Installing Android Studio IDE in Ubuntu – Hello World Application

Google I/O started yesterday, and Google released an early access preview version of Android Studio, a new IDE based on IntelliJ IDEA with drag-and-drop GUI layout editor, Gradle-based build system, Lint tools, the ability to preview how apps look on different screen sizes, and more. This may eventually replace the Eclipse + ADT Plugin combination currently used, so I’ve decided to give it a try in Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit, but it’s also available for Windows and Mac OS X.

First, head over to Android Studio Installation instructions, and download Android Studio for you operating system via your Browser (You’ll have to accept an EULA), then open a terminal to extract it:


Now let’s start Android Studio:

And I did press enter to continue, but Android Studio complained about JAVA_HOME no being defined. Let’s just install Sun Oracle JAVA JDK since this is the recommended method. I’ve used the  instructions provided on Mark Loiseau blog to do so.

Download the latest Sun Oracle Java JDK (now 7.21u) from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. For Ubuntu 64-bit, select jdk-7u21-linux-x64.tar.gz.

Let’s install, and configure the system to use the JAVA JDK


This should be it, let’s confirm we’re using the right version:


I also had to install some extra dependencies to workaround issues with adb when running the application:


Let’s start Android Studio again with ./studio.sh

Android_Studio

Success! If you already have project based on Eclipse, Google Provides instructions to migrate your Eclipse apps to Android Studio, but today, let’s just start a New Project.

Android_Studio_New_Project

You’ll just need to provide an application name (e.g. Hello_World), and change the Package Name (replace com.example by your own) to remove a warning, and click on Next. There are several options in the wizard, but I’ve just clicked on Next several times to complete the creation of the new project. The first time will take some time since Android Studio will download, install and configure Gradle build system.

Android_Studio_Gradle_Download

Now just open the “MainActivity” as shown below to see the source code.

Android_Studio_Project_Java

Edit the code as follows (Changes highlighted in green):


I’ll use the emulator for this hello world example, so we need to configure Android Studio to use it. Click on Run->Edit Configuration, select emulator, and create a Android Virtual Device by clicking on …  (e.g. Nexus 4), and click OK.

Android_Studio_Run_Configuration

Time to run the application by pressing the Run icon (green triangle) or pressing Shift+F10. Now be a little patient, and after a while, you should see “Hello, Android” displayed in the Emulator.
Android_Studio_Hello_World

Further information is available in Android Studio Tips and Tricks page.

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Tom Cubie
Tom Cubie
7 years ago

You are so fast 🙂 Tired after staying up night watching google i/o live.

curious_mind
curious_mind
7 years ago

hey nice article
i have try to install android studio on my machine ubuntu 10.10 but its giving me an error “no project to open” what to do???

hertkof
hertkof
7 years ago

Hi! very useful thanks but i have a ugly issue:
i got this erro:
ERROR: Cannot start Android Studio\nNo JDK found. Please validate either STUDIO_JDK, JDK_HOME or JAVA_HOME environment variable points to valid JDK installation.
when run studio.sh.
$ java -version
java version “1.7.0_19”
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (fedora-2.3.9.3.fc18-i386)
OpenJDK Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)
?!!
again thanks

emmanuel frecon
emmanuel frecon
7 years ago

You have to use oracle java.

SmilingSun
SmilingSun
7 years ago

When it comes to this step:”and create a Android Virtual Device by clicking on … (e.g. Nexus 4), and click OK.”

I clicked the … button, but nothing happens.

Can you tell me why? Thanks so much.

SmilingSun
SmilingSun
7 years ago

@SmilingSun

Problem solved.
It turned out to be that /opt/android-studio/sdk/tools/android does not have enough permission.
This message showed up at the status bar of the Android Studio.

EliteTech
EliteTech
7 years ago

@hertkof I had to remove openjdk. Be warned though this is remove LibreOffice if you use that software.

Kate
7 years ago

I am also not able to install iit in my android ubantu. I am not getting any error message. It just stops itself after some time of processing.

yuechuan
yuechuan
7 years ago

is there a way to turn on layout preview? I looked everywhere but couldn’t seem to find it

Anwar REKIK
Anwar REKIK
7 years ago

Hope that the fonts rendering is better then IntelliJ IDEA cause this last one has an ugly render…

Olliexz
7 years ago

This was such a great help and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have managed it without this.

However, I am quite a n00b here, my drop-down for the emulated device contains no devices. How do I import device spec files or whatever it is that I need?
Thanks

Olliexz
7 years ago

@Olliexz
Figured it out, just the little ellipsis next to the drop-down, creating and importing the phone and saving it. *Face-palm*

Now it keeps “Waiting for ADP” and it won’t load, I keep on clicking “Wait More” but to no avail.

Olliexz
7 years ago

Dude, you are a legend.

You have my Facebook “like” and my G+ “follow”.

Joe Hannon
Joe Hannon
7 years ago

@Tom Cubie
thanks for the tutorial, up and running – the missing dep’s had me scratching my head for a little bit

Androidzz
Androidzz
7 years ago

hello friend good day!

managed to install android studio thanks to your tutorial. But I was with a doubt over the shortcut icon.

How do I create a shortcut icon to put the slash in the ubuntu?

thank you.

akbar
akbar
7 years ago

@akbar
Gradle:
FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.
* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ‘:eds:processDebugResources’.
> Cannot run program “/usr/bin/android-studio/sdk/build-tools/android-4.2.2/aapt”: error=2, No such file or directory
* Try:
Run with –stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with –info or –debug option to get more log output.

Pavan Deshpande
Pavan Deshpande
7 years ago

Pavan @(pavanh)

Hi very nice tutorial , very detailed and explanatory and helpful for beginners

baocaixiong
7 years ago

tks!!

Rajeshwar
Rajeshwar
6 years ago

My build failed due to the following reason :

Gradle: Execution failed for task ‘:Hello_world:mergeDebugResources’.
> java.io.IOException: Cannot run program “/usr/share/applications/android-studio/sdk/build-tools/android-4.2.2/aapt”: error=13, Permission denied

can you help to resolve it

aje
aje
6 years ago

@hertkof

Hi I got similar error the first time I execute ./studio.sh after decompression.
How do you solve this problem? install sun/oracle java?

Fauzi
Fauzi
6 years ago

thanks bro 🙂

Jaqueline Nande
Jaqueline Nande
6 years ago

Hi! Nice tutorial :] Was so helpful :]

budi
5 years ago

I got error…Cannot launch SDK manager

hsejars
hsejars
5 years ago

I had 32-bit Oracle JDK6 installed in my 64-bit Ubuntu. While starting Android Studio, I got java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class sun.awt.DebugHelper

I solved this by installing the package libxtst6:i386
sudo apt-get install libxtst6:i386

lubis
5 years ago

Rajeshwar :
My build failed due to the following reason :
Gradle: Execution failed for task ‘:Hello_world:mergeDebugResources’.
> java.io.IOException: Cannot run program “/usr/share/applications/android-studio/sdk/build-tools/android-4.2.2/aapt”: error=13, Permission denied
can you help to resolve it

chmod +x /usr/bin/java

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