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Android Studio SDK location

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I see there a lot of similar topics pertaining to this issue but I did not find a solution for me among those posts. I just installed Android Studio v0.8.14 and it won’t let me create a new project because I do not have an SDK path specified. For the life of me I cannot find where that path should be. I see many people have it located in C:/Android or someplace similar, however the only Android files I have are on my desktop in the extracted folder that came in the .zip. All paths inside that folder do not qualify as an appropriate SDK location, according to Android Studio. Am I being completely ridiculous and missing the obvious?

How to&Answers:

Download the SDK from here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/ to C:\android-sdk\.

Then when you launch Android Studio again, it will prompt you for the SDK path just point it to: C:\android-sdk\.

Update: new download location, https://developer.android.com/studio/#command-tools


For Mac/OSX the default location is /Users/<username>/Library/Android/sdk.


Android Studio on Windows 8:


(in username : please enter valid username)

Install it and restart your Android Studio.

The above steps are similar for win 7 and also same for eclipse.

Update: Windows 10 (similar steps) – pointed out by RBT


This is the sdk path Android Studio installed for me:

I’m running windows 8.1.

You can find the path going into Android Studio -> Configure -> SDK Manager -> On the top left it should say SDK Path.

I don’t think it’s necessary to install the sdk separately, as the default option for Android Studio is to install the latest sdk too.


I had forgot where the sdk location was installed to so what I did was open Android Studio and selected Settings then used the following submenu

Current 1/1/2017:Tools -> SDK Manager

Latest edition

outdate: Appearance & Behavior -> System Settings -> Android SDK

There the sdk location was listed as Android SDK Location



The location I found it in for Windows 8.1. I think the default SDK folder. AppData is a hidden folder, so you will not locate it unless you type it in once you get into your C:\Users\ folder.


windows (8.1):

After installing Android Studio,
by default

sdk path: “C:\Users\< username >\AppData\Local\Android\sdk

by default
AppData folder is hidden, make it visible first.

macOS (Sierra 10.12.6):

After installing Android Studio (2.3.3),
by default

sdk path: “/Users/< username >/Library/Android/sdk

may be
Library folder is hidden.
To make it visible:-
Open Terminal and type “chflags nohidden ~/Library/” then hit return.


Start Android Studio and select Configure –> SDK Manager

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Then, check the path of Android SDK

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If you can’t find the SDK location, you may want to download it. Just scroll down to near end of the download page and select the Android SDK with respect to your OS.

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  • Linux (Ubuntu 18.4)


  • windows (8.1)


(AppData folder is hidden, check folder properties first)

  • macOS (Sierra 10.12.6)



For Mac users running:

  1. Open Android Studio
  2. Select Android Studio -> Preferences -> System Settings -> Android
  3. Your SDK location will be specified on the upper right side of the
    screen under [Android SDK Location]

I’m running Android Studio 2.2.3


When i upgraded i just moved my SDK to my user folder C:\Users\Nick\Android-SDK and updated my path in Android Studio. Worked like a charm.

EDIT: (More detail) – My SDK was originally inside C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-studio\sdk, I just Cut and Paste the entire \sdk folder into C:\Users\Nick\Android-SDK, then set it inside Android Studio to the new location.


If your project is open click on Gradle Scripts >local.properties(SDK LOCATION), open it and there is the location of sdk with name


Note don’t forget the replace \\ to \ before coping the things(sdk location)


For Ubuntu users running:

a)Open Android Studio
b)Select Android Studio -> Settings -> Android SDK or
Android Studio -> Project structure -> SDK location or to open Project structure shortcut is (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+s)
c)Your SDK location will be specified on the upper right side of the screen under [Android SDK Location]


Consider Using windows 7 64bits



Open the Preferences window by clicking File > Settings (on Mac, Android Studio > Preferences).
In the left panel, click Appearance & Behavior >Android SDK .

you will the the path



follow this link above to the download page and download your platform WiNDOWS OR MAC—–unzip into your C:\Users(yourPC)\AppData\Local\Android\sdk……… (and sdk1 if you have both)

Overwrite the (platform-tools) file or rename the one that’s in there if you don’t feel comfortable overwriting it…I renamed mine to /old-platform-tools…and obviously the new file that will be unzipped is /platform-tools …I did this inside SDK and SDK1 and I was able to get the ANDROID EMULATOR working….more specifically the PLAY BUTTON in Android studio (9–1–2017)..I was getting the error unable to find adb…for some reason window and other anti-viruses are trumping the install process….I’m running windows 8.1



This is the right path, if you looking up for sdkmanager.


Windows 10 – when upgrading from AS 2.x to 3.01

AS has the SDK directory name changed from …/sdk to …/Sdk

Because I kept my original settings this caused an issue.
Changed back to lowercase and all working!


AndroidStudioFrontScreenI simply double clicked the Android dmg install file that I saved on the hard drive and when the initial screen came up I dragged the icon for Android Studio into the Applications folder, now I know where it is!!! Also when you run it, be sure to right click the Android Studio while on the Dock and select “Options” -> “Keep on Dock”. Everything else works.

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create a new folder in your android studio parent directory folder. Name it sdk or whatever you want.
Select that folder from the drop down list when asked.
Thats what solves it for me.



check this location in windows