Howto Install and Run the Android Emulator
I am in the process of building some mobile apps for one of my clients, and while I'm pretty familiar with running the iPhone simulator and building iPhone apps, I'm pretty new to the Android development tools at this point. So I thought I would give a quick and easy guide for folks to follow, that might be interested in getting started with Android Development and running the Android Emulator.
I should mention that there is also an Eclipse Plugin for Android Development as well that you can use instead. Also, I'm using a Mac, but I think the steps should be pretty close if you are running Windows or Linux.
Step 1 - Download the Android SDK
Download the Android SDK, and unzip it somewhere. I placed the
android-sdk-mac_86 folder in my
/Applications/ folder, but you can put it wherever you want.
Step 2 - Optional Add to System Path
Since we are using the command line you might find it useful to add the
android-sdk-platform/tools folder to your system path so you can run the android commands from any folder.
Step 3 - Install Android Platforms
At this point, I tried running the
emulator command, but the SDK doesn't contain any Android Platforms, the Android platform is essentially Android OS, you need to install at least one version (eg 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, etc) to run the emulator.
To install platforms run the
android command located in the
tools folder of the SDK (use Terminal.app on a Mac, or the Command Prompt on Windows, Linux folks you know what to do :). This will pop up a window. Select Available Packages, pick some platform versions and install.
Step 4 - Create a Virtual Device
Still in the
android tool, click on Virtual Devices on the left, and then click New. Here's an example of the settings for the new device:
Once you create the avd file, it should show up in the listing of Android Virtual Devices:
Step 5 - Run the emulator
Now select the virtual device you just created and click Start on the right, and the emulator should start running:
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Howto Install and Run the Android Emulator was first published on August 20, 2010.
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