Getting Started

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So, I am back again. I had thought of starting the app development from this post, but I think an important matter still remains to discuss. The software that one needs to use for the purpose!

Well! A lot of stuff needs to be installed to be able to start the development. Let’s go through each of them one-by-one.

Java JDK

It is required to be able to write and compile Java applications. Follow these steps to install it.

Eclipse IDE

It is the Integrated Development Environment (a software used to edit, compile and run the apps) which we will use to write Android applications. Here are the steps:

Android SDK
It is the software package which contains Android libraries, emulators and all the related stuff that one needs to make Android applications:
  • Go to
  • Download the latest version of Windows Installer (.exe file)
  • Set your browser at no proxy (since the Android SDK  does not have the option for proxy authentication)
  • Run the above downloaded .exe file and let it download the required components

ADT Plugin

It is required to link Android SDK with Eclipse IDE. Go to and follow the instructions to install ADT plugin.

After installing the above four software packages, you are ready to start!

Now, you can start familiarizing yourself with the Eclipse IDE and Android SDK.Just try out the various options and understand how to make new project, include libraries, etc.

I hope that this proves to be a helpful guide for all those who face a lot of difficulty in setting up this development environment. Please provide your feedback and suggestions if any.

I will start with the coding assignments soon. In the next post, we will familiarize ourselves with various features of Eclipse IDE and Android SDK and will go on to make our first “Hello World” Application in Android.

See you then!


PS: For all those who have been able to set up the environment, please comment so that I can have an idea of the number of people who are going to follow my blog and make some really cool android applications.

16 thoughts on “Getting Started

    Shreyan said:
    May 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm


    Rishabh said:
    May 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    can u suggest which version of eclipse should we use for android development as Classic or EE or…
    Thanx in advance

      Nikhil Gupta responded:
      May 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

      You can use both Classic as well as EE. If you would use it to make only android apps, then, Classic will be sufficient.

        Rishabh said:
        May 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm


    Varsha said:
    May 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I have problem installing ADT.
    in help, I gave the link to the repository as given in the tutorial..I found developer tools and i clicked on next ,then a window opened up which checked for various repositories
    but finally i got an error message saying: some sites could not be found and contacting software sites has encountered a problem
    I had chosen the following location for android sdk
    c:\program Files(x86)\android\android-sdk

      Nikhil Gupta responded:
      May 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Replace Program Files (x86) with PROGRA~2 (remember in CAPS) in the text that comes after u browse to the location and select the Android-Sdk. Hope it helps!

        Varsha said:
        May 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm


    Vipul said:
    May 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I am not getting the two additional icons (one as a link to Android SDK manager and other to AVD manager) in my eclipse even after installing java JDK successfully.

      Nikhil Gupta responded:
      May 19, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Have you configured ADT plugin properly as per the tutorial?

    Vipul said:
    May 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I was having the same problem as Varsha’s, but now its done..!

    Anurag said:
    August 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’m getting the following error while installing ADT Plugin:

    Cannot complete the install because one or more required items could not be found.
    Software being installed: Android Native Development Tools 20.0.2.v201207191942-407447 ( 20.0.2.v201207191942-407447)

    Missing requirement: Android Native Development Tools 20.0.2.v201207191942-407447 ( 20.0.2.v201207191942-407447) requires ‘ 0.0.0’ but it could not be found

      Nikhil Gupta responded:
      August 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Try downloading it offline. If it doesn’t work, use a 32 bit version of the softwares.

      srujan said:
      September 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Set your browser at no proxy(Default). And run eclipse as administrator.

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