Mar 04 2012

Installing the Android ADT Plugin for Eclipse in Windows 7

Category: Android core tools,android eclipsewpgeorge @ 8:39 pm

This article assumes that you have already installed the Java SDK and Eclipse for Windows 7.

You should have also downloaded and installed the Android SDK starter package

The ADT plugin is a component that allows using Eclipse as a development environment for Android


  • Start Eclipse by running the eclipse.exe application
  • Select the Help menu option and then the option ‘Install New Software’
  • Click on the Add button on the right of the dialog box

This adds a new Eclipse repository, a collection of development components from Google especially compatible with Eclipse.

  • Enter a name that will make it easy to find as the a Google ADT repository, such as ‘ADT Plug-In’.

  • Enter the following location as the source of the repository
  • Select the ‘OK’ button so that the repository will be scanned. After reading, the following options will be available:

Developer Tools (node)

Android DDMS

Android Development Tools

Android Hierarchy Viewer

Android Traceview

Tracer for OpenGL ES

NDK Plugins

Android Native Development Tools

Here’s a brief explanation of what each one contains:

Android DDMSThe Dalvik Debug Monitor Server is a visual debugging tool

Android Hierarchy Viewer – A visual tool to drill down on application content or user interface.

Android Traceview- A graphical viewer for the execution logs created  by your applications. Traceview can be used for debugging an application and profiling its performance.

Android Development Tools. These include the plugin itself

Tracer for OpenGL ES. This is a graphical tool that helps developers understand low-level calls to graphical libraries.

Android Native Development Tools.  The NDK is a development package that allows more direct access to the underlying operating system that the standard Android SDK cannot access.

  • Check both nodes to select all items and then select the  ‘Next’  button to continue



  • The next screen is about the licenses that cover the development tools.  After reading the conditions for them, you may choose the option ‘I accept the terms of the license agreements’ on the right in order to accept all licenses at once

  • After selecting the ‘Finish’ button, installation will proceed.

While installing, you may find a dialog box like the following:

It is a warning alerting about unsigned content. You may click on ‘OK’ to allow the software to install.

  • If your Windows 7 firewall interrupts execution of the ADT plug-in with the following message

Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program

click on the ‘Allow access’ option and leave the first check box(‘private networks’) selected


  • After installation is finished, you will be required to restart Eclipse for the new components to become available

You may exit Eclipse right away as we still need to finish the Android SDK installation in the next step

After the ADT plugin for Eclipse is installed, it is necessary to identify and install the SDK components for the Android version you wish to target


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