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Android Studio for beginners, Part 1: Installation and setup

Jeff Friesen | Aug. 24, 2016
Install Android Studio and start your first Android project

Windows OS

  • Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum, 4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • JDK 8
  • For accelerated emulator: 64-bit operating system and Intel processor with support for Intel VT-x, Intel EM64T (Intel 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

Mac OS

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher, up to 10.11.4 (El Capitan)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum, 4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • JDK 6

Linux OS

  • GNOME or KDE desktop: Tested on Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin (64-bit distribution capable of running 32-bit applications)
  • 64-bit distribution capable of running 32-bit applications
  • GNU C Library (glibc) 2.11 or later
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum, 4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • JDK 8
  • For accelerated emulator: Intel processor with support for Intel VT-x, Intel EM64T (Intel 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality, or AMD processor with support for AMD Virtualization (AMD-V)

Once you've ensured your operating system is compatible with Android Studio 2.1.1, download the appropriate Android Studio distribution file. The Android Studio download page auto-detected that I'm running 64-bit Windows 8.1 and selected android-studio-bundle-143.2821654-windows.exe for me to download.

Bundled installer and Android SDK

android-studio-bundle-143.2821654-windows.exe includes an installer and the Android SDK. Alternatively, I could have downloaded a distribution file without the installer and without the SDK.

Installing Android Studio on 64-bit Windows 8.1

I launched android-studio-bundle-143.2821654-windows.exe to start the installation process. The installer responded by presenting the Android Studio Setup dialog box shown in Figure 1.

The installer presents the Android Studio Setup dialog box.

Figure 1. Set up Android Studio

Clicking Next took me to the following dialog box, which gives you the option to decline installing the Android SDK (included with the installer) and an Android Virtual Device (AVD).

androidstudiop1 fig2

Figure 2. Do you want to install the Android SDK and AVD?

I chose to keep the default settings. After clicking Next, you'll be taken to the license agreement dialog box. Accept the license to continue the installation.

Accept the license agreement to continue installation.

Figure 3. Accept the license agreement to continue installation

The next dialog box invites you to change the installation locations for Android Studio and the Android SDK.

Set the Android Studio and Android SDK installation locations.

 

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