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Android offers a custom plugin for the Eclipse IDE, called Android Development Tools (ADT), that is designed to give you a powerful, integrated environment in which to build Android applications.
ADT extends the capabilites of Eclipse to let you quickly set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add components based on the Android Framework API, debug your applications using the Android SDK tools, and even export signed (or unsigned) APKs in order to distribute your application.
In general, using Eclipse with ADT is a highly recommended approach to Android development and is the fastest way to get started. If you use Eclipse, the ADT plugin gives you an incredible boost in developing Android applications.
To install and update the ADT Plugin, you can take advantage of the Eclipse remote update feature. By setting up a remote update site, you can easily download, install, and check for ADT updates. Alternatively, you can download the latest ADT to your development computer as a local site archive. The sections below provide instructions for both methods.
Before you begin, take a moment to confirm that your development machine meets the System Requirements.
If you will be developing in Eclipse with the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin — the recommended path if you are new to Android — make sure that you have a suitable version of Eclipse installed on your computer (3.4 or newer is recommended). If you need to install Eclipse, you can download it from this location:
A Java or RCP version of Eclipse is recommended.
Once you have the Eclipse IDE installed, as described in Preparing for Installation, above, follow these steps to download the ADT plugin and install it in your respective Eclipse environment.
Note: If you have trouble aqcuiring the plugin, try using "https" in the Location URL, instead of "https" (https is preferred for security reasons).
In the "Location" field, enter this URL:
Note: If you have trouble aqcuiring the plugin, you can try using "https" in the URL, instead of "https" (https is preferred for security reasons).
Now modify your Eclipse preferences to point to the Android SDK directory:
Done! If you haven't encountered any problems, then you're ready to begin developing Android applications.
If you are having trouble downloading the ADT plugin after following the steps above, here are some suggestions:
If you are still unable to use Eclipse to download the ADT plugin as a remote update site, you can download the ADT zip file to your local machine and manually install it:
To update your plugin once you've installed using the zip file, you will have to follow these steps again instead of the default update instructions.
Note that there are features of ADT that require some optional Eclipse components (for example, WST). If you encounter an error when installing ADT, your Eclipse installion might not include these components. For information about how to quickly add the necessary components to your Eclipse installation, see the troubleshooting topic ADT Installation Error: "requires plug-in org.eclipse.wst.sse.ui".
If you encounter this error when installing the ADT Plugin for Eclipse:
An error occurred during provisioning.
Cannot connect to keystore.
...then your development machine lacks a suitable Java VM. Installing Sun Java 6 will resolve this issue and you can then reinstall the ADT Plugin.
From time to time, a new version of the ADT Plugin becomes available. Follow the steps below to check whether an update is available and, if so, to install it. For information about new features in ADT, see the ADT Plugin Notes document.
If the Available Updates dialog does not list Android DDMS and Android Development tools, make sure that you have set up a remote update site for them, as described in Installing the ADT Plugin.
If you encounter problems during the update of ADT, you can try removing the existing ADT plugin and then performing a fresh installation. To remove the plugin, follow the instructions in Uninstalling the ADT Plugin, below. To reinstall the plugin, follow the instructions in Installing the ADT Plugin, above.
If you encounter problems when installing or updating ADT, you can try removing the existing ADT plugin and then performing a fresh installation. To remove ADT, follow these steps:
(Do not uninstall "Android Development Tools".)