Android JNI – Array Operations

Array Operations


jsize GetArrayLength(JNIEnv *env, jarray array);

Returns the number of elements in the array.


jobjectArray NewObjectArray(JNIEnv *env, jsize length, jclass elementClass, jobject initialElement);

Constructs a new array holding objects in class elementClass. All elements are initially set to initialElement.


jobject GetObjectArrayElement(JNIEnv *env, jobjectArray array, jsize index);

Returns an element of an Object array.


void SetObjectArrayElement(JNIEnv *env, jobjectArray array, jsize index, jobject value);

Sets an element of an Object array.

New<PrimitiveType>Array Routines

ArrayType New<PrimitiveType>Array(JNIEnv *env, jsize length);

A family of operations used to construct a new primitive array object. Below describes the specific primitive array constructors. You should replace New<PrimitiveType>Array with one of the actual primitive array constructor routine names from the following table, and replace ArrayType with the corresponding array type for that routine.

New<PrimitiveType>Array Routines Array Type
NewBooleanArray() jbooleanArray
NewByteArray() jbyteArray
NewCharArray() jcharArray
NewShortArray() jshortArray
NewIntArray() jintArray
NewLongArray() jlongArray
NewFloatArray() jfloatArray
NewDoubleArray() jdoubleArray

Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements Routines

NativeType *Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements(JNIEnv *env, ArrayType array, jboolean *isCopy);

A family of functions that returns the body of the primitive array. The result is valid until the corresponding Release<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements() function is called. Since the returned array may be a copy of the Java array, changes made to the returned array will not necessarily be reflected in the original array until Release<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements() is called.

If isCopy is not NULL, then *isCopy is set to JNI_TRUE if a copy is made; or it is set to JNI_FALSE if no copy is made.

Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements Routines Array Type Native Type
GetBooleanArrayElements() jbooleanArray jboolean
GetByteArrayElements() jbyteArray jbyte
GetCharArrayElements() jcharArray jchar
GetShortArrayElements() jshortArray jshort
GetIntArrayElements() jintArray jint
GetLongArrayElements() jlongArray jlong
GetFloatArrayElements() jfloatArray jfloat
GetDoubleArrayElements() jdoubleArray jdouble

Release<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements Routines

void Release<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements(JNIEnv *env, ArrayType array, NativeType *elems, jint mode);

A family of functions that informs the VM that the native code no longer needs access to elems. The elems argument is a pointer derived from array using the corresponding Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements() function. If necessary, this function copies back all changes made to elems to the original array.

Release<PrimitiveType>ArrayElements Routines Array Type Native Type
ReleaseBooleanArrayElements() jbooleanArray jboolean
ReleaseByteArrayElements() jbyteArray jbyte
ReleaseCharArrayElements() jcharArray jchar
ReleaseShortArrayElements() jshortArray jshort
ReleaseIntArrayElements() jintArray jint
ReleaseLongArrayElements() jlongArray jlong
ReleaseFloatArrayElements() jfloatArray jfloat
ReleaseDoubleArrayElements() jdoubleArray jdouble

Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion Routines

void Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion(JNIEnv *env, ArrayType array, jsize start, jsize len, NativeType *buf);

A family of functions that copies a region of a primitive array into a buffer.

Get<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion Routine Array Type Native Type
GetBooleanArrayRegion() jbooleanArray jboolean
GetByteArrayRegion() jbyteArray jbyte
GetCharArrayRegion() jcharArray jchar
GetShortArrayRegion() jshortArray jhort
GetIntArrayRegion() jintArray jint
GetLongArrayRegion() jlongArray jlong
GetFloatArrayRegion() jfloatArray jloat
GetDoubleArrayRegion() jdoubleArray jdouble

Set<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion Routines

void Set<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion(JNIEnv *env, ArrayType array, jsize start, jsize len, const NativeType *buf);

A family of functions that copies back a region of a primitive array from a buffer.

Set<PrimitiveType>ArrayRegion Routine Array Type Native Type
SetBooleanArrayRegion() jbooleanArray jboolean
SetByteArrayRegion() jbyteArray jbyte
SetCharArrayRegion() jcharArray jchar
SetShortArrayRegion() jshortArray jshort
SetIntArrayRegion() jintArray jint
SetLongArrayRegion() jlongArray jlong
SetFloatArrayRegion() jfloatArray jfloat
SetDoubleArrayRegion() jdoubleArray jdouble


void * GetPrimitiveArrayCritical(JNIEnv *env, jarray array, jboolean *isCopy);
void ReleasePrimitiveArrayCritical(JNIEnv *env, jarray array, void *carray, jint mode);

The semantics of these two functions are very similar to the existing Get/Release<primitivetype>ArrayElements functions. If possible, the VM returns a pointer to the primitive array; otherwise, a copy is made. However, there are significant restrictions on how these functions can be used.

After calling GetPrimitiveArrayCritical, the native code should not run for an extended period of time before it calls ReleasePrimitiveArrayCritical. We must treat the code inside this pair of functions as running in a “critical region.” Inside a critical region, native code must not call other JNI functions, or any system call that may cause the current thread to block and wait for another Java thread. (For example, the current thread must not call read on a stream being written by another Java thread.)

These restrictions make it more likely that the native code will obtain an uncopied version of the array, even if the VM does not support pinning. For example, a VM may temporarily disable garbage collection when the native code is holding a pointer to an array obtained via GetPrimitiveArrayCritical.



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