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android – Can't find AVD or SDK manager in Eclipse

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


Seems like I’m having some problems after updating my android sdk tools and platform-tools using the sdk manager. The problem is that, after updating, I found that the avd or sdk options in the windows dropdown menu in eclipse are gone! And, I can’t find any option to create an android project from file->new projects any more.

I tried removing the ADT from eclipse and the software site “https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/” from “available software sites” and then reinstalled the ADT from “https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/” using help->install new software. The installation was successful, but I still don’t have any option for shortcuts to the SDK manager or the AVD in eclipse, and neither can I create a new android project.

By the way, the android perspectives are not gone, they are still here. Also, I can manually open the avd and sdk manager from the directory where I have installed them.

Can anyone please show me a workaround? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

How to&Answers:

I have solved this as follows:

  1. Window > Customize Perspective… (you will see Android and AVD Manager are disabled)

  2. Command Groups Availability > Android and AVD Manager > check

  3. Tool Bar Visibility > Android and AVD Manager > check


I had similar problem after updating SDK from r20 to r21, but all I missed was the SDK/AVD Manager and running into this post while searching for the answer.

I managed to solve it by going to Window -> Customize Perspective, and under Command Groups Availability tab check the Android SDK and AVD Manager (not sure why it became unchecked because it was there before). I’m using Mac by the way, in case the menu option looks different.


Well I feel silly, but my problem was that I was in the Debug perspective and they do not show up in that perspective. Switched back to the Java perspective and viola.


Window -> Custom Perspective -> Command Groups Availability -> Android SDK and AVD Manager check it


Chances are that you may be running your eclipse using Java 1.5.

Latest Plugin requires that the JRE be 1.6 or higher. 

You will have to use Eclipse that runs on JRE 1.6

Edit: I had run into same problems. If it is not JRE problem then you can debug this. Follow below procedure:

  1. Window -> show View -> other -> Plugin Development -> Plugin Registry
  2. In the plugin registry search for com.android.ide.eclipse.adt or any other plugin related to android (depending on your installation there maybe 7-8)
  3. Select , Right Click -> Diagnose. This will show the problem why the plugin was not loaded


Try to reinstall ADT plugin on Eclipse. Check out this:
Installing the Eclipse Plugin


I would suggest you to install the ADT plugin compatable with your Android SDK tools and try to install all the required plugins compatable with your Android SDK
Android SDK tools Rev 20.0.3
Android SDK tools Rev 20.0.3
Android SDK Platform-tools Rev 14
Android 2.3.3(API 10) sdk platform rev 2
samples for sdk api 10 rev 1
ADT Plugin 20.0.3


Unfortunately I ended up having to re-install eclipse. but first (In Linux)(not sure of folder in Windows) do:

sudo rm -R /usr/share/eclipse/