How to Set Up an Android Development Environment
If you'd like to contribute to the Android project, but do not currently have a development environment setup, follow the instructions in this guide.
If you downloaded Android Studio, extract it and then see Setting up Android Studio.
Setting up Android Studio
- Launch Android Studio, which will start a first-launch wizard.
- Choose a custom installation.
- If offered a choice of themes, select your preference.
- When offered a choice of components, uncheck the "Android Virtual Device" option.
- Accept all licenses, and click Finish. Android Studio will download the SDK Tools package automatically. (Ubuntu users, if you get an error running the
mksdcardtool, make sure the
lib32stdc++6package is installed.)
- At the Android Studio welcome screen, click "Configure", then "SDK Manager".
- Use the SDK Manager to get necessary dependencies, as described in Getting Dependencies.
- When done, follow the steps in Readme.md to compile and deploy the application.
Executing Gradle Tasks
In Android Studio, you can find a list of possible Gradle tasks in a tray at the top right of the screen:
Double clicking any of these tasks will execute it, and also add it to a short list in the main toolbar:
Clicking the green triangle next to this list will execute the currently selected task.
For command-line users, any task may be executed with
Most dependencies for the Android project are supplied by Gradle automatically. However, Android platform libraries (and a few Google-supplied supplementary libraries) must be downloaded through the Android package manager.
- Launch the Android SDK Manager by clicking on its icon in Android Studio's main toolbar:
- Install or update the SDK Platform. Choose the API level selected as compileSdkVersion.
- Install or update the SDK Tools. CMake, LLDB and NDK. If you don't use android-studio, please check out https://github.com/Commit451/android-cmake-installer.
In the future, if the project targets a newer version of Android, or use newer versions of the tools/build-tools packages, it will be necessary to use this tool to download updates.