Setup Android Development with Eclipse on Mac

Install and setup the tools necessary for Android development with Eclipse on Mac OS X (Lion)



Mac running Mac OS X (Lion) (Intel)


Download Eclipse Classic for Mac from the Eclipse download page.

Eclipse Classic is recommended but those who know they need a different version can download that instead.

Extract the .tar.gz file by, for example, locating it in Finder and double clicking on it.

Drag the eclipse folder that was created to the Applications folder.

Download the Android SDK for Mac from the Android SDK download page.

Extract the .zip file and move the created android-sdk-macosx directory to somewhere you wish to keep it on your system (for example, ~/android-sdk-macosx).

Include the Android tools in your path by adding the following to your ~/.bashrc file, replacing {user} with your username or otherwise modifying the path to match where the SDK folder was moved.

export PATH=$PATH:/Users/{user}/android-sdk-macosx/tools:/Users/{user}/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools

Run Eclipse and go to the Help menu and Install new software...

Click the Add... button at the top right of the Install dialog, enter the following details and then click OK.

Name: ADT Plugin

Ensure the ADT Plugin is listed in the Work with drop-down and once the software list has been updated check the box next to Developer Tools. Click through, agree to the licenses as applicable and allow the items to install.

Restart Eclipse and you are ready to produce your Android apps.

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