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The sdkmanager is a command line tool that allows you to view, install, update, and uninstall packages for the Android SDK. If you're using Android Studio, then you do not need to use this tool and you can instead manage your SDK packages from the IDE.

The sdkmanager tool is provided in the Android SDK Tools package (25.2.3 and higher) and is located in android_sdk/tools/bin/.


You can use the sdkmanager to perform the following tasks.

List installed and available packages

sdkmanager --list [options]

Install packages

sdkmanager packages [options]

The packages argument is an SDK-style path as shown with the --list command, wrapped in quotes (for example, "build-tools;27.0.3" or "platforms;android-26"). You can pass multiple package paths, separated with a space, but they must each be wrapped in their own set of quotes.

For example, here's how to install the latest platform tools (which includes adb and fastboot) and the SDK tools for API level 26:

sdkmanager "platform-tools" "platforms;android-26"

Alternatively, you can pass a text file that specifies all packages:

sdkmanager --package_file=package_file [options]

The package_file argument is the location of a text file in which each line is an SDK-style path of a package to install (without quotes).

To uninstall, simply add the --uninstall flag:

sdkmanager --uninstall packages [options]
sdkmanager --uninstall --package_file=package_file [options]

Update all installed packages

sdkmanager --update [options]


The following table lists the available options for the above commands.

Option Description
--sdk_root=path Use the specified SDK path instead of the SDK containing this tool
--channel=channel_id Include packages in channels up to channel_id. Available channels are:

0 (Stable), 1 (Beta), 2 (Dev), and 3 (Canary).

--include_obsolete Include obsolete packages in the package listing or package updates. For use with --list and --update only.
--no_https Force all connections to use HTTP rather than HTTPS.
--verbose Verbose output mode. Errors, warnings and informational messages are printed.
--proxy={http | socks} Connect via a proxy of the given type: either http for high level protocols such as HTTP or FTP, or socks for a SOCKS (V4 or V5) proxy.
--proxy_host={IP_address | DNS_address} IP or DNS address of the proxy to use.
--proxy_port=port_number Proxy port number to connect to.
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