This Skip framework is available at, which can be checked out and tested with skip test once Skip is installed.


This is a Skip Swift/Kotlin library project that provides the capability for Skip’s Kotlin transpiled code to call into C and C++ libraries on Android.

On the Kotlin side, SkipFFI uses the Java Native Access (JNA) library to simulate Swift types like Swift.OpaquePointer as com.sun.jna.Pointer pointer references, and implements Swift.withUnsafeMutablePointer using a com.sun.jna.ptr.PointerByReference on the Java side.

This capability is used by Skip frameworks like SkipSQL and SkipScript to provide a unified API to underlying native C APIs on both Darwin and Android.


#if !SKIP
import Darwin
import SkipFFI
let Darwin = BionicDarwin()

// Full-qualified Module.fname() will call through SkipFFI to the C interface
Darwin.abs(-12) // 12

// MARK: Implementation of C interface

func BionicDarwin() -> BionicDarwin {
    com.sun.jna.Native.load("c", (BionicDarwin.self as kotlin.reflect.KClass).java)

protocol BionicDarwin : com.sun.jna.Library {
    func abs(_ value: Int32) -> Int32

    func malloc(_ size: Int32) -> OpaquePointer
    func free(_ ptr: OpaquePointer) -> Int32

    func getenv(_ key: String) -> String?


SkipFFI’s implementation provides:

public typealias OpaquePointer = com.sun.jna.Pointer
public typealias UnsafeMutableRawPointer = com.sun.jna.ptr.PointerByReference

public func withUnsafeMutablePointer<T>(to pointerRef: InOut<OpaquePointer?>, block: (UnsafeMutableRawPointer) throws -> T) rethrows -> T

Working with Data

SkipFFI doesn’t work with the Data API directly. If you need to access raw bytes, you can use the APIs directly:

let blob = Data()
let size = blob.count

#if SKIP
let buf = java.nio.ByteBuffer.allocateDirect(size)
buf.put(blob.kotlin(nocopy: true)) // transfer the bytes
let ptr = com.sun.jna.Native.getDirectBufferPointer(buf)
try check(code: SQLite3.sqlite3_bind_blob(stmnt, index, ptr, size, nil))
try blob.withUnsafeBytes { ptr in
    try check(code: SQLite3.sqlite3_bind_blob(stmnt, index, ptr.baseAddress, size, nil))


This project is a Swift Package Manager module that uses the Skip plugin to transpile Swift into Kotlin.

Building the module requires that Skip be installed using Homebrew with brew install skiptools/skip/skip. This will also install the necessary build prerequisites: Kotlin, Gradle, and the Android build tools.


The module can be tested using the standard swift test command or by running the test target for the macOS destination in Xcode, which will run the Swift tests as well as the transpiled Kotlin JUnit tests in the Robolectric Android simulation environment.

Parity testing can be performed with skip test, which will output a table of the test results for both platforms.