android

android is an important development tool that lets you:

If you are using Android Studio or Eclipse, the android tool's features are integrated into the IDE, so you should not need to use this tool directly.

Note: The documentation of options below is not exhaustive and may be out of date. For the most current list of options, execute android --help.

Syntax

android [global options] action [action options]

Global Options

-s
Silent mode: only errors are printed out
-h
Usage help
-v
Verbose mode: errors, warnings and informational messages are printed.

AVD actions and options

Action Option Description Comments
avd None Launch the AVD Manager
sdk None Launch the Android SDK Manager
create avd -n <name> The name for the AVD. Required
-t <targetID> Target ID of the system image to use with the new AVD. To obtain a list of available targets, use android list targets Required
-c <path>|<size>[K|M] The path to the SD card image to use with this AVD or the size of a new SD card image to create for this AVD. For example, -c path/to/sdcard or -c 1000M.
-f Force creation of the AVD
-p <path> Path to the location at which to create the directory for this AVD's files.
-s <name>|<width>-<height> The skin to use for this AVD, identified by name or dimensions. The android tool scans for a matching skin by name or dimension in the skins/ directory of the target referenced in the -t <targetID> argument. For example, -s HVGA-L
delete avd -n <name> The name of the AVD to delete Required
move avd -n <name> The name of the AVD to move Required
-p <path> Path to the location at which to create the directory for this AVD's files.
-r <new-name> New name of the AVD if you want to rename it
update avd -n <name> The name of the AVD to move Required

Project actions and options

Action Option Description Comments
create project -n <name> The name for the project Required
-t <targetID> Target ID of the system image to use with the new AVD. To obtain a list of available targets, use android list targets Required
-k <path>|<size>[K|M] Package namespace Required
-a Name for the default Activity class Required
-p <path> Location of your project directory Required
update project -n <name> The name of the project to update
-p <path> Location path of the project Required
-l <library path> Location path of an Android Library to add, relative to the main project
-s <subprojects> Update any projects in subfolders such as test projects
-t <targetID> Target id to set for the project
create test-project -n <name> The name of the project
-p <path> Location path of the project Required
-m <main> The name of the project Required
update test-project -p <path> Location path of the project to test, relative to the new project Required
-m <main> The main class of the project to test Required
create lib-project -k <packageName> (Required) Package name of the library project Required
-p <path> Location path of the project Required
-t <targetID> Target ID of the library project Required
-n <name> The name of the project Required
update lib-project -p <path> Location path of the project Required
-l <libraryPath> Location path of an Android Library to add, relative to the main project
-t <name> Target ID of the library project
create uitest-project -n <name> The name of the UI test project
-t <name> Target ID of the UI test project Required
-p <path> Location path of the UI test project Required

Update actions

update adb
Updates adb to support the USB devices declared in the SDK add-ons.
update sdk
Updates the SDK by suggesting new platforms to install if available.