Introducing the MIFARE SDKThe easy way to develop NFC enabled Android applications

The MIFARE SDK is designed to provide access to all hardware features on Java level and enables Android apps to be created for MIFARE, ICODE and NTAG more easily than ever before. Leveraging the worldwide success of NXP´s product installations, the launch of MIFARE SDK opens up a world of new possibilities for creative Android application developers.
The enormous reduction in development time enables Android app developers to focus on the real important things: designing cool apps for a range of applications like access management, closed loop micropayment, campus cards and loyalty programs. These apps can then be easily uploaded to the Google Play store, ready for the end-user.

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Download the MIFARE SDK and start developing cool NFC apps that work with the worldwide existing MIFARE, ICODE and NTAG infrastructure.



Follow our step by step install guide to get started with our SDK. You will see how easy it is to start building your first project and all the possibilities that you'll have

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The benefits

  • Reduced development time for Android APPs together with MIFARE, NTAG and ICODE hardware.
  • Short time from idea to market
  • Full commandset support on Java level
  • Easy and quick development of Android APPs
  • Type of card and technical knowhow doesn´t matter for first contact 
  • Easy entry to the MIFARE World with source code examples, sample application and documentation
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Comparison Lite and Advanced Version

The following table quickly summarizes the differences between ‘Lite’ & ‘Advanced’ versions of MIFARE SDK.

Lite version is downloadable and usable in any APP for free.






MIFARE Classic





MIFARE Ultralight



✓ Partial+







*Only via Lite API

+Partial means not all commands of the card are supported. Refer to Javadoc for list of supported APIs.

MIFARE SDK Lite The free Version

The free version of the MIFARE SDK, the MIFARE SDK Lite which can be used with most MIFARE cards, provides a subset of features for quick, easy development of lightweight applications. 

Go to the MIFARE SDK Lite

MIFARE SDK Advanced The advanced Version

The professional version of the MIFARE SDK provides a more complete set of features and supports more components. Just take a look at the Javadoc linked below to find out what it can do!

Go to the MIFARE SDK Advanced

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Newest post in Forum

Re: DESFire getUID with lite SDKJanuary 22, 2015 An alternative is to use the Android getId function before you connect to the card with the NXP MIFARE SDK. So, something like this:

protected void onNewIntent(final Intent intent) {…

Re: DESFire Authentication with Advanced SDKJanuary 22, 2015 Let me answer my own question!!

To use the SDK to read data from a DESFire EV1 Card:

Step 1: Create a soft Key Store into which you place your Card Key. Here, I have my byte array key in MY_CARD_KEY:
private IKeyStore ks …

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