to multiple Android SDK jars in order to perform its magic, which means it needs special configuration beyond just setting up dependencies in your build. By default, it tries to download Android SDK jars from Maven Central.

But what if you have a hermetic build environment? You just need to do a little more configuration.

Here’s a Gradle build script that’ll help.

  1. Create an empty Gradle project (either gradle init or use Android Studio or IntelliJ).
  2. Paste the script into your build.gradle.
  3. Change the first line (robolectricVersion) to the version of Robolectric you want.
  4. Change the list of shadowArtifacts or androidSdkVersions if you like.
  5. Run the filesForHermeticBuild task: ./gradlew filesForHermeticBuild

Gradle will download all the dependencies you need to run Robolectric and place them in build/output/libs. Place the .jar files in your project’s libs directory.

Add the .jar files listed in build/output/README.txt as compile-time dependencies.

Place the file called build/output/robolectric-deps.properties in your test resources directory. Change the paths as indicated in the comment in that file.

You’re all set! Robolectric will now load Android SDKs from the filesystem instead of attempting to download them from Maven Central.