Creating a plug and play Android development environment

This one is for the new Android developers or the ones who want to get into Android development. With the steps given below , anyone can create a self-sufficient environment for Android development. It is useful due to the following reasons:

  1. Deploy the environment across many PCs, update the APIs only once and and copy it to other systems.
  2. In case the working environment gets  corrupt , just replace it with the saved installation.

Let’s get going….

Step 1:

Download the latest Eclipse Ide from the Eclipse download site, I prefer the win-32 version even if I have 64-bit system as sometimes it leads to conflict with the JVM.

Step 2:

Download and install the Android SDK from, it will get installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\Android-SDK. Make sure you know where you are installing the SDK.

  • Once the SDK is installed download all the needed APIs for Different platforms by running SDK Manager.exe from the installation folder.

Step 3:

Open Eclipse and install the ADT plugin .

  • Goto Help>> Install New Software

  • Select the Developer tools option and click on next , Accept the EULA and let it install.

Step 4:

Once the ADT plugin is installed we move to the next step, Goto C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\ and copy or cut the Android-SDK folder and paste it where the Eclipse installation is eg. C:\Data.

Step 5:

The last step is to update the SDK location in Eclipse ,  Go to  Window>> Preferences >> Android  >> SDK Location and update it to the new location where you moved your Android-SDK folder.

Once all the steps are complete you can create a zipped folder from the C:\Android folder and reuse it on other systems or keep it in a secure place for any contingencies later.  🙂

For the newbs who do not want so much configuration, they can download the pre-installed rar file here.

It includes: Eclipse Juno , Android SDK, Android APIs, and the ADT plugin .(Also included is the GIT plugin)