Simplified instructions for installing the tools needed to develope for Android on Windows

Some days ago I tried to encourage my brother to start coding for Android. When I looked at the instructions for installing the tools needed to develope for Android on Windows they involved several steps and you needed to jump back and forward between different pages. A bit too much for my taste and not so usable, so this is a try to streamline the instructions. For further help etc please visit the Android SDK source pages. If I have missed anything or things could be done smoother you are free to contact me or comment below. Most of the text is cut and pasted from the Android SDK source pages I just wanted everything in one place and thought I could share it with you.

  1. 1. Check System Requirements
  2. 2. Download and install the JDK
  3. 3. Download and install Eclipse Classic 3.5 Win 32-bit ( There are known issues with the ADT plugin running with Eclipse 3.6. Please stay on 3.5 until further notice. 2010-10-19) (Source)
  4. 4. Download the Android SDK starter package Android SDK (Instruction source)
    1. a. Install the SDK, unpack the starter package to a safe location
    2. b. Add the SDK location to your PATH. (Instructions for setting PATH)
  5. 5. Install ADT (eclipse 3.5) (Instruction source)
    1. a. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
    2. b. In the Available Software dialog, click Add….
    3. c. In the Add Site dialog that appears, enter a name for the remote site (for example, ”Android Plugin”) in the ”Name” field.
    4. d. In the ”Location” field, enter this URL:
      Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, you can try using ”http” in the URL, instead of ”https” (https is preferred for security reasons).
    5. e. Click OK.
    6. f. Back in the Available Software view, you should now see ”Developer Tools” added to the list. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools, which will automatically select the nested tools Android DDMS and Android Development Tools. Click Next.
    7. g. In the resulting Install Details dialog, the Android DDMS and Android Development Tools features are listed. Click Next to read and accept the license agreement and install any dependencies, then click Finish.
    8. h. Restart Eclipse.
  6. 6. Configuring the ADT Plugin
    1. a. Select Window > Preferences… to open the Preferences panel (Mac OS X: Eclipse > Preferences).
    2. b. Select Android from the left panel.
    3. c. For the SDK Location in the main panel, click Browse… and locate your downloaded SDK directory.
    4. d. Click Apply, then OK.
  7. 7. Add SDK Components (Instruction source) Important: Before you install SDK components, we recommend that you disable any antivirus programs that may be running on your computer. 2010-10-19
    1. a. Open Eclipse
    2. b. Select Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager.
    3. c. Select Available Packages in the left panel. This will reveal all of the components that are currently available for download from the SDK repository.
    4. d. Select the component(s) you’d like to install and click Install Selected. If you aren’t sure which packages to select, read Which components do I need?.
    5. e. Verify and accept the components you want and click Install Accepted. The components will now be installed into your existing Android SDK directories.
  8. 8. A good place to start your coding adventures Hello World tutorial





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