Installing the Android SDK on OS X

Android is becoming more and popular amongst developers, the purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to install the Android SDK on your Mac – for this tutorial, I am running OS X and will be installing it in the Eclipse IDE (don’t worry, we’ll walk through all the steps, including obtaining the IDE).

Part One: Downloading

1. Firstly, we need to actually download the SDK along with the IDE that we’ll be using, to do this go to:

Download Eclipse Classic
Download the Android SDK

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2. Now, once you’ve downloaded both the SDK and IDE, extract both the ZIPs and move the Eclipse folder to your Applications folder.

3. Now, extract the Android SDK and move the new folder into the Eclipse folder.

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Part Two: Installing

1. Now we’re going to install the SDK, open up from within the Eclipse folder and go to Help – New Software.

2. Next, click on Add from the top right corner from within the new dialogue.

3. Once you’re prompted to, add the following details:

Name: Android SDK

Click OK.

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4. Once you click OK, check Developer Tools from the next window and press Next and then agree the license agreements and click Finish

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5. Once you’ve completed the installation, you’ll be promoted to restart Eclipse, click Restart Now.

Part Three: Configuring the SDK

1. Now, after you’ve just restarted Eclipse, go to Preferences at Eclipse – Preferences.

2. In the left column, select Android and then click the Browse button next to the SDK location and change it to the location of the folder we extracted at the start and placed within the Eclipse folder in Applications.

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3. Now, if you go to New – Project, you’ll be able to select Android project and create Android apps!

There we have it, not quite as simple as Xcode but nonetheless, a rather straightforward process.

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