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


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

http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

Scroll down the contents and locate the  ‘Get the SDK for an Existing IDE’ section to reveal the location to use to download the Android SDK Tools for Windows (also known as the Android Starter Package)

get.sdk.for.an.existing.android.ide

Clicking on ‘Download the SDK Tools for Windows’ results in an executable file in the form:

installer_r<release number>-windows.exe

It is about 80-100 Mb in size.

Installation

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

install.check.jdk.7

  • 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.

query.about.anyone.can.use.android.sdk

 

 

  • Choose the following default settings:

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

android.sdk.tools.default.windows.7.directory

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

setup.was.completed.succesfully

  • 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:

https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/repository/repository.xml

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

initial.sdk.manager.screen

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 android.com instructions on setting up the Android SDK

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