Gradle and Intellij IDEA

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You just generated your libgdx project, now it's time to start developing its guts in Intellij IDEA or Android Studio (Android Studio is built on Intellij IDEA)! Before you can import your project into Intellij or Android Studio, make sure you setup your development environment!

At the end of this section you will find a list of common issues with possible solutions to them.

Importing Your Project

Go to Import Project, navigate to your project folder and select the build.gradle file. Hit OK. In the next dialog, uncheck Create separate module per source set and hit OK again. A final window will appear asking which modules to import, leave everything checked and click OK. It will now import your project. This can take a while on the first time, as it downloads the Gradle wrapper and some dependencies.

Running Your Project

  • Desktop: Run -> Edit Configurations..., click the plus (+) button and select Application. Set the Name to Desktop. Set the field Use classpath of module to desktop, then click on the button of the Main class field and select the DesktopLauncher class. Set the Working directory to your android/assets/ (or your_project_path/core/assets/) folder! Click Apply and then OK. You have now created a run configuration for your desktop project. You can now select the configuration and run it.
  • Android: A configuration for the Android project should be automatically created on project import. As such, you only have to select the configuration and run it!
  • BlackBerry 10: You need to have the BlackBerry Android plugin installed ( You also need a BlackBerry ID signing token, which you can get by following these steps. Right click the project and under BlackBerry Tools -> Start ADB Proxy Manager. In there you can click the play button on your device. After it says "Running at port #49570" the device will show up in the ADB devices list and you can run it just like a real Android device.
  • iOS: Before you can run on iOS you need to install the RoboVM IntelliJ IDEA plugin or Intel Multi-OS Engine. Run -> Edit Configurations..., click the plus (+) button and select RoboVM iOS. Set the Name to iOS. The Module should be set to ios if not already done. To run on the simulator select Simulator as radio button and select a Device. Click Apply and Run If you run on a device, you need to provision it to be able to deploy to it!

  • HTML: View -> Tool Window -> Terminal, in the terminal, make sure you are in the root folder of your project. Then execute gradlew.bat html:superDev (Windows) or ./gradlew html:superDev (Linux, Mac OS X). This will take a while, as your Java code is compiled to Javascript. Once you see the message The code server is ready, fire up your browser and go to http://localhost:8080/html. This is your app running in the browser! When you change any of your Java code or assets, just click the SuperDev refresh button while you are on the site and the server will recompile your code and reload the page! To kill the process, simply press CTRL + C in the terminal window.

    IMPORTANT The port 9876 is used when doing normal GWT development. Therefore, trying to access the game in any other way than using the port 8080 will not launch your project.

Once this bug in the Gradle tooling API is fixed, we can simplify running the HTML5 by using the Gradle integration. At the moment, the Gradle process will run forever even if canceled.

Debugging Your Project

Follow the steps for running the project, but instead of launching via the run (Play) button, launch your configuration via the debug (bug) button. Debugging the HTML5 project is a bit more involved.

Run the superDev Gradle task as before. Go to http://localhost:8080/html, click on the SuperDev Refresh button and hit Compile. In Chrome, press F12 to bring up the developer tools, go to the sources tab and find the Java file you want to debug. Set breakpoints, step and inspect variables using the power of source maps!

Packaging your Project

It's easiest to package your application from the command line, or using the Gradle task within Intellij IDEA. To see the relevant Gradle tasks, check the Gradle command line documentation.

Common Problems

PSI and index do not match

PSI and index do not match on Android Studio. In Android studio, click File->Invalidate Caches / restart...

missing validation-api:1.0.0.GA artifact

If you run into problems due to a missing validation-api:1.0.0.GA artifact, delete your Maven cache at C:\Users\username\.m2 or /Users/username/.m2 or /home/username/.m2.

Unsupported major.minor version 51.0

Unsupported major.minor version 51.0 may occur on Mac OS X. If this is your first project using Intellij IDEA, make sure to define your JDK at the global level: see this help page to do so, or alternatively from the welcome screen go to Configure -> Project Defaults -> Project Structure then add your JDK in Platform Settings -> SDKs. Otherwise, check out this article by Serapth detailing other possible causes and fixes for this issue (just be warned that it is not recommended to edit Intellij's Info.plist, as the app is digitally signed).

"Error:org.gradle.tooling.GradleConnectionException: Could not execute build using Gradle installation"

If you run into "Error:org.gradle.tooling.GradleConnectionException: Could not execute build using Gradle installation" check project structure ( Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S ) and add your Java JDK to the Project SDK.