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.
sdkmanager tool is provided in the Android SDK Tools package
(25.2.3 and higher). To install it, follow these steps:
- Download the "command line tools only" package from the Android Studio downloads page.
- Unzip the package and move it to a directory of your choice.
To install the latest version of
sdkmanager, run the following command from the directory the unzipped package is in:
cmdline-tools/bin/sdkmanager --install "cmdline-tools;latest"
You might have to use the
--sdk_rootflag to specify a directory to install it in, say
sdkmanageris located in
You can use the
sdkmanager to perform the following tasks.
List installed and available packages
sdkmanager --list [options] \ [--channel=channel_id] // Channels: 0 (stable), 1 (beta), 2 (dev), or 3 (canary)
channel option to include a package from a channel up to and
channel_id. For example, specify the canary channel to list packages
from all channels.
sdkmanager packages [options]
The packages argument is an SDK-style path as shown with
--list command, wrapped in quotes (for example,
"platforms;android-28"). You can pass multiple package
paths, separated with a space, but they must each be wrapped in their own set of
For example, here's how to install the latest platform tools (which includes
fastboot) and the SDK tools for API level 28:
sdkmanager "platform-tools" "platforms;android-28"
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
sdkmanager --uninstall packages [options] sdkmanager --uninstall --package_file=package_file [options]
To install CMake or the NDK, use the following syntax:
sdkmanager --install ["ndk;major.minor.build[suffix]" | "cmake;major.minor.micro.build"] [--channel=channel_id] // NDK channels: 0 (stable), 1 (beta), or 3 (canary)
For example, use the following command to install the specified NDK version regardless of which channel it is currently on.
sdkmanager --install "ndk;21.3.6528147" --channel=3 // Install the NDK from the canary channel (or below) sdkmanager --install "cmake;10.24988404" // Install a specific version of CMake
Update all installed packages
sdkmanager --update [options]
The following table lists the available options for the above commands.
||Use the specified SDK path instead of the SDK containing this tool|
||Include packages in channels up to and including channel_id. Available channels are:
||Include obsolete packages in the package listing or package updates.
For use with
||Force all connections to use HTTP rather than HTTPS.|
||Verbose output mode. Errors, warnings and informational messages are printed.|
||Connect via a proxy of the given type: either
||IP or DNS address of the proxy to use.|
||Proxy port number to connect to.|