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Android studio Where to install NDK file? (downloaded it in zip)

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My android studio said it wanted to update. But when I did I tried to update it but it wouldn’t work so I had to launch:
to install other packages. But the NDK file wouldn’t update, so I manually downloaded it from:


Now I have this zip file and where should I extract the folder? Grateful for any help!!

The folder name is android-ndk-r13b.

How to&Answers:

Yes, rename the extracted folder android-ndk-r13b(probably the exact name will be outdated someday soon) to ndk-bundle (you can put the NDK [and SDK for that matter] anywhere, and leave the name alone if you want {do not do this, I’m sure seen one case of hard-coded sub-path}),
then, make the settings point to the location where you put it.

Android Studio, File menu | Project Structure Ctrl+Alt+Shift+s
(short-cut: ctrl+Alt+Shift+s):

Android Studio, File menu | Project Structure

It might also be helpful to you to set/check the following environmental variables:


EXTRA stuff:

While were doing environmental variables (belt-and-braces for SDK):


For JDK:

JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_112
JAVA_PATH=C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_112\bin

JDK is the Java Development Kit.
JRE is the Java Run-time Environment.

If your tight on memory (RAM) for Gradle (700 Megabytes is about as low as you can go, other tools like monitor.bat use this variable too, it’s ubiquitous) (clearly you want to make it as big a possible, without swapping making it extremely slow to build {note the underscore VERY important ! [it’s a reserved name space conflict operator, don’t ask me to explain it’s VERY complicated !]}):


Some Links

Setting up for Android NDK development
Add C and C++ Code to Your Project
Getting Started with the NDK
Using C and C++ Code in an Android App with the NDK


Download the .zip file. Start the installation through SDK manager.
Go to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\ndk-bundle and copy .installer folder to desktop and cancel the downloading in SDK manager.
Open .installer folder and open .installationdata file and check the folder in which the file is being downloaded like:
Copy downloaded .zip file to the folder PackageOperation01 or whatever listed in .installationdata file.
Now copy the .installer folder from desktop to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\ndk-bundle
and start the SDK manager
and start the installation again for NDK.
The SDK manager will start the installation skipping the download process.


In order to help those who are using MAC OSx, The process on MAC is as follows:

  • download ndk-bundle in zip format
  • run terminal
  • use below command to find your temp directory in mac (e.g. /var/folders/sp/31g4p3kd5l10c68qdy475krr0000gn/T/)

    echo $TMPDIR

  • change directory to PackageOperation01

    cd PackageOperation01

  • copy ndk-bundle.zip into the directory

    cp /path/to/ndk-bundle.zip /$TMPDIR/PackageOperation01/

  • start Android Studio and in SDK-Manager try to install ndk-bundle again.