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Developer(s)Anywhere Software
Stable release
v8.0 / March 20, 2018; 13 months ago (2018-03-20)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish
LicenseProprietary software (Commercial software or shareware)

Basic4Android (currently known as B4A) is a rapid application development tool for native Android applications, developed and marketed by Anywhere Software Ltd.

B4A is an alternative to programming with Java.[1]

B4A includes a visual designer that simplifies the process of building user interfaces that target phones and tablets with different screen sizes.[2] Compiled programs can be tested in AVD Manager emulators or on real Android devices using Android Debug Bridge and B4A Bridge.

The language itself is similar to Visual Basic and Visual Basic .Net though it is adapted to the native Android environment.[3] B4A is an object-based and event-driven language.

B4A generates standard signed Android applications which can be uploaded to app stores like Google Play, Samsung Apps and Amazon Appstore.[4] There are no special dependencies or runtime frameworks required.[5]


B4A supports all types of applications such as games,[6] databases,[7][8] connectivity,[9] sensors[10] and hardware.[11]


B4A interacts with the native API through Java libraries. B4A libraries consist of two files: the Java jar file and a XML file that is produced by a tool provided with B4A.[12]


There are currently about 75,000 registered developers in the online community.[13] Most of the libraries, classes, examples and tools can be found there.


A book written by Wyken Seagrave and published by Penny Press Ltd was published in October 2013. ISBN 9781491226735.[14] Two guides and many tutorials are listed in the documentation page.

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  1. ^ Bridgwater, Adrian (2011-02-16). "Anywhere Software Launches Basic4android | Dr Dobb's". Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  2. ^ Darien Graham-Smith (February 2013). "Write Your Own Android App With Basic for Android - Part I" (PDF). PC PRO Magazine.
  3. ^ Carsten Müller (2013-02-27). "Basic für Android » Android User" (in German). Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  4. ^ Darien Graham-Smith (March 2013). "Write Your Own Android App With Basic for Android - Part II" (PDF). PC PRO Magazine.
  5. ^ "Blog Archive » Basic4Android". Mobile Phone Development. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  6. ^ "Basic4Android | Coffee Induced Games". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  7. ^ "Tutorial - Remote Database Connector - Connect to any remote DB | Basic4android Community". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  8. ^ "B4AServer | Gambas, Basic4Android and Linux". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  9. ^ "B4A-Bridge - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  10. ^ "Tutorial - Orientation and accelerometer | Basic4android Community". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  11. ^ Holden, Chris (2012-05-08). "Nerd Club: Basic4Android". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  12. ^ "Let's get physical with Basic4Android | Alwaysbusy's Corner". 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  13. ^ "Basic4android Community". Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  14. ^ "Basic4Android Book". Penny Press. Retrieved 2013-08-20.

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