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configuration – Where to install Android SDK on Mac OS X?

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Where should the Android SDK be installed on Mac OS X?

How to&Answers:

Now the android-sdk has migrated from homebrew/core to homebrew/cask.

brew tap homebrew/cask

and install android-sdk using

brew cask install android-sdk

You will have to add the ANDROID_HOME to profile (.zshrc or .bashrc)

export ANDROID_HOME=/usr/local/share/android-sdk


The easiest (and standard) way to install Android SDK under OS X is to use brew.

brew install android-sdk

If you do not have homebrew, here’s how to get it.

This will install Android SDK into /usr/local/Cellar/android-sdk/ and, at this moment, this is the best location to install it.


My personal preference is to put it in ~/opt/local/android-sdk-mac or /Developer/android-sdk-mac the latter being where Xcode and all the Apple Dev tools are held.


When I installed Android Studio 1.0 it ended up in



By default the android sdk installer path is ~/Library/Android/sdk/


You can install android-sdk in different ways

  1. homebrew
    Install brew using command from brew.sh

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"  

    Install android-sdk using

    brew install android-sdk

    Now android-sdk will be installed in /usr/local/opt/android-sdk

    export ANDROID_HOME=/usr/local/opt/android-sdk
  2. If you installed android studio following the website,
    android-sdk will be installed in ~/Library/Android/sdk

    export ANDROID_HOME=~/Library/Android/sdk

I think these defaults make sense and its better to stick to it


From http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html, it seems that you can install the SDK anywhere, so long as you

  1. “execute the android tool in the <sdk>/tools/ folder”
  2. Add the <sdk>/tools directory to your system path

More info can be found here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html


I just have mine in MyUser/Documents/Development. I’m the only one that used my Mac, so I didn’t need to worry about making it accessible system-wide.


I put mine in /Developer/SDKs I had to authenticate to do that…but since there’s no consensus I thought that it sounded like a place I’d remember.


I ended up placing my at ~/sdks/android-sdk-mac_x86. I like to keep all of my SDKs in one place and for me an sdk folder under my home directory makes the most sense.


I have been toying with this as well. I initially had it in my documents folder, but decided that didn’t make ‘philosophical’ sense. I decided to create an Android directory in my home folder and place Eclipse and the Android SKK in there.


A simple way is changing to required sdk in some android project the number of


in build.gradle file and you can install with the manager