Dec 12 2011

Download and install the Google Android SDK starter package in Windows 7

Category: Android core tools,Android SDK Managerwpgeorge @ 11:37 pm

This article assumes that you have already set up the following:

Java SDK Standard Edition

Eclipse for Java Developers

The way Google Android SDK is supposed to be set up on your Windows system is to first install an SDK starter package.  After that you add or remove components as required by your development needs.

The Android Starter package is located at this URL

This is a content-heavy page designed to promote the Android Studio products.  What we need is just the standalone tools.

Scroll down the contents and after the  ‘Download Android Studio.. ‘  button and the ‘Select a different platform’ section you will notice a section called ‘Get just the command line tools’

Locate the ‘Windows’ row and download a file with a name like:

installer_r<release number>-windows.exe

It is about 80-100 Mb in size. This used to be called the Android SDK Starter Package


The first thing the installer checks is that the Java JDK has been installed.


  • When prompted, choose to install for any users  in your system, not just the logged on user.  This is particularly important if one of more developers in your team will use the same PC for Android Development.



  • Choose the following default settings:

Install location:  c:\program files\android\android-sdk

After the installation is complete, you should get a message like this:


  • Click ‘next’ and then click on ‘Finish’ to exit the in installer.

The starter package has been installed and will execute as a separate program with the icon below:


Android SDK Manager shortcut as seen from the Windows Desktop

Android SDK Manager shortcut as seen from the Windows Desktop

Make sure that you have Internet access whenever you run the SDK Manager.

The first time you run the Manager, you will notice that it uses the following URL in order to retrieve the most recent repository:

There are other xml files subsequently retrieved and once they are interpreted by the Manager. The initial screen looks like this:


We are only going to exit the Android SDK Manager for now as our priority is to download the most important componenf for interactive development: the Eclipse ADT

Additional references

Check out the original instructions on setting up the Android SDK


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