Android Development Tools (ADT) is a plugin for the Eclipse IDE that is designed to give you a powerful, integrated environment in which to build Android applications.

ADT extends the capabilities of Eclipse to let you quickly set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add components based on the Android Framework API, debug your applications using the Android SDK tools, and even export signed (or unsigned) APKs in order to distribute your application.

Downloading the ADT Plugin

Use Update Manager feature of your Eclipse installation to install the latest revision of ADT on your development computer.

Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)
  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Software Updates…. In the dialog that appears, click the Available Software tab.
  2. Click Add Site…
  3. In the Add Site dialog that appears, enter this URL in the “Location” field:
    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/

    Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using “http” in the Location URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).

    Click OK.

  4. Back in the Available Software view, you should see the plugin listed by the URL, with “Developer Tools” nested within it. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Install…
  5. On the subsequent Install window, “Android DDMS” and “Android Development Tools” should both be checked. Click Next.
  6. Read and accept the license agreement, then click Finish.
  7. Restart Eclipse.

Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)

  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
  2. In the Available Software dialog, click Add….
  3. In the Add Site dialog that appears, enter a name for the remote site (for example, “Android Plugin”) in the “Name” field.In the “Location” field, enter this URL:
    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/

    Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, you can try using “http” in the URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).

    Click OK.

  4. Back in the Available Software view, you should now see “Developer Tools” added to the list. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools, which will automatically select the nested tools Android DDMS and Android Development Tools. Click Next.
  5. In the resulting Install Details dialog, the Android DDMS and Android Development Tools features are listed. Click Next to read and accept the license agreement and install any dependencies, then click Finish.
  6. Restart Eclipse.

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