Android SDK Setup - Mac OS X


Please note most of the images from this section are borrowed from the windows version of the tutorial. The only major difference in them is the style of title bar. It is only in the cases where the Mac versions of the aplications have a different program flow than the Windows versions that their images will be supplied, so please do not be alarmed if your screens look slightly different.


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  1. Install Java (Obtained via Apple's software updater)

  2. Install Eclipse IDE (Galileo) for Java Developers from

Installation of SDK

  1. Download and Extract the Android SDK from
    (In this example, I extract the SDK to “~/android-sdk-mac_86” ("/Users/alexbauer/android-sdk-mac_86") Please substitute this to wherever you have extracted your SDK)

    Note: You can download and install the packages from Google, but the SDK downloader tool is a little buggy and can cause a few issues, as a result, all packages are prepackaged here. You must still accept their licenses to be used.

Setting up an Android Virtual Device (AVD)

  1. Open a Terminal and Navigate to the Tools Folder in the Android SDK Directory (I had placed this in ~/android-sdk-mac_86)

  2. Enter the Command “./android” to Start the AVD manager
  3. Go to Virtual Devices and Click “New”
  4. Specify the Name of the Device, the version of Android it will emulate and then click “Create AVD”

  5. Once you are back in the main window highlight the AVD you created and click “Start...” to test your AVD
  6. Then click "Launch"
  7. Congratulations! You are now emulating an Android phone.
  8. You may now exit the emulator and the SDK Setup.

Setting up Eclipse

  1. Select your workspace.

  2. Select Help, Then click on Install new software.

  3. Click Add

  4. In the name field, Type “Android Plugin”, in the location field, type

  5. Eclipse will then show a pending status as it downloads package information.

  6. Select the check box next to Developer Tools and click next.

  7. Click Next

  8. Accept the Licenses and click finish

  9. Eclipse will download and install the packages.

  10. The ADT Plugin is unsigned, if you receive this message, click OK to continue.

  11. Allow Eclipse to Restart

  12. Select Eclipse next to the APPLE, then click on Preferences

  13. Select Android on the left hand side of the tree, on the right, click on browse to find the folder where we extracted the SDK earlier, in this case, “ /Users/alexbauer/android-sdk-mac86”, then click on OK.

Note: In order to use the SDK you must agree to the Licenses that it comes with, each component has several licenses that need to be accepted to be used and you may be presented with them throughout various stages of the installation. Also, the list of Targets will not appear until after you click OK or apply for the first time.

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