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The avdmanager is a command line tool that allows you to create and manage Android Virtual Devices (AVDs) from the command line. An AVD lets you define the characteristics of an Android handset, Android Wear, or Android TV device that you want to simulate in the Android Emulator.

If you're using Android Studio, then you do not need to use this tool and you can instead create and manage AVDs from the IDE.

The avdmanager tool is provided in the Android SDK Tools package (25.3.0 and higher) and is located in android_sdk/tools/bin/.


avdmanager [global options] command [command options]

Global options

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

Commands and command options

Command and Options Description
create avd -n name -t targetID [-c {path|size}] [-f] [-p path] [-s {name|width-height}] Create a new AVD. You must provide a name and targetID for the AVD. To obtain a list of available targets, use avdmanager list target as described below. The following describes the usages for the other options:
  • -c {path|size}: The path to the SD card image for this AVD or the size of a new SD card image to create for this AVD, in KB or MB, denoted with K or M. For example, -c path/to/sdcard/ or -c 1000M.
  • -f: Force creation of the AVD. Use this option if you need to overwrite an existing AVD with a new AVD using the same name.
  • -p path: Path to the location where the directory for this AVD's files will be created. If you do not specify a path, the AVD will be created in ~/.android/avd/.
  • -s {name|width-height}: The skin for this AVD, specified by name or by dimensions. The avdmanager tool scans for a matching skin by name or dimentions in the skins/ directory of the target referenced in the -t targetID argument. For example, you could specify -s HVGA-L
delete avd -n name Delete an AVD. You must specify the AVD with name.
move avd -n name [-p path] [-r new-name] Move and/or rename an AVD. You must specify the AVD with name. The following describes the usages for the other options:
  • -p path: The absolute path to the location at which to create the directory where this AVD's files will be moved. If you do not include this argument, the AVD will not be moved. You might choose not to include this argument if you want to rename the AVD in place.
  • -r new-name: The new name of the AVD if you want to rename it.
list [target|device|avd] [-c] List all available targets, device definitions, or AVDs. If you do not specify target, device, or avd, avdmanager lists all three. Include the -c argument to receive a compact output, suitable for scripts. The -c argument is not available when listing all three options together.
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