Sunday, December 13, 2015

Installing Android Studio on Ubuntu and Debian 64bit

Update: refer to official documentation from Google.

First, download the zip file from Google

I downloaded the All Android Studio Packages for Linux at the very bottom.
Then, in the download folder, unzip the zip file
$ cd ~/Downloads
$ unzip -x android-studio-ide-*.zip

We also need Oracle JDK 1.7, so download this as well.

Download jdk-7u79-linux-x64.tar.gz file. Unzip it as well.
$ tar xzvf jdk-7u79-linux-x64.tar.gz

This will create jdk1.7.0_79 folder. You can either leave this folder here or move it to the system folder. I personally moved it to
$ sudo mv jdk1.7.0_76 /opt/

Now, we need to set the environment JAVA_HOME to point to this folder. To do this, either
$ export JAVA_HOME=~/Downloads/jdk1.7.0_76
$ export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jdk1.7.0_76
depending on where you put the folder. To make this permanent, refer to my previous post.

Now, to run the Android Studio, you simply run the script in the android-studio/bin folder
$ ./android-studio/bin/

This is not it yet. You will probably encounter some error saying
Unable to run mksdcard SDK tool.
while additional setup & installation within Android Studio because it will depend on some of 32bit libraries. Therefore, you will need to install the following 32bit libraries as well
$ sudo apt-get install lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0 lib32stdc++6

Update: For Debian Jessie or Ubuntu 16.04, run
$ sudo apt-get install lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6

Now, you will be able to successfully install and run Android Studio and related packages.

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