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    [Tutorial] How to Setup Android Development Environment


    There are many ways to develop for Android and because of all the options it is sometimes a little daunting getting your environment setup. I found myself bouncing from web page to web page, not really sure if I had the right tools and if they were setup correctly. I wanted to document the process that worked for me.


    Goal: Step by step instructions to install and configure your Android development environment for Windows.


    Environment/tools:
    Here is the setup I have chosen to use.

    * Windows (I'm using Windows 7, but any flavor of windows will do)
    * Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (v3.5 Galileo)
    * Java Platform (JDK 6 Update 18 )
    * Android SDK Tools, Revision 4

    Step 1. Install Eclipse IDE


    I chose to use the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (v3.5 Galileo). You can download the it here

    * Download "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (92 MB)"

    * This is a zip file and does not require installation. Just copy the eclipse folder into your programs directory

    * Download the installation file from Sun

    * Select your platform

    * Now run the JDK installation. I did not change any of the default installation options. When complete continue to step 3.

    Step 3: Install the Android SDK Tools, Revision 4

    * Download the install package "android-sdk_r04-windows.zip"

    * This does not require installation. Just unzip and copy the files. You can install the package anywhere but remember where you put as you will need to reference it in Eclipse. I happen to install it inside my eclipse folder.

    Step 4: Configure Android SDK

    * Launch "SDK-Setup.exe" located in the Android SDK install folder"

    * If you receive the following "Failed to Fetch Error" we need to change the URL to not use SSL. Close the error dialog.

    * Press "Cancel" on the "Choose Packages to Install" Dialog

    * Select "Settings" in the left pane
    * Check "Force https://... sources to be fetched using http://"
    * Press "Save and Apply"

    * Select "Available Packages" in the left pane
    * Select "Documentation" (at the top of the list)
    * Select "Usb Driver Package, rev 3 (at the bottom of the list)
    * And then select any platform you want to develop. You can select all (be prepared for a long download) or you can select only the platfrom for you phone. The Nexus One uses 2.1 and the Droid for Verizon uses 2.0.1.

    * Check "Accept All" and Press "Install Accepted"

    * When done press "Close"
    * Now we are going to create a virtual device (AVD)
    * Select "Virtual Devices" in the left pane
    * Select "New..."

    * Create the following new Android Virtual Device

    o Name: Android2.1
    o Target: Android 2.1 API Level 7 (Or which ever API you installed)
    o SD card Size: 4000 MiB to 32000MiB (16000 MiB shown)
    o Leave the rest at the default settings

    * Press "Create AVD". Be patient it may take a few minutes to create your new AVD.
    * Close the SDK setup.
    Step 5: Configure Eclipse

    (These instructions are for Galileo version of Eclipse. Please see this page for instructions if you downloaded the Ganymede version of Eclipse)

    * Launch Eclipse for the first time. You will be asked where you want to your workspace folder to be located.

    o I used the default location.
    o Check "Use this as the default and do not ask again" so you don't have to answer this question every time.
    o Press "OK".

    * Select "Help > Install New Software..."

    * Press "Add..."

    * Fill out the Add Site information

    o Name: Android
    o Location: (URL blocked)
    o Press "OK"

    If you get an error don't use SSL. change location from "(URL blocked)" to "(URL blocked)"

    * After a connection is made and available tools are retrieved expand "Developer Tools" and select "Android DDMS" and "Android Development Tools"
    * Press "Next"

    * Press "Next" again.
    * Check "I accept the terms of the license agreements"

    * You may receive a Security Warning about unsigned content. Press "OK"

    * Done. Now you should restart Eclipse.

    * After rebooting we need to tell Eclipse where we copied the "Android SDK" in step 3.
    * Select "Windows > Preferences"

    * Select "Android" from the left pane.
    * For the SDK Location, browse to where you installed the SDK.
    * Press "OK"

    * A dialog box will appear. If you want to send usage data to Google leave it checked, other uncheck it and press "Continue".
    * Close Eclipse

    You are now ready to build your first application.

    I have this entire tutorial (with screen captures) and others on my blog AndroidCodeMonkey.

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    This is great. I appreciate it. Thank you very much.
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    nice tutorial! time to do some android work hehe
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    I have used the Eclipse Java EE development version 3.5 not the one mentioned here, advised by a book I have bought.

    Would this explain the issues with the Java build path error? as at the moment I have to right click on the project,the properties and tick the Android SDK version that the project is using to clear this error.

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