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Getting started

jberkel edited this page Apr 29, 2013 · 14 revisions

Getting started

The basic requirements are obviously sbt (0.12.0+) and the Android SDK (brew install sbt android-sdk when using homebrew on OSX).

Using a giter8 template is the easiest way to create a new project that uses the plugin. If you don't have giter8 installed:

$ curl | sh
$ ~/bin/cs n8han/giter8

Now create a new project with one of the Android templates:

$ ~/bin/g8 jberkel/android-app  # append '--branch snapshot' to use the snapshot version  

This will prompt you to customize a few values (press enter to accept defaults), then create the project structure and all needed files plus skeleton tests, specs and activities.

Then, to build the Android package:

$ cd <your app name>
$ export ANDROID_HOME=/path/to/sdk # or ANDROID_SDK_{HOME,ROOT}
$ sbt 'gen-idea no-classifiers' compile # to generate IntelliJ specific configuration
$ sbt # enter sbt's interactive mode

> android:package-debug

Start an emulator (if not already running)

> android:emulator-start <my_avd>  # use <tab> to get a list of avds

To install and start the main activity in the Android Emulator

> android:start-emulator

To build a signed package for release into the Marketplace:

> android:prepare-market

Launching the emulator from sbt

A developer can now fire up the Android Emulator from the sbt terminal (hint: you can get a list of all avds with tab completion)

> android:emulator-start <my_avd>

To list all devices or emulators

> android:list-devices

To stop the emulator:

> android:emulator-stop

Add plugin to an existing project

Add the following to project/plugins.sbt:

Released version

resolvers += Resolver.url("scalasbt releases", new URL(""))(Resolver.ivyStylePatterns)

addSbtPlugin("org.scala-sbt" % "sbt-android-plugin" % "0.6.2") 

Snapshot version

resolvers += Resolver.url("scalasbt snapshots", new URL(""))(Resolver.ivyStylePatterns)

addSbtPlugin("org.scala-sbt" % "sbt-android-plugin" % "0.6.3-20130429-SNAPSHOT") 

Additional configuration for IntelliJ IDEA (tested on 11.1.1)

Create initial IDEA config files (using

$ sbt 'gen-idea no-classifiers'

Then you need to remove the first content root of the test module: (not sure why this gets added)

Then you need to adjust the android facet settings:

Eventually it should look like this:

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