Setting Up An Android App Build Environment With Eclipse, Android SDK, PhoneGap (Fedora 14) - Page 3

5 Installing PhoneGap

To install PhoneGap, open Firefox and go to Click on the Downloads button:

Select Download .tar.gz from the overlay that comes up:

In the Firefox download dialogue, please choose Save File:

After the download has finished, go to the directory where the download has been saved (e.g. ~/Downloads/):

cd ~/Downloads/

Take a look at the directory's contents to learn how the PhoneGap download is named:

ls -l
[falko@localhost Downloads]$ ls -l
total 11188
-rw-rw-r-- 1 falko falko 11452589 Jan 26 15:40 phonegap-phonegap-android-0.9.3-24-g9354b42.tar.gz
[falko@localhost Downloads]$

As you see, in my case it is named phonegap-phonegap-android-0.9.3-24-g9354b42.tar.gz. Now lets uncompress the file:

tar xvfz phonegap-phonegap-android-0.9.3-24-g9354b42.tar.gz

In my case this creates the directory phonegap-phonegap-android-9354b42 inside the Downloads directory. I want to move that directory to my home directory and rename it to phonegap-phonegap-android:

mv phonegap-phonegap-android-9354b42 ~/phonegap-phonegap-android

We must add the bin directory inside $HOME/phonegap-phonegap-android to our PATH variable, therefore we edit ~/.bash_profile again:

cd ~
gedit ~/.bash_profile

Replace the previously modified PATH variable with this one:


To make the change effective, run:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:$HOME/android-sdk-linux_86/tools:$HOME/android-sdk-linux_86/platform-tools:$HOME/phonegap-phonegap-android/bin

Now we are finished with setting up our Android development environment; finally we can start doing things with it!


6 Starting An Android Emulator

The Android SDK comes with an emulator so that you can test your apps in the emulator instead of on a real Android device. To create an emulator, we first need to know which Android versions (targets) are available:

android list targets
[falko@localhost ~]$ android list targets
Available Android targets:
id: 1 or "android-3"
     Name: Android 1.5
     Type: Platform
     API level: 3
     Revision: 4
     Skins: HVGA-L, HVGA-P, QVGA-P, HVGA (default), QVGA-L
id: 2 or "android-4"
     Name: Android 1.6
     Type: Platform
     API level: 4
     Revision: 3
     Skins: QVGA, WVGA854, WVGA800, HVGA (default)
id: 3 or "android-7"
     Name: Android 2.1-update1
     Type: Platform
     API level: 7
     Revision: 2
     Skins: QVGA, WQVGA400, WQVGA432, WVGA854, WVGA800, HVGA (default)
id: 4 or "android-8"
     Name: Android 2.2
     Type: Platform
     API level: 8
     Revision: 2
     Skins: QVGA, WQVGA400, WQVGA432, WVGA854, WVGA800, HVGA (default)
id: 5 or "android-9"
     Name: Android 2.3
     Type: Platform
     API level: 9
     Revision: 1
     Skins: QVGA, WQVGA400, WQVGA432, WVGA854, WVGA800, HVGA (default)
[falko@localhost ~]$

I will now create an emulator called mySim for Android 2.2 (id 4 or android-8):

android create avd -n mySim -t android-8

(The emulator for Android 2.3 seems to be buggy; the apps I built for 2.3 crashed immediately after starting them, while they run fine on 2.2; therefore I use Android 2.2 here.)

[falko@localhost ~]$ android create avd -n mySim -t android-8
Android 2.2 is a basic Android platform.
Do you wish to create a custom hardware profile [no]
Created AVD 'mySim' based on Android 2.2,
with the following hardware config:
[falko@localhost ~]$

To start the emulator, run:

emulator -avd mySim

It can take a few minutes until the emulator is up and running, but then it should look as follows:

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