A Starter’s Guide to the Android SDK (on Linux)
It’s fairly easy to setup and install the Android SDK on Linux. For starters, the fact that you don’t need a Mac, and that it’s freely available really helps. The Android developers website is very resourceful and has a lot of information and step-by-step guides to have the SDK setup and ready in no time. Chances are, you won’t have to look at any other websites for this purpose.
Things You’ll Need
1. Make sure your system meets the system requirements (it’s a few hundred MBs of hard drive storage).
2. The SDK Starter Package
3. ADT Plug-in for Eclipse (if developing in Eclipse). Requires Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo) or greater.
If not developing in Eclipse, you can use other IDEs like Apache Ant 8.1 or greater (http://ant.apache.org/) or JDK 5 or JDK 6 (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html)
Installing the SDK
Firstly, the downloaded file must be unzipped.
Zip file Type ‘unzip filename.zip’ in the terminal
.tgz file Type ‘tar zxf filename.tgz’ in the terminal
Once all the files are extracted, eclipse is ready to be used. Typing in ‘eclipse’ in the terminal should start the IDE.
Installing the ADT (Android Development Toolkit) to Eclipse
Follow this link for a step-by-step guide to adding the ADT Plug-in to Eclipse.
Install Android Platforms, APIs and other recommended tools
Once the ADT is installed, you can launch the Android Manager from Eclipse.
Select Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager.
Select the required components from the Android SDK Manager and it will install the required components for you.
That’s it! You’re ready to start developing your own Android Applications.