By , last updated February 20, 2010

Step by step guide on how to prepare your Windows computer for Android development.

  1. Highest supported version of Eclipse at the time of writing is 3.5. Download and extract some version of Eclipse.
  2. Start up Eclipse and decide where you want your workspace.
  3. Download and install the latest JDK.
  4. Make sure your Eclipse installation contains the JDT plugin.
  5. Install the Android Development Tools plugin (section copied from
    1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
    2. In the Available Software dialog, click Add….
    3. In the Add Site dialog that appears, enter a name for the remote site (for example, “Android Plugin”) in the “Name” field.In the “Location” field, enter this URL:

      Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, you can try using “http” in the URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).

      Click OK.

    4. Back in the Available Software view, you should now see “Developer Tools” added to the list. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools, which will automatically select the nested tools Android DDMS and Android Development Tools. Click Next.
    5. In the resulting Install Details dialog, the Android DDMS and Android Development Tools features are listed. Click Next to read and accept the license agreement and install any dependencies, then click Finish.
    6. Restart Eclipse.
  6. Download and extract the Android SDK.
  7. Set up ADT in Eclipse with the Android SDK.
    1. Go to menu Window -> Preferences.
  8. Install available packages for Android Development.
    1. Window -> Android SDK and AVD manager.
    2. Go to available packages and check the checkbox.

      Click “Install selected”.

    3. Wait for everything to be downloaded.

  9. Restart Eclipse again.
  10. Done! You can now start developing Android applications!
  11. Open up Android SDK and AVD Manager.
    1. Create a new virtual device.


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