This tutorial will help you in making your system ready for Android Application Development. The first and foremost thing is to get the proper software installed. The recommended and official Integrated development environment(IDE) for android development is Android Studio. But before you get to installing Android Studio on your systems you have to make sure that the latest JAVA Development Kit(JDK) is present in your systems.
Step 1: Getting the JDK
To first check if your system already has the required JDK open terminal and type:
Make sure that it shows:-
javac 1.6 or above.
If it is then move to the next step. If not then you require a version of JDK 6 or above which can be downloaded from the following link:
Download the latest JAVA SE Development kit
.dmg file from the above link. To install the JDK Open the
.dmg file and click on icon to start the installer.
Follow the instructions of the installer.
Once done we are now ready to install Android Studio. Just to make sure that everything went well go to terminal again and type javac -version . It should now show javac 1.x where x should be greater than or equal to 6.
Step 2: Getting Android Studio
Download the latest version of Android Studio from the following link:
Read and agree the terms and conditions on the next page to download the
After downloading the
.dmg file, open it. Then drag the Android Studio icon to the Applications folder.This will copy the Android Studio app to the launchpad.
Once the Android Studio.app is copied to the launchpad, open the launchpad and click on the Android Studio Icon to open Android Studio and complete the installation by following the setup wizard to install any necessary SDK tools.
Step 3: Setting up Android Studio
To properly set up Android Studio you need to get some of the SDK tools. Go to the configure menu.
Open the SDK Manager.
From the list of various SDK Platforms download at least one of them. Best to download the latest version of Android.
Next you need to download some of the essential SDK tools. You can refer the screenshot to know which all SDK tools are essential. Other SDK tools can be downloaded from the SDK manager as and when needed.
After everything is downloaded you are all set up and can start developing amazing Android apps.
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