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Installing Android Studio

Jakob Jenkov
Last update: 2014-10-27

Before you can develop Android apps you need to install an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which helps you develop the Android apps. Google provides two:

  • Android Studio
  • Eclipse

Android Studio is the new Android IDE and it will be the IDE of choice in the future. Therefore I recommend that you start with Android Studio, even if it is still in beta (at the time of writing).

Eclipse was the previously used IDE. It still works well, but Google does not push out anymore updates to it (as far as I know).

Download Android Studio

Before you can install Android Studio you need to download it. To download Android Studio, go to Android tools page:

http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

On this page you will see links to both Eclipse ADT and Android Studio. Click on the link that says "Get Android Studio Beta". Clicking this link will take you to a page that describes what Android Studio is, and which contains a download link (button). Click the download link, accept the "Terms and Conditions" agreement, and the download will start. Save the file somewhere on your hard drive which makes sense to you.

Install Android Studio

When the Android Studio install file is fully downloaded, open it to install Android Studio. On Windows you do that by double clicking the file.

Once the Android Studio installation is running, just follow all of its instructions. It should be a reasonably easy process.

Jakob Jenkov




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