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Setup Ubuntu for Android Development

Install Android SDK

First, we need to download and install the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK is available at and Select the Linux 32 & 64-bit package under the SDK Tools Only.

Now that the package is downloaded, extract it. This will create the android-sdk-linux in your home folder.

Fixing PATH variable

In order for the android SDK to work properly, you need to add the new paths folders to your PATH variable.

vi ~/.profile

Add the following line at the bottom of the file:


This will work next time you log in to your session. If you want to make these changes effective in your current session, you can run this command:

export PATH="$HOME/android-sdk-linux/tools:$HOME/android-sdk-linux/platforms:$PATH"

Installing JAVA

Android application works with Java. You will need to install it.

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk ant

Verify the installation

Let's make sure Java and the SDK is properly installed before we continue.

You can easily check Java by checking the current version installed.

java -version

This will output something like this:

java version "1.6.0_33"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.13.5) (6b33-1.13.5-1ubuntu0.12.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.25-b01, mixed mode)

Now let's make sure the Android package is working as well.


This will open a window. This window will allow you to get specific packages, add and update existing packages etc.

Go ahead and install the API 21 (and others if you want).

Android Debug Bridge Package

The Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a tool that allows you to communicate with an emulator or a connected Android-powered device.

To install adb, simply run this command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

If you are on a 64bit system, you also need to install the following two packages:

sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6 ia32-libs