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Installing Android Development Tools plugin on Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)


Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)
Android 1.1 SDK r1

  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help | Software Updates...

  2. In the dialog that appears, click the Available Software tab.

  3. Click Add Site...

  4. Enter this as the location:
    Click OK.

  5. Back in the Available Software tab, you should see the plugin. Select the checkbox "Android Developer Tools", and "Android Editors" and click Install...

    Select ADT plugin

  6. On the subsequent Install window, "Android Developer Tools", and "Android Editors" should again both be checked and press the Next button. The Android Editors feature is optional, but recommended. If you choose to install it, you need the WST plugin. If you installed Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers (Ganymede), the WST plugin is already installed.

    Install ADT plugin

  7. Read and accept the license agreements and press the Finish button.

    ADT license

  8. Restart Eclipse.

  9. Select Window | Preferences to open the Preferences panel.

  10. Select Android on the left panel, read the message and click the Proceed button.

    Eclipse preferences

    Eclipse preferences

  11. Click the Browse button to locate the Android SDK directory.

    Select Android location

  12. Click Apply, then OK.