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Installing Android Studio IDE in Ubuntu – Hello World Application

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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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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

  1. May 16th, 2013 at 12:18 | #1

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

  2. May 16th, 2013 at 13:21 | #2

    @Tom Cubie
    I did not stay up all night, so this morning I had the energy to try it, and it went relatively smoothly. 🙂

  3. curious_mind
    May 16th, 2013 at 13:49 | #3

    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???

  4. hertkof
    May 16th, 2013 at 16:42 | #4

    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-
    OpenJDK Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)
    again thanks

  5. May 16th, 2013 at 20:33 | #5

    Do you get that when you create a new project?

    Maybe you just need to set STUDIO_JDK, JDK_HOME and JAVA_HOME environment variables.

  6. emmanuel frecon
    May 16th, 2013 at 20:57 | #6

    You have to use oracle java.

  7. May 16th, 2013 at 22:23 | #7

    @emmanuel frecon
    Yes, you’re right. Sun got bought by Oracle a while ago. I’ll change the name.

  8. SmilingSun
    May 17th, 2013 at 00:56 | #8

    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.

  9. SmilingSun
    May 17th, 2013 at 01:09 | #9


    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.

  10. EliteTech
    May 17th, 2013 at 08:37 | #10

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

  11. May 17th, 2013 at 14:23 | #11

    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.

  12. yuechuan
    May 17th, 2013 at 21:03 | #12

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

  13. May 17th, 2013 at 21:23 | #13

    Just open a layout file, and the previewer will open automatically.

  14. Anwar REKIK
    May 18th, 2013 at 03:41 | #14

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

  15. May 20th, 2013 at 03:22 | #15

    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?

  16. May 20th, 2013 at 03:35 | #16

    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.

  17. May 20th, 2013 at 09:25 | #17

    I had the same problem, but installing the necessary packages
    apt-get install lib32ncurses5 ia32-libs

    fixed the issue. If it does not work, you need to check the messages in the terminal where you’re running ./studio.sh to look for clues.

  18. Olliexz
    May 20th, 2013 at 16:36 | #18


    Dude, you are a legend.

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

  19. Joe Hannon
    May 30th, 2013 at 22:13 | #19

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

  20. Androidzz
    June 19th, 2013 at 18:05 | #20

    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.

  21. June 19th, 2013 at 19:32 | #21

    Just like any shortcut you would create in Ubuntu. Create a shortcut to studio.sh.

  22. akbar
    June 20th, 2013 at 20:23 | #22

    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.

  23. June 25th, 2013 at 12:08 | #23

    Pavan @(pavanh)

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

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  25. Rajeshwar
    October 1st, 2013 at 15:03 | #25

    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

  26. aje
    December 29th, 2013 at 14:49 | #26


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

  27. May 2nd, 2014 at 23:32 | #27

    thanks bro 🙂

  28. Jaqueline Nande
    June 16th, 2014 at 06:00 | #28

    Hi! Nice tutorial :] Was so helpful :]

  29. October 31st, 2014 at 17:39 | #29

    I got error…Cannot launch SDK manager

  30. hsejars
    January 26th, 2015 at 17:48 | #30

    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

  31. April 28th, 2015 at 08:14 | #31

    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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