Setting up Android SDK Development Environment

  1. Download the Android SDK bundle from:
    http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download
    I have downloaded the 32-bit Windows version, however it shouldn't differ very much between other OS'es or 64bit editions.
  2. Extract the files to some folder, ex:
    C:/SDK/android/
    So that you would have eclipse and SDK folder under android
  3. Go to eclipse sub-folder and run eclipse.exe If eclipse runs, go to step 4, else:
    1. You probably got an error like:
      JDK Not Found Error
    2. You need to download latest JDK from Oracle:
      http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
      If you previously downloaded 32bit version of the SDK, you should also download the x86 version of JDK, vice versa for x64.
    3. After installation add java binaries folder to your path, typically they are located at:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.7.0_25\bin
    4. Try running eclipse.exe again, this time the IDE should load.
  4. Fire up SDK Manager which is located next to eclipse and SDK folders.
    And install the updates and API's you would like to use.
  5. We're done, enjoy!