Ubuntu – Complete Installation Guide for Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu

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What all needs to be done to install Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu?

Each of the steps in the answer was found on some different forum as I encountered obstacles getting started with my Android SDK and posted questions in appropriate forums thereafter. So I thought this would be useful in that it is a one stop solution available, in case one ever needs to re-install Ubuntu and install the Android SDK / ADT Bundle from scratch!

Best Answer

  • Actually, I think you should use Android Studio to develop android application. However, if you have your reason to use eclipse, you can follow the following guide.

    Target     : Super Newbies
    IDE        : Eclipse
    Description: Provide a GUI method to install Android IDE using Eclipse
    

    1. Installing Java Runtime (JDK) and Eclipse IDE

    • Search Software on Ubuntu and launch Ubuntu Software Center

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    • Search Java on Ubuntu Software Center and then install the OpenJDK Java Runtime.

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    • Search Eclipse on Ubuntu Software Center and then install it.

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    • If you have successfully installed eclipse and JDK, it will appear in the search result on your computer.

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    • For the JDK, you can also press CTRL + ALT + T to open a terminal and type command java -version to check again.

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    • Tips : Lock the eclipse icon on launcher.

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    2. Downloading SDK

    • Go to http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html to download the latest version of SDK. enter image description here

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    • Click android-sdk_r22.6.2-linux.tgz under Linux 32 & 64-bit of SDK Tools Only.

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    • Tick I have read and agree with the above terms and conditions and click Download android-sdk_r22.6.2-linux.tgz.

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    • Wait for the download process.

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    3. Preparing for Installation

    • Go to the location where you set to download the file.
    • Rigth click the file[.tgz] and select Extract Here.

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    • Now you can see that a file called android-sdk-linux appears as if the following.

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    • Enter the folder android-sdk-linux.

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    • Enter the folder tools and then copy the folder location.

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    • Press the keys CTRL + ALT + T to open a terminal and then use the following command. Where /home/casper/Downloads/android-sdk-linux/tools is the location I copied previously. You can just type cd and right click to past the location to the terminal.

          cd /home/casper/Downloads/android-sdk-linux/tools
          ./android
      

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    • Now the Android SDK Manager will be run.


    4. Installing Packages

    • Click Install [Number] packages....

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    • Click Accept License and then click Install.

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    • Wait for the installation process.

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    • Finally, this message will be shown.

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    5. Editing ".bashrc"

    • Press CTRL + ALT + T to open a new terminal and type : gedit ~/.bashrc

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    • Now the following text will appear.

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    • Add the following to the top of the entire text and then save it. (Do not close the file)

          export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk-linux/tools
          export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools
      
    • Example :

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    • [Recommended] Move the whole file android-sdk-linux to your eclipse's workspace and under a folder that you create named Android. Moreover, you have to copy the location.

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    • Now back to the ".bashrc" file and the replace the '~' with the location you copied previously and then save it and close it.

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    • Logout and relogin your Ubuntu system.


    6. Setting Up an Android Virtual Device

    • Press CTRL + ALT + T and type android avd to open the Android Virtual Device Manager.

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    • Click New.... Set up like the following and click OK.

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    • Click your virtual device and then click Start....

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    • Click Launch.

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    7. Installing ADT Plugin on Eclipse

    • Start Eclipse and go to Help -> Install New Software...

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    • Click Add....

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    • Type the following and then click OK.

       Name     :    ADT Plugin
       Location :    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
      

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    • Tick the checkbox of Developer Tools and then click Next>.

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    • Click Next>.

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    • Click "I accept the..." and click Finish.

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    • Wait for the installation process.

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    • Restart eclipse.

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    • Click Open Preferences.

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    • Copy your own SDK location (The location of the file android-sdk-linux).

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    • Paste to the SDK Location: textbox and then click Apply and OK.

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    • Enjoy to create any android application with your Ubuntu.

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