Fast way to setup Retrolambda on an android project.


Retrolambda is a library which allows to use Java 8 lambda expressions, method references and try-with-resources statements on Java 7, 6 or 5.

The Gradle Retrolambda Plug-in allows to integrate Retrolambda into a Gradle based build. This allows for example to use these constructs in an Android application, as standard Android development currently does not yet support Java 8.

Setup and example how to use:

Setup Steps:

  1. Download and install jdk8.

  2. Add the following to your project’s main build.gradle

    buildscript {
        repositories {
        dependencies {
            classpath 'me.tatarka:gradle-retrolambda:3.2.3'
  3. Now add this to your application module’s build.gradle

    apply plugin: '' // or apply plugin: 'java'
    apply plugin: 'me.tatarka.retrolambda'
  4. Add these lines to your application module’s build.gradle to inform the IDE of the language level:

    android {
        compileOptions {
            sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
            targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8


So things like this:

button.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {

Become this:

button.setOnClickListener(v -> log("Clicked"));