To start developing Android Applications, you need to download the SDK (Software Development Kit). At the moment, the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Android is Eclipse. Below is a step-by-step installation guide to get you ready to start developing.
- Download the newest Android SDK from the Google Android Page.
- Download Eclipse Classic Ganymede from the Eclipse website. (To run Eclipse, you also need to have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed)
- After downloading the SDK unpack the archive to a folder on your computer.
- Do the same for Eclipse
- To install the ADT (Android Development Tools) plugin for Eclipse, startup Eclipse and select Help > Software Updates….
- In the dialog that appears, click the Available Software tab.
- Click Add Site…
- Enter https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/ (if you are getting an error about the site not responding, change https into http.
- Back in the Available Software view, you should see the plugin. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Install…
- On the subsequent Install window, “Android Developer Tools”, and “Android Editors” should both be checked. The Android Editors feature is optional, but recommended. If you choose to install it, you need the WST plugin mentioned earlier in this page.
- Restart Eclipse
- After restart: Select Window > Preferences… to open the Preferences panel.
- Select Android from the left panel.
- For the SDK Location in the main panel, click Browse… and locate the SDK directory.
- Click Apply, then OK.