Installing Google Android SDK 1.0 On Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop - Page 2

3 Installing Google Android SDK 1.0

To download the Android SDK 1.0, go to, accept the license and click on Continue:

On the next page, select the Android SDK for Linux...

... and save it to your hard disk (e.g. on the desktop):

Now open a terminal again and go to the directory where you've saved the Android SDK and unzip it:

cd /home/falko/Desktop/

We don't need the zip file anymore, so we can delete it:

rm -f

We now have a directory called android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1. In my case it's on my desktop - I don't want it there, so I move it to my home directory (you can as well leave it where it is):

mv android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1/ ~

The android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1 directory contains a subdirectory called tools (/home/falko/android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1/tools in my case). We must now open ~/.bashrc and add the following line to it so that android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1/tools is in our PATH:

gedit ~/.bashrc

export PATH=${PATH}:/home/falko/android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1/tools

Next, we must install the Android Eclipse plugin. In Eclipse, go to Help > Software Updates...:

Go to the Available Software tab and click on Add Site...:

The Add Site window opens. Fill in and click on OK:

Back on the Available Software tab, select Developer Tools (this should automatically check Android Development Tools and Android Editors) and click on Install...:

In the Install window, make sure that both Android Development Tools and Android Editors are checked, and click on Next >:

Click on Finish next:

The plugins are now being installed:

Eclipse must be restarted for the changes to take effect, so when you are asked if you want to restart Eclipse after the installation, you should select Yes:

After Eclipse has started again, we must update our Eclipse preferences to point to the Android SDK directory. Go to Window > Preferences:

If you see this message, click on OK and forget it:

Click on Browse...

... and select the Android SDK directory (/home/falko/android-sdk-linux_x86-1.0_r1 in my case):

Back in the Preferences window, click on Apply and then OK:

That's it, you can now use the Android SDK to create your own Android applications.

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

Thanks for such a detailed step by step info.

Just one correction:

In my case

did not work. So i tried


By: R.Karthikeyan





are not working it is telling no repository found

any body can help in that issue ???

thanks in advance



By: Anonymous

try : 

this worked for me on ubuntu 8.10 / Java 6 / Eclipse Ganymede

By: vinod

i followed all the instructions thoroughly.but i am getting android ddms and android development tools for installing instead of android editors and android development editors is replaced with android ddms. please help me regarding this.

By: droidcoder
By: s. das

Sunday, 08/23/2009

 Many thanks for the wonderfully detailed and accurate step-by-step process (with visual aids) listed by you. Just used it to succesfully install SDK1.5 on Ubuntu 9.04 almost without a hitch! ... the one hitch being I initially used Eclipse Galileo (3.5) instead of Ganymede (3.4).  When it would load my Android DTs even with a local archive, I back tracked, downloaded Ganymede and it worked like a charm.  Again many thanks.

 P.S.  Maybe your instructions can be converted to one single PDF file ... yes?

By: cutiyar

in the step : help >> install new software and i lost the internet connection in this step

,so it give the error


how to install it? 

i did the step again but repeated this error.

By: Anonymous

Now android can running using virtualBox