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Android SDK is a software development kit, that enables apps developers to create applications/games for the Android platform. Sample projects are included in Android Software Development Kit with source code. The SDK also includes, development tools, an emulator, and required libraries to build Android applications. Applications can be written by using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use which runs on top of a Linux kernel.

System Requirements for Android SDK Installation

  • Windows XP (32-bit), Vista (32- or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (x86 only)
  • Linux (tested on Ubuntu Linux, Lucid Lynx)
    • GNU C Library (glibc) 2.7 or later is required.
    • On Ubuntu Linux, version 8.04 or later is required.
    • 64-bit distributions must be capable of running 32-bit applications.

Eclipse IDE

  • Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) or greater
    Note: Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo) is no longer supported with the latest version of ADT.
  • Eclipse JDT plugin (included in most Eclipse IDE packages)
  • Several types of Eclipse packages are available for each platform. For developing Android applications, we recommend that you install one of these packages:
    • Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
    • Eclipse Classic
    • Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
  • JDK 5 or JDK 6 (JRE alone is not sufficient)
  • Android Development Tools plugin (recommended)

Note: If JDK is already installed on your development computer, please take a moment to make sure that it meets the version requirements listed above. In particular, note that some Linux distributions may include JDK 1.4 or Gnu Compiler for Java, both of which are not supported for Android development.

2- Recommended Hardware Requirements for Android SDK

- Minimum 2 GBs of RAM
- Intel Core2Due or equel Processor for x86 Architechure
- 4 GB Hard Disk Space


Android SDK Installation Video
Downloading & Installing the Android SDK
Platform Package Size
Windows 29562413 bytes
installer_r16-windows.exe (Recommended) 29561554 bytes
Mac OS X (intel) 26158334 bytes
Linux (i386) android-sdk_r16-linux.tgz 22048174 bytes
  • Prepare your development computer and ensure it meets the system requirements.
  • Install the SDK starter package from the Download Section. (If you're on Windows, download the installer for help with the initial setup.)
  • Install the ADT Plugin for Eclipse (if you'll be developing in Eclipse).
  • Add Android platforms and other components to your SDK.
  • Explore the contents of the Android SDK (optional).
  • SDK Tools is a downloadable component for the Android SDK. It includes the complete set of development and debugging tools for the Android SDK.
  • Android Development Tools (ADT) is a plugin for the Eclipse IDE that is designed to give you a powerful, integrated environment in which to build Android applications.
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